The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Homosexuality; Transgender; Physical disability; lesbian; lesbian teenager; transgender teenager; boy to girl; deaf; deaf teenager
Black / Indian American / White
lesbian female; transgender female
Audie Award, 2012, Finalist, Teen; Cybils Awards, 2011, Nominee, Fiction Young Adult; Goodreads Choice Award, 2011, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction; James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, 2011, Honor; Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2011, Finalist, Young Adult Literature; 50 Books about Survival, 2012 Against the Odds; Amelia Bloomer List, 2012; Best of the Best Books, 2011 Fiction; Booklist Editors' Choice: Audio for Youth, 2011; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2012; Choices, 2012 Fiction Young Adult; Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 GLBTQ Children and Teens: Fiction; Kirkus Best Young Adult Books, 2011; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2011 Fiction; Rainbow List, 2012 Young Adult Fiction; School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2011; YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012; YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2014 GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queerquestioning, Intersex, Asexual individuals, and Their Allies-Fiction; YALSA Readers Choice, 2012 Sci-Fi/Fantasy; YALSA Top 10 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2012
plane crash; few survivors; shady government operations; pirates; female empowerment; beauty pageant; survival skills
Bray, Libba, "Beauty Queens" (2012). DIVerse Families. 1465.