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Belle Prater's Boy

Title

Belle Prater's Boy

Authors

Ruth White

Illustrator

Alison Elliott

Publisher

Bantam

Pages

196 pages

Publication Year

1996

ISBN

9780440413721

Genre

historical

Topic

Family Relationships; Legal guardianship; Family member death; Single parent; grandparents raising grandchild; losing a child; single father; death of a mother

Annotation

When Woodrow's mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents' home in a small Virginia town where he befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face the terrible losses and fears in their lives. Everyone in Coal Station, Virginia, has a theory about what happened to Belle Prater, but twelve-year-old Gypsy wants the facts, and when her cousin Woodrow, Aunt Belle's son moves next door, she has her chance.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

multi-generational

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001; Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000; Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999; Best Children's Books of the Year, 1996; Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Thirteenth Edition, 1997; Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books, 1996; Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003; Capitol Choices, 1996; Children's Books, 1996; Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006; Children's Literature Choice List, 1997; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1997; Notable Children's Books, 1997; Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1996; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 1996; School Library Journal Best Books, 1996; School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1996; Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 1997; Teachers' Choices, 1997; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1997; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1997, Winner, Young Adult Readers; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 1996, Honor Book, Fiction; John Newbery Medal, 1997, Honor Book

Keywords

identity; mother and child; loss in children; individuality

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Belle Prater's Boy

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