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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...
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...
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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.

 

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  • Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Printz Award—winning and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap, the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghosts, the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple. 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.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Prepare for the extraordinary. Narrator Dan Bittner does an exceptional job guiding listeners through this compelling novel of love and beauty, identity and power. His narration flows like a river, interweaving the stories of brothers Finn and Sean; their Polish immigrant boarder, Roza; and the small town of Bone Gap, where they live. When Roza suddenly disappears, Finn is the only witness to her abduction. Telling the story mostly from Finn and Roza's points of view, Bittner skillfully voices characters of all ages and backgrounds. Of special note are Roza's soft-spoken Polish-accented English and the kidnapper's unctuous voice, which is 50 percent charm, 20 percent oil, and 30 percent very disturbing. This is a must listen--a consummate blend of text and voice. M.F.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 16, 2015
    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.

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