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Belle Prater is missing. Since she inexplicably disappeared about a year ago, her son, Woodrow, has been living with his grandparents, next door to his cousin Gypsy. The two are best friends, joined by their adventurous sprits and shared love of stories and magic. One night they receive a puzzling phone call, which provides a clue that sends Gypsy and Woodrow on a missionBelle Prater is missing. Since she inexplicably disappeared about a year ago, her son, Woodrow, has been living with his grandparents, next door to his cousin Gypsy. The two are best friends, joined by their adventurous sprits and shared love of stories and magic. One night they receive a puzzling phone call, which provides a clue that sends Gypsy and Woodrow on a mission to find Belle. Joining them is Cassie Caulborne, the new girl in school, who, like Woodrow and Gypsy, has experienced the loss of a parent. She is also endowed with a valuable gift--she knows things, things that happened in the past and reveal themselves to her in dreams. Their quest leads them out of their sheltered life in Coal Station, Virginia, and eventually back to Woodrow's home in Crooked Ridge. On the road they meet new people with their own stories to tell. One is Joseph, who has to sit at the back of the buss because he is black. The young people join him in the rear and learn that he, too, is on a search--for his father. They help one another to find what they're looking for and gain friendship along the way.From the Compact Disc edition....

Title : The Search for Belle Prater
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ISBN : 9780440421641
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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The Search for Belle Prater Reviews

  • Melody
    2019-05-04 23:01

    This sequel to Belle Prater's Boy is very good for a sequel. She says, damning it with faint praise. It's funny, but not as funny as the first, and the messages are a little too overt for my tastes. Solid writing and satisfying ending.

  • rivka
    2019-05-07 05:10

    It was nice to have a sequel to tie up the loose ends . . . but quite a bit of it rises to the level of the fantastic and unbelievable.Fun read, anyway.

  • Jamie Brooks
    2019-05-15 02:18

    I recently saw that there was a sequel put out and I was pretty curious to see what happened to the mother in the book. This book was more in detail when it came to the mother missing unlike the first book where it was more focused on her son Woodrow and how he was dealing with the disappearance. I liked it. I doubt ther will be another book after this because, not to give it away, there was a nice solution at the end of this book unlike the ending of the previous book. Ok I really need to start reading "adult" books now ha

  • Heather
    2019-05-21 01:02

    I picked up this book because the cover looked interesting. Woodrow and his cousin Gypsy go looking for Woodrow's mother who disappeared a year ago. The story was interesting and I didn't realize until I started that this was a sequel, but it was a great book even without having read the first one.

  • Mallory
    2019-05-18 22:18

    This book was written as a companion to "Belle Prater's Boy". Not only did this book completely tie up any loose ends from the first book, it taught several priceless lessons including racial equality, understanding differences, handling the loss of a loved one, and friendship. I would use this book with grades 5-7.

  • Kesha
    2019-05-09 23:04

    I did not expect the splendid original to garner a sequel since Woodrow's explanation of Belle's disappearance was a sound one. White did a great job of continuing the story while maintaining the appeal of the beloved first.

  • Logan
    2019-04-26 00:21

    I didn't expect to like this book as much as the first one. This sequel was published about 9 years after the first book was published which makes me think the sequel was unplanned. Often when that's the case the sequel isn't as good, but I really loved this. The writing in this one was a bit more detailed than in Belle Prater's Boy and the southern/Virginian/backwoods accent was more pronounced in this one. Aside from that, the books seemed to flow together really seamlessly. Of course, I adored Gypsy and Woodrow. Last book focused a lot on Gypsy's anger at the world and at her father for dying; in this book it was Woodrow's turn to be angry. I feel like these books portrayed grief more realistically than some YA books. Though Gypsy wasn't angry in this one, she still had a hard time talking about her father's death. Woodrow meanwhile was moody and irritable. The roller coaster of emotions he went through was realistic and understandable for the events. I also loved the addition of Cassie and Joseph. I appreciated the acknowledgement from Gypsy that the racism and prejudice Joseph faces is completely unfair. I loved that as soon as Joseph said he'd rather be called Black than Colored, Woodrow and the girls immediately agreed to do so without question. Joseph and Cassie had similarities to Gypsy and Woodrow, having both lost their parents, but their friendship definitely went beyond that. They were understanding of each other's emotions and genuinely cared about what they all had to say. These books are just so good at portraying friendship and love. I would've loved to see Aunt Belle interact with her parents, her sister, or Porter but this was a satisfying answer to her disappearance. These books were just so good. I can't say enough good things about them.

  • Diane Lynne
    2019-05-19 23:15

    I read the first installment (Belle Prater's Boy), and just had to read this second one to find out what happened to his mother. I was especially interested in this one because one of the places he goes for clues is my hometown (Bluefield). It was a nostalgic trip to read of my area in that time period and follow him as he searches for answers. Lovely story, but it moves at the same pace as life did at that time and place.

