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Pilgrennon's Beacon

(The first book in the Pilgrennon's Children series)
A novel by

e-Edition with exclusive bonus content. Caught in a feud between the two greatest minds of her time, Dana must reach the distant beacon to uncover the dark secrets of her past.

Dana Provine is a girl with mild autism and a secret ability to mentally control computers, who runs away from bullies at her school in Coventry after a hospital scan reveals an object lodged in her brain. A compelling signal leads her north to the Outer Hebrides and an abandoned military facility on the remote and supposedly haunted Flannan Isles, where she hopes to untangle the mystery shrouding her birth and her missing parents. But as the lies of the past unfold, Dana unwittingly finds herself under the scrutiny of a government supercomputer with the power to destroy everything she knows...

This e-Edition includes an excerpt from the sequel, deleted scenes, and some other bonus material not available in the paperback version.

Comments from Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

I think this is really well done. I particularly appreciate that it's an unusual story, and not at all cliched. The excerpt is not predictable, either in its writing or its plot... It's clear from the start of this excerpt--when we see that Dana is able to communicate with the walk signal--that we have something more than the usual picked-on protagonist trying to avoid her attackers. ("Henchgirls" is a nice touch.) The excerpt starts strong and remains strong. Information about Dana's current living situation is provided, but we're not beaten over the head with the details. The information is instead leaked into the narrative deftly. And the scene in the hospital, when something is found implanted in Dana's head, is likewise well done. By the end of the excerpt, I'm hooked on the story and want more. It's unusual and well-written. ...Amazon Vine Review

Excellent, intriguing, well written. Much of the narrative is from the child's point of view but still is strong and pulls my interest... So far this excerpt is spot on....Amazon Vine Reviewer

A clever attempt to explore autism in the context of an intriguing mystery... The premise of a girl, Dana, abandoned by her parents, diagnosed with autism and then discovered to have some sort of computer in her brain is very clever. The restroom altercation between Dana and her nemesis is surprisingly violent but also feels real. Much of the writing is graceful and nimble and the addition of the mystery element spices things up and comes as a pleasant surprise ...Amazon Vine Reviewer

The author is able to maintain a high level of tension through many parts ...Publisher's Weekly


Used availability for Manda Benson's Pilgrennon's Beacon

Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Pilgrennon's Beacon (Pilgrennon's Children)
Author(s): Manda Benson
ISBN: 0-9566080-2-7 / 978-0-9566080-2-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tangentrine
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Pilgrennon's Beacon (Pilgrennon's Children Book 1)
Author(s): Manda Benson
Publisher: Tangentrine
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA