Books by Laura Ruby

Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her family. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Other Voices, The Florida Review, Literal Latté, Sycamore Review and Nimrod. A


THE SHADOW CIPHER by Laura Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"The past informs the present as the review informs readers: don't let this one go. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-15)"
Printz winner Ruby's middle-grade series opener gracefully tackles magic, history, and gentrification. Read full book review >
BONE GAP by Laura Ruby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 3, 2015

"Cleverly conceived and lusciously written. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A teenage boy wrestles against forces real and imagined in a small, rural town named Bone Gap. Read full book review >
BAD APPLE by Laura Ruby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Nonetheless, the protagonist, who is unconventional, insightful and full of angst, charms, and readers will be hoping for her success. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The student denies it. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS KING by Laura Ruby
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2007

"Grand amusement for the hip and clever. (Fiction. YA)"
Another zany adventure unfolds in a startlingly odd alternate universe showcasing Ruby's humorous narration and including characters from The Wall and the Wing (2006.) Read full book review >
I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS by Laura Ruby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2007

"An uneven collection from a writer who shows promise."
Five suburban step-families fall apart and reconnect in ten linked stories. Read full book review >
GOOD GIRLS by Laura Ruby
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The romantic ending fails to convince, though kids should take heart in Audrey's courage and comfort in the notion that life goes on, even after a horrific humiliation. (Fiction. YA)"
The dark side of the digital age is revealed in this cautionary tale about a good girl who is photographed while "hooking up" with a popular senior. Read full book review >
THE WALL AND THE WING by Laura Ruby
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Less than the sum of its imaginative parts, this misses the high mark set by her Lily's Ghosts (2003). (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Gurl, like all the orphans in Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless, doesn't remember her given name, if she ever had one, so she has to content herself with the one headmistress Terwiliger has handed her that's a borderline insult. Read full book review >
LILY’S GHOSTS by Laura Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Place it in their hands; they will likely thank you. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Lily's been dragged all over the country by her free-spirit mother. Read full book review >