Laura Ruby is the author of the YA novel Bone Gap, a National Book Award Finalist and Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2015. She is also the author of children’s mystery Lily’s Ghosts, the children’s fantasy The Wall and the Wing, and a sequel, The Chaos King. She also writes contemporary fiction for older teens, and her debut young-adult novel, Good Girls, was a Book Sense Pick for fall 2006 and an ALA Quick Pick for 2007. Her books have been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Carnegie Medal, and ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and have been included on the Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best list and the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age list.
Laura has been a featured speaker at BookExpo, the American Library Association’s annual convention, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention, the Miami Book Festival, the Florida Association of Media Educators (FAME) convention, the Midwest Literary Festival, the International Reading Association’s annual convention, and the Illinois Reading Council annual conference, among other venues, and she has presented programs and workshops for both adults and children at numerous schools and libraries. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.