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The Search for Belle Prater by Ruth White

The Search for Belle Prater (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Ruth White

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Title:The Search for Belle Prater
Authors:Ruth White
Info:Yearling (2007), Paperback, 176 pages
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The Search for Belle Prater by Ruth White (2005)



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Sequel to "Belle Prater's Boy." Woodrow's mother disappeared a year ago but on the stroke of midnight, New Year's Eve, Woodrow's birthday, a phone call comes in. No one speaks, but Woodrow is sure it's his mother. Woodrow and his cousin Gypsy learn that the call originated from the town of Bluefield and with their new friend Cassie, they take the bus to Bluefield to try and find Woodrow's mother. On the bus they meet Joseph who's going to Bluefield to find his father. Instead Joseph meets the midget woman who raised his father and it turns out she's seen Woodrow's mother who worked with a visiting circus. The folksy voice absorbs the reader.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This sequel to Belle Prater's Boy is very good for a sequel. She says, damning it with faint praise. It's funny, but not as funny as the first, and the messages are a little too overt for my tastes. Solid writing and satisfying ending. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Woodrow and Gypsy, cousins, set out on a search for Woodrow's mother, Belle Prater, who disappeared over a year ago under mysterious circumstances.

Along the way they befriend Cassie, a newcomer to Coal Station, Va. with second sight, and Joseph, a boy they meet on the bus to Blue Field, who is looking for his own family and who happens to be black.

Warm and easy, a good tale to listen to. ( )
  kthomp25 | Apr 11, 2010 |
Belle is still missing and her son Woodrow is still missing her. In this companion to Belle Prater's Boy, Woodrow, his cousin Gypsy and their new friends work together to follow leads to try to understand the disappearance of Belle, and maybe even find her. While unraveling the mystery they encounter racial segregation, poverty of coalmining, and even a new friend who claims to have the sight. A very fun read. ( )
  lnewlun | Jun 14, 2008 |
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Cindy Dobrez (Booklist, Feb. 15, 2005 (Vol. 101, No. 12))
Readers who have longed for a follow-up to White's Newbery Honor Book, Belle Prater's Boy (1996), will be delighted with this fine sequel, in which the search for Woodrow's missing mother continues. A mysterious New Year's Eve phone call on Woodrow's birthday leads him, Cousin Gypsy, and Cassie Caulborne, a classmate with second sight, to nearby Bluefield to follow Belle's trail. The journey away from their small Virginia town gives Woodrow his first glimpse of a "colored" person (a boy in the back of the bus, named Joseph), as well as what Gypsy terms the "hateful" segregation laws of the mid-1950s. The search widens as the trio agrees to help abandoned Joseph search for his father. Characterization, dialogue, and setting are among White's many literary strengths, and she doesn't disappoint here. The friendship between storytelling Woodrow and joke-cracking Gypsy just grows richer as Woodrow faces disappointment and finds hope. If the plot seems a bit tidy, White's young fans won't mind. Category: Books for Middle Readers--Fiction. 2005, Farrar, $16. Gr. 4-7. Starred Review
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Kathleen Isaacs (Children's Literature)
Prompted by a mysterious phone call, seventh-grader Woodrow Prater sets out for Bluefield, Virginia, to search for his mother who disappeared from their mountain home without explanation more than 8 months earlier. In her distinctive folksy voice, his cousin and classmate, Gypsy Leemaster, tells his story. On the bus from tiny Coal Station, they and their new friend with second sight, Cassie Caulborne, meet Joseph Lincoln, the first black person Woodrow has ever seen. Joseph is looking for a family member, too, and joins them in their search, although the rules of segregation in Virginia in 1954 make this complicated. Joseph helps them discover why Belle Prater left and where she went. In a most satisfying ending, Woodrow finds out that his mother did not mean to abandon him permanently and has loved him all along. Author Ruth White deftly weaves in the setting--Woodrow’s home in the hollow, the coal camp called Lucky Ridge, and downtown Bluefield. Readers of Belle Prater’s Boy will be particularly happy to see this sequel, which ties up some of the loose ends of that book, but this book does stand on its own. The characters are well developed and enormously likeable. Woodrow’s good humor should attract new readers who will find themselves sympathetic to his situation and caught up in the adventure of his search and may, like the readers of the first book, clamor for more. 2005, Farrar Straus and Giroux, $16.00. Ages 9 to 13.
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7th graders in Appalachia in the 1950's
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Belle Prater is missing. Since she inexplicably disappeared about a year ago, her son, Woodrow, has been living with his grandparents, next door to his cousin Gypsy. The two are best friends, joined by their adventurous sprits and shared love of stories and magic. One night they receive a puzzling phone call, which provides a clue that sends Gypsy and Woodrow on a mission to find Belle. Joining them is Cassie Caulborne, the new girl in school, who, like Woodrow and Gypsy, has experienced the loss of a parent. She is also endowed with a valuable gift--she knows things, things that happened in the past and reveal themselves to her in dreams. Their quest leads them out of their sheltered life in Coal Station, Virginia, and eventually back to Woodrow's home in Crooked Ridge. On the road they meet new people with their own stories to tell. One is Joseph, who has to sit at the back of the buss because he is black. The young people join him in the rear and learn that he, too, is on a search--for his father. They help one another to find what they're looking for and gain friendship along the way.

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In 1955, Woodrow and his cousin Gypsy befriend a new girl in their seventh grade class in rural Virginia, and the three of them set off to find Woodrow's missing mother, encountering unlikely and intriguing coincidences along the way.

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