A Great and Terrible BeautyBook - 2003
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?
"A delicious, elegant gothic."-- PW , Starred
"Shivery with both passion and terror."-- Kirkus Reviews
"Compulsively readable." --VOYA
A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)
Iowa High School Book Award
Garden State Teen Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
From Library Staff
Spence, a prestigious English boarding school, may be haunted. Or perhaps just the people who go there are.
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"All the small, simple, conscious acts of living [are] a sudden defense against the dying we do every day" (397).
Gemma (thought): "Let's draw the curtains and stay in, warm and safe, away from the uncertain woods" (204).
Miss Moore: "Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating" (128).
What frightens you? What makes the hair on your arms rise, your palms sweat, the breath catch in your chest like a wild thing caged? Is it the dark? A fleeting memory of a bedtime story, ghosts and gobins and witches hiding in the shadows? Is it the way the wind picks up just before a storm? Or is it something deeper, something much more frightening, a monster deep inside that you've glimpsed only in pieces, the vast unknown of your own soul where secrets gather with a terrible power, the dark inside?
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Gemma Doyle is sent to London after her mother's mysterious death. Suddenly Gemma recieves visions. Then she meets an Indian Boy named Kartik whom is from a clan called the Rakshana. He tells her to close her visions, but Gemma cannot as it's the only way to contact her mother.