Laura Ruby

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Bone Gap

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults
book | Fiction | Mar 2015
US & Canada → Balzer & Bray (Ed. Jordan Brown)
UK & Comm → Faber (Ed. Naomi Colthurst)

Finalist for the National Book Award

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror for Youth: 2015

One of New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens 2015

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adult List 2016

Nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Featured in YALSA's Outstanding Reads for the College-Bound list

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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Bone Gap

Laura Ruby has written a genre-bending story; fairy tale and mythological elements are interwoven with elements of realism in this wholly original and compelling read.

Literacy Daily (International Literacy Association)
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The real magic in Bone Gap is the discovery of love, an idea many stories misrepresent but Bone Gap explores with the utmost honesty and truth.

VOYA (starred)
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An impressive mix of fantasy and realism

[Laura Ruby ]has brought [fantasy and realism] together in a tour de force.

Patricia Hruby Powell'
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This is an incredibly well-written book [...] Laura Ruby puts magic in the middle of the map with this novel; she has created something beautiful, timeless, and powerful that is classic in every sense of the word.

Colleen Mondor
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Cleverly conceived and lusciously written

Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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Ruby accomplishes this seemingly impossible feat with an original, well-constructed plot scary enough and honest enough to satisfy teens as well as adult readers.

Carol Memmott
The Chicago Tribune
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Children's Book of the Week

"This mystery story is written with flair, combining
precise observation and poetic flights, as it explores physical passion, a relationship between brothers, and small-town attitudes, with complicated characters, sharp comic dialogue and an emotional kick."

Nicolette Jones
The Sunday Times
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A haunting and inventive work that subverts expectations at every turn.

Publishers Weekly (starred)
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A strong contender for a top 10 this year.

The Book Smugglers

With lyrical and often stunning prose, Laura Ruby delivers a magical love story and chilling thriller with a cast of characters both surprising and endearing. Bone Gap will haunt you. Steve Brezenoff

A novel that carries you away from its first word into a world that is beautiful, unsettling, magical and powerfully real all at once. Once you've been to Bone Gap, you won't forget it. Courtney Summers

Bone Gap marks Laura Ruby as one of fiction's most original voices. The book is magic realism at its most magical. E. Lockhart

With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, Bone Gap is utterly bewitching. Sarah Hunter
Booklist (starred review)
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Ruby's novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.
School Library Journal
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Bone Gap is an imaginative corkscrew of a mystery about a town full of surreal and sinister secrets. Laura Ruby blends a fairy-tale atmosphere with the heart-stopping grip of a thriller in this exquisite world you can't—and won't want to—escape. Nova Ren Suma

Bone Gap bewitches with indelibly real characters, beautiful prose, and fearless refusal to bow to convention. A thoroughly unforgettable experience. Franny Billingsley

We can, without a doubt, say this is truly an original story and that we loved this book! Marcus Mayer and Katherine Warde
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