BY CORY ANDERSON
What Beauty There Is
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Living in harsh poverty, Jack Morton is holding his breath. He and his younger brother have nothing—except each other. And now Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.
He chooses the money.
Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or speak, and help the brothers survive.
Choices. They come at a price.
About the Author
What Beauty There Is is Cory Anderson’s YA novel about brutality and beauty, and about broken people trying to survive—perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Laura Ruby, and Meg Rosoff.
Cory is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.
Photos credit: Heather Nan Photography
To understand the truth,
you have to start at the beginning.
– WHAT BEAUTY THERE IS
A message from Cory
What Beauty There Is is about finding beauty in brutal times, and having hope for what’s to come.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group