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Belle Prater's Boy BSY112


Gypsy, the 12-year-old narrator, is excited when her cousin Woodrow moves in with their grandparents next door. Woodrow's mother, married to a coal miner in a remote holler, has disappeared without a trace, and Gypsy hopes that Woodrow will divulge some new clues. Instead, she gets a best friend, someone who, in spite of unwelcome attention for having crossed eyes and being "Belle Prater's boy," charms everyone in school with his good-natured if mischievous wit. Gypsy cannot understand Woodrow's self-possession in the wake of his mother's desertion, but Woodrow, on the other hand, understands Gypsy's pain at her father's long-ago suicide better than Gypsy does. Pitching her narrative in a genial, mountain-folks twang, White creates vivacious, memorable characters whose openheartedness should not be mistaken for naivete. A Newbery Honor book. Ages 12 and up.


By Ruth White, Paperback, Simplified Chinese Characters and Traditioinal Chinese Characters, 182-260 pages, 7.75"x5.8"
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