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Publisher's Summary

When Belle Prater disappears, Belle's boy Woodrow comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow's cousin, Gypsy, is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother's disappearance when she's never gotten over her father's death. That's when Woodrow tells Gypsy the secret about his mother.
©1998 Ruth White (P)2008 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"White gives her protagonists the courage to face tragedy and transcend it - and the ability to pass along that gift to the reader." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Ruth White creates a satisfying feeling of community.....An admirable, stirring book." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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  • mel
  • 11-12-20

Short and sweet

This was a soothing story to listen to. I feel calmed by it and the narrator did an excellent job with the characters.

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  • Natalie kehr
  • 14-06-20

great book!

a marvelous comming of age tale. a great book for any kid. teaches you a lot about how to look at someone else, or yourself.

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  • Shannon Adams
  • 27-08-19

Incredibly kind treatment of parents’ pain

A parent’s abandonment is something extremely difficult for children- and even adults- to understand. This book is NOT one that wallows in the grief- but touches it and attempts to kiss it- not better, but with human understanding and forgiveness. Lots of humor and hope hand in hand with unspeakable grief. Masterful!!! Reader was great, though did not care for the music that chimed in occasionally. It took me out of the story and made me think about production choices. But overall- a wonderful, thought provoking book.