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A guide to the dark / words and photographs by Meriam Metoui.

Metoui, Meriam (author.).

Stranded at the Wildwood Motel while on their spring break road trip, Mira and Layla discover eight people died in their room and set out to find the connection between the deaths and the unexplainable things that keep happening inside Room 9.
The room is watching. But Mira and Layla don't know this yet. When the two best friends are stranded on their spring break college tour road trip, they find themselves at the Wildwood Motel, located in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. Mira can't shake the feeling that there is something wrong and rotten about their room. Inside, she's haunted by nightmares of her dead brother. When she wakes up, he's still there. Layla doesn't see him. Or notice anything suspicious about Room 9. The place may be a little run down, but it has a certain charm she can’t wait to capture on camera. If Layla is being honest, she’s too preoccupied with confusing feelings for Mira to see much else. But when they learn eight people died in that same room, they realize there must be a connection between the deaths and the unexplainable things that keep happening inside it. They just have to find the connection before Mira becomes the ninth.

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  • ISBN: 9781250863218
  • ISBN: 125086321X
  • Physical Description: 359 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2023.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 14 to 18.
Subject: Motels > Juvenile fiction.
Muslim teenagers > Juvenile fiction.
Haunted places > Juvenile fiction.
Lesbians > Juvenile fiction.
Best friends > Juvenile fiction.
Female friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Teenage girls > Fiction.
Automobile travel > Fiction.
Hotels, motels, etc. > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Muslims > United States > Fiction.
Indiana > Fiction.
Supernatural > Fiction.
Genre: Suspense fiction.
Lesbian fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Ghost stories.

Available copies

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.


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