The Search for Belle Prater

The Search for Belle Prater

by Ruth White


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The sequel to the beloved Newbery Honor Book, Belle Prater's Boy

Since Belle Prater inexplicably disappeared about a year ago, her son, Woodrow, and his cousin Gypsy have been searching for answers. Then, on the stroke of midnight on Woodrow's birthday, the phone rings. No one is at the other end of the line, but Woodrow is certain it was his mama. They find out that the call was placed from nearby Bluefield, and set out to see if they can track her down. Joining them is Cassie Caulborne, the new girl in school, who is endowed with the gift of second sight. Unfortunately, they can find no trace of Belle. Once again, Woodrow realizes that perhaps even worse than not knowing where she is, is not understanding why his mama would leave him.

How Woodrow, Gypsy, and Cassie come to understand the truth, and Woodrow eventually finds Belle, fills this oft-requested sequel to Belle Prater's Boy with magic and suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250008138
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: Belle Prater Series , #2
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 342,531
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Ruth White is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults, including the Newbery Honor Book Belle Prater's Boy and its sequel, The Search for Belle Prater. Her newest book, A Month of Sundays, will be available from FSG in October 2011. She lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

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From The Search for Belle Prater


“Woodrow,” I said. “I found the hole in the air you told me about.”


“Huh?” he said, lifting his eyes from a cigar box full of papers and photographs.


“You know, the place where the two worlds touch. I felt it! Cassie did, too.”


“Oh, that,” Woodrow said, unimpressed. “Aunt Millie said it was some kind of natural phenomena having to do with the air currents coming down the holler between the hills.”


“But you told me—” I tried to protest.


“Yeah, I know, I told you a lot of stuff,” he said irritably. “Something’s there all right. You can feel it. But it ain’t no place where the two worlds touch. Me and Mama made that up to entertain ourselves. I told you we made it up!”


He turned again to his chore like he was dismissing the whole subject, and me with it.


“You usta think your mama was in that place,” I said, hoping he would talk to me and not be so mad all the time. But my words had the opposite effect. He slammed the cigar box on the floor.


“That’s stupid, Gypsy,” he yelled at me. “You just don’t get it, do you? I told you what happened. She dressed up in my clothes and snuck out of here. My daddy said she left him and she left me on purpose,

’cause she didn’t love us anymore. And he’s right. Case closed!”

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The Search for Belle Prater 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because it was on the Missouri's Mark Twain Book Nominee list for 2007! It is a sequel to Belle Prater's Boy, but you don't have to read the first one to enjoy this! The author keeps dropping clues throughout the book to keep the reader thinking! A must read!
lnewlun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is just ssssooooooo beautiful! I read the first book and it was equally exciting and memorable as this one. I recommend y'all read the first one 'cause it is just so good.
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