Author Libba Bray Visits the Young Critics

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba BrayOn March 26, 2004, the Young Critics were visited by LIBBA BRAY, author of A Great and Terrible Beauty, a thrilling Victorian/Gothic mystery novel (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2003).  Miss Bray described how her characters were developed (some are based on old family photographs and folklore), how her novel developed (the book required many, many revisions, during which some characters and episodes were "left on the cutting room floor"), and invited us to keep our eyes open for future stories about Gemma, Felicity, Pippa, Ann, the strange, dark, and handsome Kartik, and the secrets of the mystical Order.

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Adrienne Waintraub of Random House, publishers of A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY; Libba Bray, Mrs. Mac, and Mrs. Clark

Julie is captivated by Miss Bray's story

Author Libba Bray

Please sign my book!

Young Critics are avid fans

Miss Bray and some of her inspirational family treasures

Miss Bray explains how she used vintage catalogs and other materials to define her settings and characters