Dead Beautiful (Hardcover)

By Yvonne Woon

Hyperion Books, 9781423119562, 456pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010

Winter 2011 Kids' Next List

“Ever wonder why, when someone dies, we put them in a box and bury them six feet under? Read Dead Beautiful and discover the Undead, those children who have not been buried after dying, and Gottfried Academy, a boarding school that teaches humans and the Undead how to behave and get along with each other -- most of the time. This riveting story of selfless love, passion, and friendship combined with mystery and suspense will keep teens turning the pages.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
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Description

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Ren e Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.
After the funeral Ren e's wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the "Crude Sciences."
It's there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Ren e can't stop herself from falling in love. It's only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried's past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems. Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.
"Dead Beautiful" is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.



About the Author

Yvonne Woon grew up in Massachusetts, where she attended Worcester Academy. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction. "Dead Beautiful" is her first book.
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