Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

This December we’ll take a look at must-read YA fiction. This week’s recommendation is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

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A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature (2015) AND the Michael L. Printz winner for 2016, Bone Gap is a stunning novel.

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.

Blending realism, evocative imagery, and echoes of myth, Bone Gap should not be missed.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

This December we’ll take a look at must-read YA fiction. First up, Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.

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Haunting, surreal, and beautifully written, Imaginary Girls is one of my favorite novels. Not one of my favorite YA novels, but one of my favorite novels ever.

Two years after sixteen-year-old Chloe discovered classmate London’s dead body floating in a Hudson Valley reservoir, she returns home to be with her devoted older sister Ruby, a town favorite, and finds that London is alive and well, and that Ruby may somehow have brought her back to life and persuaded everyone that nothing is amiss.

Read this, please. And every other novel by the incomporable Nova Ren Suma. You will not be disappointed.

 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Shadow has just been released from prison and since the death of his wife he has nowhere to go and no one to turn to, so when the mysterious Mr. Wednesday hires him to accompany him on a dark and twisted road trip, Shadow accepts. A mythic, exhilarating story about humans and gods and the power they derive from each other. American Gods is a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

For more powerhouses of speculative fiction, look for these 3 titles:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Twice Twenty-Two by Ray Bradbury

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I love short stories.  At this point I have read hundreds of them–every collection I can get my hands on.  The most memorable of all has been “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury.  I won’t bother with a synopsis, those of you who have read it will immediately know the story I’m referring to and for those who haven’t–at barely 7 pages in length you have no excuse.  Run to the library right now and pick it up.  The name of the collection is Twice Twenty-Two.  You’re welcome.

Looking for more Ray Bradbury?  Here are 3 of my favorites:

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Halloween Tree

Death is a Lonely Business