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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