Beauty Queens (Hardcover)
En route to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant (sponsored by the menacing but ingenious "Corporation") the plane carrying the contestants crashes on a desert island. As the surviving beauty queens struggle to endure in an unforgiving land of dangers they've never even dreamed of, they encounter snakes, eat grubs, and attempt to outwit sinister island inhabitants. Armed with their wits and their excellent fashion sense, these girls show that they are not to be trifled with. A little bit Lost, a little bit Lord of the Flies, with a dash of Miss Congeniality, Bray has created a charming and often hilarious novel about a group of young women that learn just how strong they can be.— Casey S.
Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“Bray's newest novel deserves far more than a simple 'Gilligan's Island meets Lord of the Flies' comparison. Yes it's funny, and yes, it's scary. And of course, you won't be able to put it down until you've read the last page. But this social-comedy adventure is also a masterfully written, inspiring story about being true to yourself, no matter what.”
— Ellen Klein, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.