Laura Ruby

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General Information

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Name: Laura Ruby

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: in New Jersey


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Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

Books for Kids

  • The Wall and the Wing, HarperCollins, 2006
  • The Chaos King, HarperCollins, 2007
  • Lily's Ghosts, HarperCollins, 2011
  • York, Walden Pond Press, 2017

Books for Teens

  • Good Girls, HarperCollins, 2006
  • Play Me, HarperTeen, 2008
  • Bad Apple, HarperTeen, 2009
  • Bone Gap, Balzer + Bray, 2015

Books for Adults

  • Everything I Wanted to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, Pocket, 2006
  • I'm Not Julia Roberts, Warner Books, 2007

Titles at Your Library

Wall and the Wing, The

ISBN: 0060752572
Release Date: 2007-05-22

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The Chaos King

ISBN: 0060752580
Release Date: 2007-06-01

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Lily's Ghosts

ISBN: 0060518316
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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York: The Shadow Cipher

ISBN: 0062306936
Release Date: 2017-05-16

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Bad Apple

ISBN: 0061243302
Release Date: 2009-10-06

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Bone Gap

ISBN: 0062317601
Release Date: 2015-03-03

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Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume

ISBN: 1416531041
Release Date: 2007-06-05

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I'm Not Julia Roberts

ISBN: 0446578746
Release Date: 2007-01-02

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Literary 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

The Wall and the Wing

  • Book for the Teen Age List, New York Public Library

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

Bone Gap

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Voya
  • National Book Award Finalist, 2015
  • Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, American Library Association, 2016
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For grades 4-8: Laura offers The Truth About the Writing Life, a humorous and informative presentation about writers and writing. Laura talks about the process involved in writing her novels Lily's Ghost and The Wall and the Wing. She also discusses the work of other well-known authors and offers a question and answer session afterwards.

For Adults: Laura can give talks on numerous topics to librarians, teachers, book clubs, and other writers. Presentations can be tailored to audience individual needs, so please contact Laura for more information.

External Links

Laura Ruby on WorldCat


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