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Belle Prater's Boy [Paperback]

By Ruth White (Author)
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When Woodrow's mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents' home and befriends his cousin, and together they must face the losses and fears in their lives

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When Belle Prater disappears, Belle's boy, Woodrow, comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow's cousin Gypsy is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother's disappearance when she's never gotten over her father's death. That's when Woodrow tells Gypsy the secret about his mother.

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Studio: Yearling
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 12, 1998
Publisher   Yearling
Age  10-14
ISBN  0440413729  
ISBN13  9780440413721  
UPC  071009004993  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! RUTH WHITE is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book "Belle Prater's Boy "and, most recently, "Way Down Deep," a "Booklist "Editors' Choice. She lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

Ruth White was born in 1942.

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Molly's review  Apr 7, 2008
Belle Prater's Boy
I am doing a review on this book because this is a really good book. I think it is the best book I've read this year. It's about a girl named Belle. Everybody was asleep when all this happened, and then her hubby wakes up and finds his wife missing so he get's up and starts looking around the room and never finds her.
She has a son named Woodrow, (I thought that was a weird name) Woodrow is cross eyed and very, very funny. So is his cousin her name is Gypsy. She tries to get answers out of him which she does very easily, she asked him a question he had the answer. So he's telling her things she's wondering that sometimes doesn't make since, but makes since to him. But what he's saying is very interesting. His mom had a diary and she would read it to him every night before he would go to bed.
Gypsy and Woodrow have a secret/none secret tree house where Gypsy's dad had built it for her when she was. Her dad past away when she got a little older. Her mom was in love with that guy like there was no tomorrow. Gypsy was there baby from heaven. Then after he died Gypsy's mom got a new boyfriend, Gypsy does not like him at all, she don't see how her mom could have another boyfriend, after her father had died. So, Gypsy hates her mother's boyfriend.
Later on in the book Gypsy and Woodrow goes out with her moms boyfriend to watch a movie and then she starts panicking, when he takes her home they find out she's sick. There's this guy that wonders the streets at night and Woodrow brings him to her. They talk about her father and what he used to call her. There is another book that comes after this one that I read and it's really good. -Molly-
Belle Prater's Boy  Apr 5, 2008
This is an excellent book about children growing up in the mid- twentieth century. It is full of lessons about life/human nature and is sprinkled with little snips of historical information. Both boys and girls will love the book.
" The best book I ever read!"  Jan 28, 2007
I strongly recommend this book. If you like mysteries this is the book for you! The characters' names and traits were phenomenal.

This book is about two cousins named Woodrow and Gypsy who share a common pain of losing a parent. Gypsy and Woodrow become very close friends. They especially stick together when the people in the town talk about their loss in front of them on purpose. Gypsy's father committed suicide and Woodrow's mother went missing or "vanished".

They helped each other deal with their pain. Gypsy also helps Woodrow feel confident in sharing thoughts and feelings about his mother and most importantly, his mother's biggest secret. The two of them also help each other face the fact that their parent left them on purpose, not because they didn't love them, but because they had so much pain inside them and they felt they could not live in the world where that pain had started.
Good book  Dec 27, 2006
This was an item my daughter wanted for Christmas. Her teacher read it to the class and ever since she has wanted the book. Really good book according to a 10 year old
A book that makes even the cruelest hearts go soft  Nov 30, 2006
I think this book was very good and very toungue twisting. It was full of mystery and made me want to read more. It is about a 12-year- old girl named Gypsy who's aunt Belle Prater disappeaered without a trace. Belle's son, Woodrow, comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia, right next to Gypsy. They become good friends through seventh grade. But they are both hiding secrets of their own secrets that will make your jaw drop. I would recommend this book for people who like secrets and who like frindships and who like themselves a mystery every once in a while.

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