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Beau and Bett

By Kathryn Berla

Release Date: 6/25/2019

ISBN: 9781948705448 | eBook ISBN: 9781948705455

A Modern Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

After Beau LeFrancois's mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as "The Beast" at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.

A contemporary twist on a classic fairy tale, Beau and Bett is a timely story of family, friendship, and the power of speaking out and standing up for yourself.

What starts out as a gender-swapped yet distinctly familiar retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ becomes a contemporary story that touches on issues of harassment and the #MeToo movement. Beau is a thoughtful narrator, and the novel is an engaging read.
— School Library Journal
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About Kathryn Berla

Kathryn Berla is the author of the young adult novels Beau and Bett, Dream Me, The House at 758, and Going Places, as well as the thriller The Kitty Committee.

Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. Her love for experiencing new cultures runs deep, and she gives into it whenever she can. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood, and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book.

Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.