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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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July 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-689-87534-7 / 978-0-689-87534-2 (USA edition)
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Readers Circle (Prebound))
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Title: A Great And Terrible Beauty (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
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March 2005 : USA Turtleback
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
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ISBN: 0-606-33978-7 / 978-0-606-33978-0 (USA edition)
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May 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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ISBN: 0-7862-6504-3 / 978-0-7862-6504-6 (USA edition)
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December 2003 : USA Hardback
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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
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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
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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 Children's
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author(s): Libba Bray
ISBN: 0-7862-8082-4 / 978-0-7862-8082-7 (USA edition)
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March 2005 : USA Paperback
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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)
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September 2007 : USA Audio CD
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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)
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July 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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July 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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July 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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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)
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February 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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ISBN: 1-4000-8621-3 / 978-1-4000-8621-4 (USA edition)
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January 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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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)
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December 2003 : USA Audio CD
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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 (Audio)
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July 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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December 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 1)
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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