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MFAC Faculty Laura Ruby's Newest Book is on the Shortlist for the National Book Awards


Out on October 1st, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All has been fifteen years in the making and is inspired by the life of Ruby's mother-in-law. The novel takes place in an orphanage in Chicago during World War II following two girls facing hardship and tragedy. What does it mean to lose? Can one dream in the midst of society failing? Who is allowed to desire? 

The story has tone, mood...and ghosts. 

MFAC faculty member Laura Ruby yet again displays mastery of language and innovative storytelling. With stars pouring in from the ALA Booklist and the School Library Journal, it is no doubt that this book has found its way through the National Book Award's Longlist to Shortlist for Young People's Literature. 

Laura Ruby is not new to the limelight. With star-studded books for middle grade to young adults, she is also the winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Medal for Excellence in Young Adult literature. She was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her YA novel Bone Gap. Hamline's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults is proud to call her faculty.


Critical Praise


"A numinous tale of love and restlessness and dark histories that rises like a tide till you're up to your neck in magic. My very favorite kind of read." (Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

"Ruby's delicate, powerful storytelling reveals profound, bewitching truths about the vast, sometimes cruel, sometimes loving, possibilities of human nature. Subtle and stunning." (ALA Booklist (starred review))

"Powerful plotting, masterful character development, and a unique narrative device to set this work apart. Make room on the shelf next to Code Name Verity and The Book Thief." (School Library Journal (starred review)). 


Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: October 1st, 2019