Bone Gap (Paperback)
With monstrous guard dogs, faceless kidnappers, and a magical flying horse, Laura Ruby breathes the dark chills of magical realism into the town of Bone Gap. Roza, the spontaneous caretaker of abandoned brothers Finn and Sean, has gone missing. While everyone else is sure she ran off (just like their mother) Finn convinces the bee-keeper’s daughter, Petey, to help him search high and low in the corn fields for clues. Bone Gap is a YA novel that scrubs some of the varnish off of fairytale notions of women’s power, replacing them with the tang of a fantastical, dark journey—to find the lost girl, to reach the people you love, and to free yourself. Petey and Roza might just be my favorite heroines this year, and Bone Gap is a tight, magical, important story.— Ruby
National Book Award Finalist * Printz Award Winner for Best Young Adult Book of the Year
“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”—School Library Journal
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.
So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
About the Author
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 York: The Shadow Cipher, the first book in the York trilogy. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at www.lauraruby.com.
“It’s a novel about actual changes in worldview, and all its science and myth and realism and magic are marshaled, finally, to answer crucial questions about empathy and difference, and the way we see people we love.”
— New York Times Book Review
“BONE GAP marks Laura Ruby as one of fiction’s most original voices. She is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness. This book is magic realism at its most magical.”
— E. Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARS
“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”
“With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, BONE GAP is utterly bewitching.”
— ALA Booklist (starred review)
“Cleverly conceived, and lusciously written.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)