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Individual Author Record

General Information

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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction

Born: in New Jersey

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Ruby currently lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laura Ruby is on the faculty of Hamline University's Masters in Writing for Children Program. She also writes fiction for adults, young adults and children. Her young adult and children's books ''Lily's Ghosts'', ''The Wall and the Wing'' and ''Good Girls'' have garnered her many awards and nominations which are listed below. ''The Wall and The Wing'' has also been optioned for a major animated feature by Laika Studios.

Ruby's short fiction stories for adults have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including ''Other Voices'', ''The Florida Review'', ''Literal Latté'', ''Sycamore Review'' and ''Nimrod''. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her adult short fiction. A collection of these stories appear in her book ''I'm Not Julia Roberts''.


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Awards

-- """Lily's Ghosts"""

-- *Parent's Choice Silver Honor for Fiction, 2003

-- *The Center for Children's Books Best Books List, 2003

-- *Best of the Best, Chicago Public Library

-- *Books for the Teenage List, New York Public Library

-- *Sunshine State Award Book, Florida

-- *State Award, Rhode Island

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-- """The Wall and the Wing"""

-- *Book for the Teen Age List, New York Public Library

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-- """Good Girls"""

-- *Book Sense Pick, 2006

-- *Quick Pick, American Library Association, 2007

-- *Top Ten Books, Reading Rants, 2006

-- *Books for the Teenage, New York Public Library's

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014

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-- """Bone Gap"""

-- *Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, American Library Association, 2016

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, Voya

-- *Finalist, National Book Award, 2015

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

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-- """YORK: The Shadow Cipher"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

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-- """Thirteen Doorways"""

-- *Starred Review, ALA Booklist

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal

-- *Finalist, National Book Award

-- *Best YA Novel of the Year, Amazon, 2019

-- *Best YA Novel of the Year, New York Times, 2019

-- *Best of the Best, Chicago Public Library

-- *Best YA Novel of the Year, NPR, 2019

-- *Best YA Novel of the Year, Booklist, 2019

-- *Best YA Novel of the Year, SLJ, 2019

-- *Best YA Novel of the Year, Shelf Awareness, 2019

-- *#1 YA Novel of the Year, Book Page, 2019

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020