Five Books on Beauty

The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes — Appearance doesn’t matter much when you’re the only human on your planet. And maybe new environments require different standards of beauty. But that doesn’t help you when colonists arrive with their own set of ideals.

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson — Sara Louise feels her life is defined by the fact that she isn’t a beauty like her twin sister. Is it fair? No. But it’s going to take more than hand cream for her to find her own sort of beauty.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld — Tally can’t wait to become a beautiful “pretty.” That is, until she finds out that along with gaining good looks, she might be sacrificing far more than she imagined.

Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer — Dara used to be a pretty little girl, but because of her weight, none of her classmates would consider her beautiful now. What’s more important, though, is how Dara feels about it, and how much that can change in one summer.

Fire by Kristin Cashore — Fire is not what you’d expect from a monster. So beautiful one look at her can drive men to marriage proposals or violence, she’s used to hiding herself away for everyone’s safety. But what if her monstrous beauty could save her country?

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