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Beautiful Creatures
ISBN: 9780316077033
Author: Garcia, Kami
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Published: 2010-09-14
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Annotation: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Supernatural; Fiction.
Psychic ability; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2008051306
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Beautiful Creatures
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
Target Age Group: Age 15-18
Target Grade: Grade 10-12
Grade level: Grade 10-12
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction, High School, Fantasy, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 134708
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 21.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q48490
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 35.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. Beautiful Creatures is their debut novel.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Nothing ever happens in Ethan's small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets Lena. Lena, along with her eccentric family, is a Caster (like a witch), and Ethan falls in love with her despite the danger she represents (there's a curse involved). Patient readers are rewarded with a multifaceted Southern gothic saga that culminates in a dramatic good-versus-evil showdown. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 December)

Gr 7 Up—Ethan Wate, a high school sophomore, plans to escape his small Southern town as soon as he can. Life has been difficult since his mother died; his father, a writer, has withdrawn into his study. Then Lena Duchannes arrives, and this strange new girl is the very one who has been occupying his dreams. She and her kin are Casters, beings who have supernatural powers. Getting to know her exposes Ethan to time travel, mortal danger, and love. The teens can hardly bear to be apart, but Lena's 16th birthday, when she will be Claimed for dark or light, is only 6 months away. To save her, they fight supernatural powers and the prejudice of closed-minded people. Yet, good and evil are not clearly delineated, nor are they necessarily at odds. In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice, the authors evoke a dark, supernatural world in a seemingly simple town obsessed with Civil War reenactments and deeply loyal to its Confederate past. The intensity of Ethan and Lena's need to be together is palpable, the detailed descriptions create a vivid, authentic world, and the allure of this story is the power of love. The satisfying conclusion is sure to lead directly into a sequel. Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) or HBO's "True Blood" series and they will devour all 600-plus pages of this teen Gothic romance.—Amy J. Chow, The Brearley School, New York City

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