Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Book title: Beauty Queens

Author: Libba Bray

Bibliographic entry  Bray, L. (2011). Beauty Queens. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Description  50 contestants for the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant are heading towards their first tropical photo shoot, when the plane crashes.  The survivors bond together to survive learning how to be smart, deal with pirates and exfoliate with only sand and salt water.  A scathing satire of gender stereotypes.
Reaction  Each of the survivors has a very different background, each hiding their true selves and each with different ambitions.  Their stories are every girls stories and this book will relate to every young woman.  The satire happens on many different levels so weak readers and strong readers alike should find something here.
Recommended age level Intermediate/Senior
Subjects/themes  Identity quest, gender roles, media portrayal, sexuality
Curriculum connections  Health and Physical Education: describe the factors that lead to responsible sexual relationshipsSocial Science: explain the role of socialization in the development of the individual
Awards 2012 Audie Award for Teens and Best Narration by the Author; 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature; 2011 Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book Books of the Year
Miscellaneous Exploration of budding sexuality is a common theme so younger readers should be cautioned.

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