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A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty

(2003)
(The first book in the Gemma Doyle series)
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A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left wi! th the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy. (Ages 12 up) -Patty Campbell

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-689-87534-7 / 978-0-689-87534-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
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March 2005 : USA Library Binding
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Readers Circle (Prebound))
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-7569-5701-X / 978-0-7569-5701-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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March 2005 : USA Library Binding
Title: A Great And Terrible Beauty (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 1-4177-3227-X / 978-1-4177-3227-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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March 2005 : USA Turtleback
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-606-33978-7 / 978-0-606-33978-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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May 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-7862-6504-3 / 978-0-7862-6504-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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December 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-385-73028-4 / 978-0-385-73028-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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December 2003 : USA Library Binding
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-385-90161-5 / 978-0-385-90161-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-689-87535-5 / 978-0-689-87535-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-7862-8082-4 / 978-0-7862-8082-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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March 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-385-73231-7 / 978-0-385-73231-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ember
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Audio Editions

September 2007 : USA Audio CD
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-8072-2376-X / 978-0-8072-2376-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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July 2004 : USA Audio edition
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   

July 2004 : USA Audio edition
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   

June 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-8072-2067-1 / 978-0-8072-2067-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon CA   

February 2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 1-4000-8621-3 / 978-1-4000-8621-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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January 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-8072-2066-3 / 978-0-8072-2066-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

December 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-8072-2386-7 / 978-0-8072-2386-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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December 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Author(s): Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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