A Great and Terrible Beauty

Written byLibba Bray

Published in

About "A Great and Terrible Beauty"

In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India. (Ages 12+)It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Historical
  • Paranormal
  • Romance
  • Magic
  • Teen
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Iowa High School Book Award (2007)
  • Lincoln Award Nominee (2007)
ISBN9780689875342pages403publisherSimon and SchusterseriesGemma Doyle #1settings
  • United Kingdom
  • India
  • Londo
  • ngland
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