Week 9, Part 1: Imagined Worlds


  1. Ruby, Laura. (2015). Bone Gap. New York: Balzer + Bray.


Awards for Bone GapNominated for Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction, 2015; Michael L. Printz Award, 2016; National Book Award Finalist, 2015; Cybils Award, 2015 [Speculative Fiction]; Kirkus Book Award, 2015.


Ruby, Laura. (1990). Bone Gap. New York: Balzer + Bray.

The people of the small town of Bone Gap know many things: Finn is a beautiful but strange Moonface; his brother Sean is a hero; Roza, everyone’s favorite mystery girl, is gone; and the town has gaps just wide enough to go through and leave the town, and its people, behind. What they don’t know, however, is that a seemingly open-and-shut case of a missing person falls into one of those unknown gaps that blurs the lines between reality, mythicism and magic, making for a sometimes confusing but always compelling read throughout. Ruby’s multi-perspective chapters, realistic dialogue, complex female characters and modern-day twist on mythicism will appeal to fantasy lovers and teen audiences alike. Recommended for purchase; for ages 12 and up.


Horning, K. (2010). From cover to cover: Evaluating and reviewing children’s books (Rev. ed.). New York: Collins.


2 thoughts on “Week 9, Part 1: Imagined Worlds

  1. youthreadingmedia says:

    Good effort on the review but the book is for an older age than the one we are working in the class, always up to 6th grade.
    If I have to be picky, I find the middle part, where you talk about the gaps in the city and then you connect the missing person case to that I bit confusing. The comments you make about the novel mixing genres might/should be highlighted a bit more because the success at it is what makes it special -and kind of difficulty to review!


    • I thought our class was including 6th grade, which are 11- and 12-year-olds, but now I know to only to look for ages 2-10. And okay, thank you for comments, they’ll be very helpful to me when I do the third book review!


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