Bone Gap

Bone Gap

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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.

Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062317605
0062317601
Branch Call Number: YA RUBY L
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 22 cm

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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.

The Bone Gap is about Roza, an immigrant who finds a home in a small town, only to be taken away by a man, much like a kidnapped princess out of a fairy tale. But it's also about Finn, her friend who witnessed her capture but can't describe the kidnapper. There is a lot to unpack and contemplate ... Read More »

Bone Gap, a small town, is more than meets the eye, as are the characters and plot conflicts in this novel.

Bone Gap is as mysterious a town as the sleepy Virginia countryside where Blue and her Raven Boys hunt for the lost king, Glendower. In Bone Gap, the characters are also hunting for something lost.

Michael L. Printz Award Winner - for excellence in literature written for young adults


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carlymichelle
Oct 31, 2019

This is such a strange book and a very unique concept.
I did enjoy reading it, but thought it was a little bit slow.
I was able to guess the impairment of the main character early on so it wasn't some big mystery, but I am still confused on where the girl was in time and space.

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Maria_Wa
Jul 26, 2019

This book was very interesting from start to finish. Although some elements of the story left me wondering after finishing the book, the characters and the overall story was expertly told by the author. I recommend this book because of the fantasy apparent throughout the whole thing but also the way the author brings to light everyday social issues.

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djackso8
Mar 08, 2019

Read Bone Gap in one day - could not completely walk away and had to know - that for me is the sign of a book that has grabbed me and promises an excellent day. Cannot wait for my teens to read it because I think they will LOVE it nearly as much as I did.

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j_schill
Feb 21, 2019

An enjoyable and easy read, this book does a wonderful job of forcing the reader to reassess their perception of all the events in the book, especially the ones they took for granted. It manages the difficult feat of doing this in a way that doesn't leave the reader feeling duped, but enlightened.

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skdawson
Mar 02, 2018

I appreciate that every character in this book showed one thing on the surface, and something entirely different on the inside, in private, or with people they knew best. My only comment is that I wish there had either been more magic woven into the story or that it had been taken out altogether.

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RhiannonReads
Jul 23, 2017

This book is one of those rare finds that will change the way you think about life. Laura Ruby's writing will cast a spell on you with this beautifully crafted tale.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 27, 2017

I'm always a fan of books that are so original, they create their own category or genre, and this book pulled it off. The mystery of the story was suspenseful and built up successfully, and the added oddity of the kidnapper, while incredible eerie and creepy, really added to the plot line.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

An innovative story that contains both reality and fantasy. I loved the characters and fell in love with Roza as well as Sean and Finn. It took me a while to figure out that this was magical realism, but once I did, I couldn't put the story down. I loved the addition of the disability of non-facial recognition because it show the aspects of recognition that pull out personality traits.

mvkramer May 03, 2016

The key to good magical realism - in my opinion - is a strong, grounded emotional center. That is where this book shines. The relationships, private doubts, and yearnings of Finn, Sean, and Petey are all so clear, so relatable, that the book is almost painful to read. The "magic" parts are a bit less strong, but still well-written, creepy and intriguing. Also available as a streaming audiobook through Hoopla.

kirstd31 Feb 01, 2016

This book was very different. A young girl goes missing and the only person who can help can't recognize peoples faces. The book is a mystery, realistic, and fairy tale all in one.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“Funny how you notice how beautiful things are just when you're about to leave them.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“People look, they don't see.”

JCLChrisK Jul 16, 2015

“What have you got against people?"

Finn hated crowds. Thousands of people bumping and churning. "Too many opinions.”

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FatimaNasir_1
Jun 28, 2015

“I'd be okay with that kind of trouble," Amber said, as a pair of flannel-clad farm boys headed toward them.”
― Laura Ruby

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mvkramer May 03, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The climax of this book is creepy and somewhat disturbing. Awesome, though!

mvkramer May 03, 2016

Sexual Content: Some non-graphic, consensual sex between characters. Implied nonconsensual creepiness.

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