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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. Who are you going to blame? He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go. As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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Some stories come to me because I hear the voice of a character. I visited a school in rural Illinois and met the son of a farmer, a kid so mature and polite that he seemed to be out of another century.

I met a fabulous woman at another school visit in Wisconsin, a woman who invited me up to see her barn, meet her horse and talk to her daughter, a fierce and fearless equestrian. At a graduation party, a whip-smart, charming teen named Miguel and I compared our freakish arms to see whose were longer we declared it a tie. Finally, exhausted and defeated, I allowed myself to give up.

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And it was only after I walked away that I saw the real story I needed to write was not the one I had spent so much time on, but rather a story about a small town in rural Illinois, a town with charming farm boys mature beyond their years, fierce and fearless girls who speak the language of bees and of horses, and horses as memorable as people—all with secret wounds not even they can understand.

One of the major characters is the daughter of the local beekeeper, an unusual looking girl who is the object of a lot of scrutiny and rumor. In part, the book explores how we view girls and women in our culture as decoration, as sex object, as property. Persephone herself is just a pawn; she has no voice.

That said, though I did want to give voice to a girl who goes missing, BONE GAP is only very loosely inspired by the Persephone myth and the myth of Cupid and Psyche, as well as the various roles Hermes played in other myths. It was also important for me to root the magic of the book in the geography and the culture of the Midwest and the people that live and work there; I wanted the Midwest to feel mythic.

As I wrote this book, I was thinking about the way we look at people, and also the way we are seen, especially by the people we love. But what a particular reader gets out of a book depends so much on what that reader brings to a book.

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My goal is always to tell a good story, an intriguing story. Funnily enough, there is a real town in rural Illinois called Bone Gap, though folks there might be a bit surprised to find out that their town is riddled with whispering corn, magical swaths of forest, and quasi-mythological old men who let chickens roost in their living rooms. Or maybe not. Have you ever looked at a book cover and immediately started smiling because the whole vibe of it just radiates….

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The voices of Black authors are underrepresented in YA books, which just makes it all the more important to amplify…. Books Authors Posts. Sort by: Per. Per .

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How deeply rooted in the myth is the novel? What do you hope young readers take away from the novel?

One last question: Have you ever been to any real-life towns that are like Bone Gap? What do you think of the cover? Tell us in the comments below! Must re.