Faber Children’s has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, the winner of the US Michael L Printz Award 2016 for YA fiction.
The novel, told from alternating viewpoints, melds elements of “myth, gothic romance and magical realism”, according to Faber. It tells the story of Finn, who suspects something is wrong when a girl called Roza goes missing, even though the people who live in Bone Gap assume she’s run away.
Commissioning editor Naomi Colthurst acquired the novel from Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown, who was acting on behalf of Tina Wexler at ICM.
Colthurst said: "Bone Gap is an extraordinary novel from an exquisite writer, and it showcases the very best that YA can offer. I feel like I've been waiting for something this truly special for a very long time, and I have a hunch that booksellers and book-lovers will feel the same."
Release is set for the last week in December this year.