Bone Gap

Finalist, National Book Awards 2015 for Young People's Literature

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby book cover, 2015
ISBN 9780062317605
Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children's Books
Laura Ruby author photo
Laura Ruby

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Michael L. Printz Medal winner and National Book Award Finalist Bone Gap, the Edgar Award-nominee Lily’s Ghosts, the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the York series. More about this author >

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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.

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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.


Laura Ruby reads at the 2015 National Book Awards Finalists Reading