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Belle Prater's Boy

Title

Belle Prater's Boy

Authors

Ruth White

Illustrator

Alison Elliott

Publisher

Bantam

Publication Year

1996

ISBN

9780440413721

Pages

196 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

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

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

multi-generational

LGBTQ+

none

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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