Wild Beauty

Title

Wild Beauty

Publisher

Feiwel

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781250180735

Pages

368 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Love grows such strange things. Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel The Weight of Feathers garnered fabulous reviews and was a finalist for the prestigious YALSA Morris Award, and her second novel, When the Moon was Ours, was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Now, in Wild Beauty, McLemore introduces a spellbinding setting and two characters who are drawn together by fate―and pulled apart by reality. For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

830L

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ; Bisexual; Gay/Lesbian; lesbian; queer; bisexual child

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Undetermined

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult (Speculative Fiction)
Northern California Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult
Rainbow List, 2019 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

flowers; magic; love; death; family; generations

Diversity Impact

indirect

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