Martha Libba Bray is an American-based author who was born on March 11, 1964. She is famously known for the Doyle Trilogy, The Diviners, and Going Bovine. Bray resided in the state of Texas for more than 26 years. After staying in Texas for more than 26 years, she then moved to the city of New York, where Bray currently resides with her husband and their 15-year-old son. Bray’s father was a preacher while their mother was a tutor. Libba Bray was born in the city of Montgomery in Alabama. Bray together with her family, later on, moved to the region of West Virginia and then later on to Corpus Christi and then to Denton, Texas. While in Denton, Bray was admitted to one of the local high schools.
Order of Gemma Doyle Series
|1||A Great and Terrible Beauty||2003|
|3||The Sweet Far Thing||2007|
Order of The Diviners Series
Order of Libba Bray Standalone Novels
When she was 18 years, right after completing her high school education, Bray was involved in an exceedingly serious accident. Over a span of 6 years, Bray had to undergo more than 13 surgeries, which were aimed at reconstructing her face. Due to the accident, Bray has an artificial eye. After completing her high school education, Bray was admitted to the University of Texas where she took Theatre as a major. As an upcoming playwright, Bray believed that it was exceedingly important for her to relocate to the city of New York. As luck would have it, her best friend who resided in Manhattan called her to inform her that she was looking for a roommate. It did not take long before Bray packed her bags and headed for Manhattan.
Bray’s very first job was in Penguin Punham’s publicity department. She, later on, joined Spier, where she worked as an advertising agent. Barry Goldberg, Bray’s husband who worked as a children’s book agent, encouraged her wife to pen down a young adult book. Before this, Bray had penned down three books under a pseudonym for the 17th Street Press. The author’s very first novel became a New-York Times bestseller. Bray went ahead to pen down more books so as to finish the trilogy which she had already started. Libba is friends with so many authors such as Maureen Johnson and John Green. She is also a great friend to Cassandra Clare and Holly Black all of whom are authors. Bray’s most recent novel is The Diviners, which centers on the protagonist Evie O’Neil.
Libba Bray Awards
Her novel, Going Bovine was published in the year 2009 and won the Michael L. Printz Awards. She was given the awarded as a recognition for her literary excellence in the young Adult literature.
Libba Bray Books into Movies
Libba Bray’s The Diviners and A Great and Terrible Beauty have been adapted for a screenplay.
Best Libba Bray Books
A Great and Terrible-Beauty: The first book in the Gemma book series and is set in the year 1875. Because Gemma was raised in colonial India, Gemma wants nothing else apart from living the exceedingly sticky and hot atmosphere to civilized England’s temperate climate, busting social scene and great climate. However, unexpectedly Emma’s wish is granted but in an exceedingly tragic and dramatic way. Gemma’s mom was killed in a supernatural and exceedingly mysterious attack, and his father due to his inability to cope with the sudden situation becomes addicted to Opium. Gemma is admitted to the Spence Academy, an exclusive young ladies finishing school. The freethinking and high-spirited Gemma finds herself in conflict with the structural Victorian society and the school’s rules. Furthermore, she is not able to comfortably fit in the school’s social setting since the other students are not only snobbish but also spiteful and also not willing to accept her.
However, things begin to change when the protagonist finds an old diary, which was written more than twenty years ago. This diary did shed light on the history of Spence and also to Gemma’s prophetic visions. She also discovers that she can travel to a dream world or the realms where every young lady’s dreams do come true. She informs three of her closest friends, who are constantly united by their travel to the realms. As the group continues to become more daring and also caught up in magic, the more they do find themselves constantly repeating the events which led to the disaster more than 20 years ago. With that said, it is exceedingly wrong to term this novel as historical fiction. Despite the fact that the book is set in Victorian England, all the characters including the main character are not Victorian.