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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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There's a mystery at the heart of this lyrical novel for young adults: what really happened to Belle Prater, the aunt of 12-year-old Gypsy Arbutus Leemaster? When Gypsy's cousin, Belle's son Woodrow, comes to live in tiny Coal Station, Virginia, he sets off a chain of events that precipitates a solution to this enigma, as well as the mystery of Gypsy's own father's death seven years earlier. Ruth White's characters, particularly the cross-eyed, brilliant Woodrow, are sharply drawn, and the small-town life of rural Virginia is wonderfully described.From the Inside Flap:
"White gives her protagonists the courage to face tragedy and transcend it--and the ability to pass along that gift to the reader."--"Publishers Weekly, Starred
"White paints a vivid picture of small-town Appalachia in the 1950s. . . . Characterization is superb."--"School Library Journal, Starred
"Ruth White creates a satisfying feeling of community. . . . An admirable, stirring book."--"The New York Times Book Review
"A Newbery Honor Book
An ALA Best Books for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Children's Book
"A Boston Globe-Horn Book "Honor Book
"A School Library Journal "Best Book of the Year
"A Publishers Weekly "Best Book of the Year
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