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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth White Narrator: Alison Elliott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739371923
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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. Woodrow isn’t as forthcoming as Gypsy hopes, yet he becomes more than just a curiosity to her—during their sixth-grade year she finds that they have enough in common to be best friends. Even so, Gypsy is puzzled by Woodrow’s calm acceptance of his mother’s disappearance, especially since she herself has never gotten over her father’s death. When Woodrow finally reveals that he’s been keeping a secret about his mother, Gypsy begins to understand that there are different ways of finding the strength to face the truth, no matter how painful it is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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, Starred
  • White paints a vivid picture of small-town Appalachia in the 1950s. . . . Characterization is superb. School Library Journal, Starred
  • Ruth White creates a satisfying feeling of community. . . . An admirable, stirring book. The New York Times Book Review
  • A 1996 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Winner of Newbery Honor Books, 1997

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cg School | 2/16/2014

    " this is the worst book i have ever read i thought that it was very boring and dull. belle is very confusing first she leaves and next she does it on purpose and i thought it was very stupid. She married a guy she doesnt like and she leaves her son Woodrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 2/14/2014

    " A really good book which includes a little bit of a mystery. Fun characters too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/12/2014

    " Funny and touching. Loved the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/5/2014

    " This is a really good book, so well written. The characters are well-drawn and interesting, another example showing that good writing is good writing, whether for teens, adults, or children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linnae | 2/4/2014

    " When her cousin Woodrow moves in next door, Gypsy is certain she is going to get to the bottom of her Aunt Belle's disappearance. What she gets instead is a new friend. Woodrow, despite his backwoods appearance, is kind, funny, and can hold his own in a fistfight, if it comes to that. As they share secrets and defend one another, they come to share the tragedies in their lives as well, helping each other cope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aditi | 1/23/2014

    " A good book that needs a better ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 1/19/2014

    " it was a good book. some parts were really confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/14/2014

    " I adore this book. Really well written and has a great hook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/12/2014

    " I loved the feeling of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 11/30/2013

    " I really like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tanya ^_^ | 11/24/2013

    " i really really loved this book. it's soooooooooooo sad!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 10/26/2013

    " This book fits all my favorite genres: mystery, fiction, Newberries, inspirationals, everything. Very artfully written book. I would recommend it to every girl 10 and up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadie | 10/6/2013

    " The end was extremely depressing but it does have a sorta happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 9/1/2013

    " I love Ruth White's take on Appalachia. I really enjoy her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 8/21/2013

    " it was a good book except for the ending it seemed like there should be a second but other than that it was great i recomend it to everyone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 7/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and its mysterious premise. Even more fun to read, knowing the author's niece :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline G. | 6/19/2013

    " Done! Finally! Ok so it wasn't my favorites and didn't turn out the way I wanted but it Is still an awesome book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Hawkes | 4/29/2013

    " this was kind of a sad story and it wasn't really my favoite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/28/2013

    " I LOVE stories about kids growing up in the mountains, children of coal miners, etc. This was a wonderful book and I'm excited to read more by Ruth White. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 3/19/2013

    " I loved this book!!! Great characters! Everyone should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risha | 9/26/2012

    " Very powerful book about two cousins trying to cope with traumas in their past. Ruth White handles an amazing summer with sober revelations with aplomb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 7/10/2012

    " Although this is a youth book is was a pleasure to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CAO | 1/1/2012

    " Great characterization. Two cousins become fast friends in a small minig town even though they come from very different backgrounds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/12/2011

    " I liked it- I think it is one of those books that adults like- but not children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 4/11/2011

    " Just started this book but it sounds really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/21/2011

    " Good story and good characters. The ending certainly left you wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 2/8/2011

    " This book was very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 2/6/2011

    " A sweet and poignant story for preteens. Set in a coal mining area of Virginia, the story revolves around 11 year old cousins Woodrow Prater, whose mother has mysteriously disappeared, and Gypsy, who is coming to terms with the death of her father. I can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/21/2011

    " Reading this with my Pre-AP 6th graders. They found it slow and boring at first, but once we got into the mystery, they began to really like it. After finishing, they are all excited to read the sequal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 1/18/2011

    " it was a good book except for the ending it seemed like there should be a second but other than that it was great i recomend it to everyone "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 1/7/2011

    " this was kind of a sad story and it wasn't really my favoite book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 11/3/2010

    " Good YA novel. Friendship in small southern town in 1954. It's about appreciating the internal over the external parts of people. A hidden tragedy is revealed but its not too overly mature. Good for 14 years and up I would think. "

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About the Author
Ruth White is the author of Sweet Creek Holler, an ALA Notable Book, Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Belle Prater's Boy, a Newbery Honor Book.
About the Narrator

Alison Elliott is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress, who is best known for her roles in feature films such as Underneath, The Spitfire Grill, The Wings of the Dove, and Birth.