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A Great and Terrible Beauty


From the author of The Diviners series comes the first installment of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy – a dark and eerie supernatural period drama.

It's 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in British India to Spence Academy, 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 at Spence is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's being followed by a mysterious young Indian man who has been 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?

Libba Bray has worked as a waitress, a nanny, a publishing assistant and as an advertising copywriter. Raised in Texas on a diet of British humour, underground bands, suburban dysfunction and bad TV, she now lives in New York with her husband and young son.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (July 1, 2009)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781847387165
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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