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Laura Ruby - Author

About the Author

Laura Ruby is an author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Printz award-winning Bone Gap, Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghosts, the 2006 Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. View her website or you can follow her on Twitter

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York: The Map of Stars

York: The Map of Stars

Author: Laura Ruby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2021

The thrilling conclusion to two-time National Book Award finalist Laura Ruby's epic adventure through the streets of an alternate New York City. It was only a few days ago that Tess Biedermann, Theo Biedermann, and Jaime Cruz, along with a mysterious figure from the past, managed to survive an assault on the location of the latest clue in the Morningstarr cipher-and, in the process, made a shocking discovery about their own connection to this one-hundred-sixty-year-old enigma. Now the friends are divided. Tess and Theo have no idea what the photo they found in Greenwood Cemetery means, but Jaime is convinced that they do, and that they've been keeping their own secrets from him. As the city continues to break around them, suddenly solving the greatest mystery of the modern world seems less important than saving their own friendship. The stakes of completing the cipher, however, have never been higher. Darnell Slant, real estate developer and owner of all the Morningstarr buildings, knows that they hold one last secret: a power that even the Morningstarrs themselves never revealed. The world has rested on a precarious balance of power for generations; now Slant and his shadowy business partners aim to unbalance it. It's up to Tess, Theo, and Jaime to uncover the Morningstarrs' final mystery in a desperate attempt to set things right. The world-theirs, and possibly others-depends on it.

York: The Map of Stars

York: The Map of Stars

Author: Laura Ruby Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

The thrilling conclusion to two-time National Book Award finalist Laura Ruby's epic adventure through the streets of an alternate New York City. It was only a few days ago that Tess Biedermann, Theo Biedermann, and Jaime Cruz, along with a mysterious figure from the past, managed to survive an assault on the location of the latest clue in the Morningstarr cipher-and, in the process, made a shocking discovery about their own connection to this one-hundred-sixty-year-old enigma. Now the friends are divided. Tess and Theo have no idea what the photo they found in Greenwood Cemetery means, but Jaime is convinced that they do, and that they've been keeping their own secrets from him. As the city continues to break around them, suddenly solving the greatest mystery of the modern world seems less important than saving their own friendship. The stakes of completing the cipher, however, have never been higher. Darnell Slant, real estate developer and owner of all the Morningstarr buildings, knows that they hold one last secret: a power that even the Morningstarrs themselves never revealed. The world has rested on a precarious balance of power for generations; now Slant and his shadowy business partners aim to unbalance it. It's up to Tess, Theo, and Jaime to uncover the Morningstarrs' final mystery in a desperate attempt to set things right. The world-theirs, and possibly others-depends on it.

York: The Clockwork Ghost

York: The Clockwork Ghost

Author: Laura Ruby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

National Book Award finalist Laura Ruby returns with the middle chapter in her epic alternate-history adventure-a journey that will test Tess, Theo, and Jaime and change their lives forever. It was only a few weeks ago that the Biedermann twins, Tess and Theo, along with their friend Jaime Cruz, followed the secrets of the Morningstarrs' cipher further than anyone had in its century-and a-half history-and destroyed their beloved home in the process. But the Old York Cipher still isn't solved. The demolition of 354 W. 73rd Street only revealed the next clue in the greatest mystery of the modern world, and if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to discover what lies at the end of the puzzle laid into the buildings of New York by its brilliant, enigmatic architects, they will need to press on. But doing so could prove even more dangerous than they know. It is clear that the Morningstarr twins marshaled all the strange technology they had spent their lives creating in the construction of the Cipher, and that technology has its own plans for those who pursue it. It's also clear that Tess, Theo, and Jaime are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure. As enemies both known and unknown close in on them from all sides and the very foundations of the city seem to crumble around them, they will have to ask themselves how far they will go to change the unchangeable-and whether the price of knowing the secrets of the Morningstarrs is one they are willing to pay.

York: The Shadow Cipher

York: The Shadow Cipher

Author: Laura Ruby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

The pleasures of the novel go far beyond the crackling, breathless plot and the satisfaction of watching the puzzle fall into place. The book is shot through with humor, both laugh-out-loud and subtle. -New York Times Book Review From National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner Laura Ruby comes an epic alternate history series about three kids who try to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: a puzzle and treasure hunt laid into the very streets and buildings of New York City. It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher-a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction. Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment-until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it. An epic mission to solve one of the greatest mysteries of their time. I loved this book. It is full of twists and turns (from the Brightly.com review, which named York: The Shadow Cipher one of the best books of 2017).

Chroniken von York - Die Suche nach dem Schattencode

Chroniken von York - Die Suche nach dem Schattencode

Author: Laura Ruby Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2018

Ein fantastisches Grostadtabenteuer in einem fiktiven New York fur Leser ab 12 Jahren mit einer originellen Story, liebevoll gezeichneten Charakteren und einer ordentlichen Portion Humor. Seit 150 Jahren versuchen die New Yorker, den geheimnisvollen Schattencode zu entschlsseln. Viele halten ihn blo fr ein Mrchen, eine Legende, eine Touristenattraktion. Doch was, wenn der Code nur auf die Richtigen gewartet hat? Auch die Zwillinge Tess und Theo und ihr Freund Jaime folgen den Hinweisen des Schattencodes und begeben sich dabei auf eine abenteuerliche Schnitzeljagd quer durch ein fantastisches New York, das voller Geheimnisse und Gefahren steckt. Die Geschwister Morningstar waren geniale Architekten und Erfinder. Sie bauten in den Himmel ragende Trme mit zickzackfahrenden Aufzgen, unzhligen Geheimgngen und intelligenten Maschinen. Aber eines Tages waren die Morningstars spurlos verschwunden. Zurck blieben nur ihre berhmten Gebude und ein mysteriser Code, dessen Auflsung unvorstellbare Reichtmer verspricht. 150 Jahre spter finden die Zwillinge Tess und Theo und ihr Nachbar Jaime einen neuen Hinweis auf den bislang ungelsten Code- und der kommt genau im richtigen Moment! Denn sie mssen unbedingt den Abriss ihres Apartmenthauses verhindern. Und es scheint, als habe der Code nur auf sie gewartet ...

Bone Gap

Bone Gap

Author: Laura Ruby Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2016

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps - gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza goes missing, the people of Bone Gap aren't surprised. After all, it isn't the first time someone's slipped away and left Finn and Sean O'Sullivan on their own. Finn knows that's not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a man whose face he cannot remember. But no one believes him anymore. Well, not quite no one. Petey Willis, the beekeeper's daughter, suspects that lurking behind Finn's self-loathing is a story worth uncovering. And as we, like Petey, follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap - their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures - the truth about what happened to Roza is slowly revealed.

Honokaa Town

Honokaa Town

Author: Laura Ruby, Ross W Stephenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2015

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