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Between Wild and Ruin
- 2020 National Press Women First Place Prize Winner, Young Adult Fiction -
- 2020 Reader's Choice Gold Medal Winner, Folklore/Mythology Young Adult Fiction -
- 2020 New Mexico Press Women First Place Prize Winner, Young Adult Fiction -
- 2020 Southwest Book First Place Prize Winner, Book Design -
Truth, like love, isn’t always obvious.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Brooks has never had a boyfriend. After moving to small-town La Luna, New Mexico following her mother’s untimely death, boys aren’t even on her radar. Ruby just wants to forget the last horrible year and blend in. But when she discovers an ancient pueblo ruin in the forest behind her house, and meets Ezra, a bitter recluse whose once-perfect face was destroyed in an accident he won’t talk about; Angel, La Luna’s handsome sheriff’s deputy, and Leo, a stranger who only appears near the ruin, Ruby finds herself teetering between love, mystery, and other worlds.What happened to Ezra’s face? And why is she so attracted to the one boy in town everyone despises? As Ruby unravels her own connections to both Ezra and the pueblo ruin,she’ll learn surfaces are deceiving. Especially in the heart of New Mexico, where spirits and legends aren’t always just campfire stories.