Printz Honor Book
Ruby, L. (2015). Bone gap. New York: HarperCollins.
Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness. Bone Gap is a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
Commentary and Text Connections:
Bone Gap is a book about perspective and the difference between looking and seeing. It is also about fairytales, self-image, the heavy burden that beauty can be, and the pernicious ways we look at and treat women. It’s extremely tense, and there is this feeling of anxious momentum that runs through this novel. It’s also very romantic where it matters, empowering where it counts and beautiful in its telling.