The Search for Belle Prater

Belle Prater (Volume 2)

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.


Read an Excerpt

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,


Praise for The Search for Belle Prater

“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. Characterization, dialogue, and setting are among White’s many literary strengths, and she doesn’t disappoint here. The friendship between story-telling Woodrow and joke-cracking Gypsy just grows richer.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“A worthy sequel to Belle Prater’s Boy (Farrar, 1996)...the warmth, love, and humor of that book are here as well.”—School Library Journal

“Readers . . . will be deeply satisfied by this elegantly conceived sequel with its tiny glints of magic.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The plot is well paced, and readers will be gratified when good things happen for Woodrow. The down-home warmth of the first book carries over through Gypsy’s narration; her voice is as lilting and fresh as ever.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Retains the distinctive colloquial cadences of Gypsy’s first-person narrative.”—The Horn Book
“A positive read in which wit and understanding illustrate a way of accepting human shortcomings.”—SIGNAL

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THE SEARCH FOR BELLE PRATER by Ruth White | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE SEARCH FOR BELLE PRATER . All of the readers who longed to know what happened to Woodrow Prater's mom from the Newbery Honor Belle Prater's Boy (1996) will be deeply satisfied by this elegantly conceived sequel with its tiny glints of magic.
- Kirkus Reviews

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  • Ruth White

  • 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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Available Formats and Book Details

The Search for Belle Prater

Belle Prater

Ruth White

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List, Missouri Mark Twain Award Master List, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List
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