2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature

Laura Ruby

Bone Gap

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN: 978-0062317605

Bone Gap Laura Ruby, credit Stephen Metro


Bone Gap is a mesmerizing fusion of genres—part mystery, part romance, part magical realism—that plunges the reader straight into the shadowy heart of small town America. This wholly inventive tale captivates and confounds; it’s a deeply felt look at love and loss that simmers with dark humor and crackles with unsettling ideas. Laura Ruby has joined the ranks of subversively original authors with this enigmatic puzzle that keeps shifting before our very eyes.


Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens and children. Her titles include the Edgar-nominated tween mystery Lily’s Ghosts, the children’s fantasy The Wall and the Wing (2006) and a sequel, The Chaos King (2007) all published by HarperCollins. She writes for older teens as well, and her debut young adult novel, Good Girls (2006), also from HarperCollins, was a Book Sense Pick for fall 2006 and an ALA Quick Pick for 2007. She followed this with the teen novels Play Me (2008) and Bad Apple (2009). She is a professor of writing at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and lives in Chicago.


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Photo credit: Stephen Metro