Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

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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. 

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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.

  • ISBN-13: 9780062317605
  • ISBN-10: 0062317601
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 368
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a story that blends realism with dreamlike imagery and echoes of myth, Finn is the only witness to the kidnapping of 19-year-old Roza. However, his vague description of the man who took her leaves just about everyone in the small town of Bone Gap—including his older brother, Sean, who is in love with Roza—without much faith in his story. Through a complex interweaving of chapters, mostly told from Finn and Roza's points of view, Ruby (Bad Apple) slowly reveals that what actually happened to the beautiful Polish immigrant is more complicated than Finn even knew, and that his own disability, which only becomes clear to readers late in the novel, will make it difficult for him to find her. Ruby raises incisive questions about feminine beauty, identity, and power (Finn's new girlfriend, Petey, is marginalized for not being pretty, while Roza is harassed and abused by men who desire her) in a story full of subtle magic that is not compelled to provide concrete explanations. A haunting and inventive work that subverts expectations at every turn. Ages 14–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Mar.) Little Peach Peggy Kern HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-06-226695-8 Based on accounts from two young women lured into prostitution, Kern's (No Way Out) disturbing novel opens in a Brooklyn hospital where 14-year-old Michelle is being interviewed by a social worker while recovering from serious injuries. Subsequent chapters flash back to Michelle's childhood and the tumultuous months that brought her to the hospital. Running away from her drug-addicted mother and her lecherous boyfriend, Michelle travels to New York City with little money and vague plans to meet up with a friend who fled there herself. Lost, hungry, and exhausted, Michelle is approached by a stranger named Devon, who entices her to live with him and two other girls, one of whom is only 12. He promises to care for her and become family, but in return she has to prostitute herself. Drugged and motivated by an intense desire for stability and love, Michelle follows orders until the violence escalates. A grim and unsettling portrait of girls who become trapped by thinking they are out of options. Ages 14–up. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Mar.)

BookPage Reviews

Mystery in the Midwest

Set in the secretive and mysterious Midwestern town of Bone Gap, author and professor Laura Ruby’s eighth novel captures the darkness and light of a small town where seemingly magical occurrences ensnare its citizens.

Bone Gap creates a world unto itself, in which readers slowly unpeel the disparate but simultaneously interconnected stories of the townsfolk who call it home. We hear from such voices as weird high-school senior Finn O’Sullivan—better known as “Moonface” by the townies for his tendency to space out—who is able to read people and offer intimate, uncanny insights into their quiet lives. Sean, Finn’s paramedic older brother and town heartthrob, is loved by nearly all of Bone Gap, even if they choose to acknowledge only part of his story. The brothers live in a sort of hovering stasis with the rest of Bone Gap until the gorgeous, damaged and strong-willed Roza wanders into town and changes everything. But when she is suddenly abducted by an unknown man, and Finn, the only witness, is unable to identify her abductor, all the cracks in Bone Gap start to widen, revealing the truths behind this idyllic small-town life.

Ruby flexes her narrative muscles with Bone Gap, blending mystery, romance and magical realism. Her mixing of styles mirrors the lives of her characters, with parts and pieces of different experiences making up only part of the story’s whole.


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