Beauty Queens

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Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN 13: 978-0439895972
ISBN 10: 0439895979
Reader Level: Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Libba has conducted an interview…With herself! Check out the interview online here!

Libba Bray recorded the audio book herself, and there will be some clips of the book available online soon. Check back here in the future!

A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Young Adult Literature

2012 Audie Award Winner for Best Narration by the Author

2012 Audie Award Nomination for Best Teen Audiobook

From bestselling, Printz award-winning author Libba Bray comes the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

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Libba Bray not only breaks the mold… she smashes it and grinds the tiny pieces into the sidewalk. For the record, I’d go anywhere she wanted to take me.

The New York Times Book Review

{a} hilarious romp into an examination of femininity and feminism, sex and sexuality…sure to be popular.


While the foibles of today’s media/celebrity/political culture are the clear target of this stinging satire, the teen cast is funny and endearing in its own right…The humor is both dark and madcap, including footnote asides and commercial scripts that keep the laughs coming.

Kirkus Reviews

This is Libba Bray, a writer much more interested in subverting that paradigm—girl-on-girl psychological violence as spectator sport—than playing into it…Beauty Queens is a madcap surrealist satire of the world in which her readers have come of age—reality TV, corporate sponsorship, product placement, beauty obsession—but ultimately, it’s a story of empowering self-discovery.

New York Times Book Review

Out-there satire…Lord of the Flies with an evening gown competition, anyone?

Publishers Weekly