by Laura Ruby
Balzer & Bray, Harper Collins, 2015
ALA Michael L. Printz award for excellence in young adult literature
National Book Award finalist
I picked up Bone Gap from the library shelf because it had two awards on the cover. The story held my attention, particularly because there was MAGIC involved.
Brothers Finn and Sean O’Sullivan live alone. Their mother left a few years ago to start a new life in Oregon. Young, beautiful Roza appears in their barn and stays on, but then goes missing.
Finn knows Roza was kidnapped–actually saw her speaking to the man and getting into his car–but he can’t recall the man’s face. No one believes Finn.
How Finn continues his search for Roza, and what he learns about himself, includes beekeepers, a magical horse, and other surprises.
Ruby tells a good tale of “love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness.”
*The book is definitely young adult level.