Dead Beautiful (A Dead Beautiful Novel) (Hardcover)

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Winter 2011 Kids' Next List

“Ever wonder why, when someone dies, we put them in a box and bury them six feet under? Read Dead Beautiful and discover the Undead, those children who have not been buried after dying, and Gottfried Academy, a boarding school that teaches humans and the Undead how to behave and get along with each other -- most of the time. This riveting story of selfless love, passion, and friendship combined with mystery and suspense will keep teens turning the pages.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI


A compelling paranormal mystery about love...and death.

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral, Renée's wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the "Crude Sciences." It's there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can't stop herself from falling in love. It's only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried's past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems—and if Dante is everything he seems.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

About the Author

Yvonne Woon is the author of the Dead Beautiful novels, including Dead BeautifulLife Eternal, and Love Reborn, as well as If You, Then Me. She invites you to visit her online at

Praise For…

"Woon pulls off some interesting twists and captures readers with the romantic connection between Renée and Dante [and] sprinkles in some philosophical ideas that set the story apart from others in the same genre. Riveting and different, it is a real page-turner."—SLJ

"Boarding-school story meets Murder, She Wrote meets the Twilight series in this nifty title, which also offers an attention-grabbing take on zombies."—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781423119562
ISBN-10: 1423119568
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 21st, 2010
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: A Dead Beautiful Novel