Laura Ruby

Laura Ruby is the author of twelve books, including Bone Gap, winner of the 2016 Printz Award[1] and finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.[2]

Bone Gap is a coming-of-age mystery about a kidnapping in a small Midwestern town, and it incorporates elements of mythology and magical realism. The New York Times Book Review called it a "lush and original young adult novel".[3]

In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Ruby characterized her award-winning novel as an "oddball" book that doesn't fit neatly into one genre.[4]


Ruby grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the Chicago area.[5]

She is a faculty member at Hamline University in the low-residency MFA program in writing for children and young adults.[6]

She teaches fantasy writing workshops for children's authors at Highlights.[7]

York: The Shadow Cipher (part one of a trilogy for children), was released in May 2017.[8]

Her most recent book, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All, was named a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.[9]

Published worksEdit

  • Lily’s Ghosts (2003)
  • Everything I Wanted to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume (2006)
  • The Wall and the Wing (2006)
  • I'm Not Julia Roberts (2007)
  • The Chaos King (2007)
  • Good Girls (2008)
  • Play Me (2008)
  • Bad Apple (2009)
  • Bone Gap (2015)
  • York: The Shadow Cipher (2017)
  • York: The Clockwork Ghost (2019)
  • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All (2019)
  • York: The Map of Stars (2020)


  1. ^ "'Bone Gap' wins 2016 Printz Award". ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature". National Book Foundation. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Meloy, Maile (May 8, 2015). "'Bone Gap', by Laura Ruby". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "An 'Amazing' Honor for an 'Oddball' Book: Laura Ruby on Winning the 2016 Printz". Publishers Weekly. January 12, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Ruby, Laura. "Laura: Beefier Bio". Author Laura Ruby. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Laura Ruby". Hamline University. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Laura Ruby, Faculty". Highlights Foundation. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "York: The Shadow Cipher". HarperCollins. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "The 2019 National Book Awards Finalists Announced". National Book Foundation. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2019-10-09.

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