Winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
National Book Award Finalist
"Ruby's enigmatic novel weaves together the brutal realism of small-town cruelties and sexual violence with the best kind of dreamlike folk magic, inflecting the hard parts with fairy tale softness...and shimmering, hopeful mysticism. With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, Bone Gap is utterly bewitching."
—Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)
"Told from the viewpoints of multiple Bone Gap citizens, this inventive modern fable combines elements of folklore, mythology, romance and feminism....Both Roza and Finn's love interest, Priscilla, develop over the course of the magically real journey into strong women to be reckoned with.... Cleverly conceived and lusciously written."
—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)
"Ruby raises incisive questions about feminine beauty, identity, and power...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."
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"One part magical realism and two parts fantasy, Bone Gap is a story of whispering corn, buzzing bees, and glimpses of magic in parallel universes...Like in so many classic small-town stories, the town of Bone Gap becomes an integral character. Its collective judgment influences each main character; its magic is both the question and the answer to this very complex, emotional puzzle...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." 5Q/5P
—Voya (STARRED REVIEW)
"lush and original... 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 ways we see the people we love."
—Maile Meloy, The New York Times
"Violence and social pressures mixed with a hefty dose of myth and magic may feel like a too-many-ingredients stew for one novel to tackle. Ruby accomplishes this seemingly impossible feat with an original, well-constructed plot scary enough and honest enough to satisfy teens as well as adult readers."
—Carol Memmott, Chicago Tribune
"It is a rare book that sits comfortably on the shelf with the works of Twain, McCullers, Conroy, Stephen King, and D'Aulaires' Greek Myths—rarer still that a novel combines elements of these authors together. Bone Gap...deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary."
—School Library Journal
"...romantic where it matters, empowering where it counts and beautiful in its telling."
"It's atmospheric; it's mesmerizingly rhythmic; at times scary, at times romantic, at times so real that the characters' experiences will feel like your own memories...it's emotionally satisfying...It's a book with a twist....And as much as I just want to sit here and keep gushing, Bone Gap is one that is best experienced for oneself."
—Leila Roy, Kirkus, "What's in a Face"
"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 dream-like levels, and making your heart shout with happiness. This book is magic realism at its most magical."
—E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars
"Bone Gap is an imaginative corkscrew of a mystery about a town full of surreal and sinister secrets. Laura Ruby blends a fairy-tale atmosphere with the heart-stopping grip of a thriller in this exquisite world you can't—and won't want to—escape."
—Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls, Seventeen & Gone, and The Walls Around Us
"Bone Gap bewitches with indelibly real characters, beautiful prose, and fearless refusal to bow to convention. A thoroughly unforgettable experience."
—Franny Billingsley, author of The Folk Keeper and Chime
"A novel that carries you away from its first word into a world that is beautiful, unsettling, magical and powerfully real all at once."
—Courtney Summers, author of Some Girls Are and This Is Not A Test
"With lyrical and often stunning prose, Laura Ruby delivers a magical love story and chilling thriller with a cast of characters both surprising and endearing. Bone Gap will haunt you."
—Steve Brezenoff, Author of Brooklyn, Burning and GIRL in Real Life