  • Jasmine Stocker
    2019-04-30 06:26

    I highly recommend this book! It was fun and easy to read. Although I didn't read this book in order to the first because it is a sequel, I could still understand it and know what the problem was and felt happy for the characters in the end. Ruth White is now one of my favorite writers because of the mood she sets throughout her books and the image she is able to create through words.

  • Oklee
    2019-05-14 22:15

    Charming book with short stories within the content. I usually don't like sequels but must admit that I did enjoy this one. I can hardly wait until my grandson is old enough to read the two Belle Prater books. Just don't tell anyone that I am not a "young adult".

  • Pyrate Queen
    2019-05-09 06:23

    In 1955, Woodrow and his cousin Gypsy befriend a new girl in class and the three of them set off to find Woodrow's missing mother, encountering unlikely and intriguing coincidences along the way.

  • Gavin
    2019-05-17 02:17

    The Search For Belle Prater was AMAZING!! It was such an intriguing book. The ending was just great. LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!1

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2019-05-06 01:08

    The story is OK. What I dislike are the obviously modern-day "teachable moments" where the readers are instructed on topics like racial discrimination, alcoholism and gambling addictions, even outhouses. I wish I were reading a book written in the 1950s, because it wouldn't explain those things. The supernatural elements were a bit far-fetched, but I guess that's why they are supernatural. I very much enjoyed the narrator, who conveyed the regional flavor without any trace of falseness or parody.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-12 01:24

    Like the first book, this is one that I read previously as a kid, but unlike the first one, I think I only read this one once. There were probably many reasons for this, not least of which being that I would have been a junior in high school when it came out, and so a bit beyond the target audience age. But after giving it a re-read, I think another big reason was probably that it just isn't very good. The first book was excellent, and I don't see why the author couldn't leave well enough alone.The story is straightforward enough: new developments shed light on the possible whereabouts of the titular Belle Prater, and so Woodrow and Gypsy and their new friend Cassie Caulborne head off to investigate. Along the way, they (improbably) meet a boy named Joseph who just happens to also be a semi-orphan (seriously, these books have a dangerous track record for happy, two-parent families) whose aunt just happens to have seen Belle once in passing several months ago and remembers her well enough to recognize her from a photo (to credit, at least it takes her awhile to make the connection). Joseph, by the way, is black, and passing mention is made of segregation and Jim Crow laws, but the issue is never explored in even a cursory fashion. It almost reads like the author caught flack for presenting 1950s Virginia in the first book as some sort of nostalgic, lily-white, small-town idyll and ignoring the issue of race altogether (which, yes, would have been a thing in the 1950s South), and so she was trying to throw a bone to critics without actually making it any meaningful part of the storyline.The aunt is also for some reason a little person, and makes a big deal about being called a Little Person, not a midget - mirroring Joseph's own earlier admonition that he is not "colored", he is "black" - which would all be well and good, except I'm pretty sure those particular terms are at least a decade ahead of their time here. And that is the only discussion of either of those groups or their issues in the entire book. Their race and size have literally no effect whatsoever on the rest of the story; it really seems like tokenism of the worst sort.Eventually, the story comes to an abrupt and exceedingly pat ending and the mystery is solved in a manner totally unrelated to the kids' efforts.What made the first book wonderful was its introspection and its nuanced discussions of serious topics interspersed with childhood magic and no small bit of nostalgia. This book, on the other hand, was a thematic mess, with no dimension to the characters and no thoughtful introspection; it's nothing but plot, and the plot is thin and unengaging. The magic is gone.The book is dedicated "to all those readers who wanted more." I have to wonder if the author was satisfied with the first book, but then readers kept pestering and pestering her ("What happened to Belle?" "But what happened to Belle?") until she finally did the literary equivalent of going, "FINE. (view spoiler)[Belle went crazy and ran away and joined the circus, but then she got better and remembered how much she loved Woodrow so she came back and they all lived happily ever after. (hide spoiler)] THE END."

  • Thaynes4
    2019-05-10 06:14

    I think this book deserves a 3 star because I enjoyed how the author made it realistic yet mystical. When I picked up this book I Immediately become curious because it was the sequel to the book Belle Prater's Boy and I wondered if Woodrow and Gypsy had found Belle. In this book Woodrow and Gypsy continue the adventure to find Belle and on the way they meet some interesting people in their quest. Also Gypsy and Woodrow meet a new girl named Cassie who happens to have a very "fey" talent and who will join them on their quest. One thing I think that made this book deserve a 3 star was the fact that the author had lots of buildup and then a very quick ending. Also, the story ends with the mystery being solved where the mother has been but I'm not sure I could believe the lack of emotions on the whole situation. I felt that ruth white only wrote this book because she had to. it would've been much better if she wrote it because she wanted to continue the story herself. I felt that much of what happened was forced. I didn't really like the outcome of where Woodrow's mother disappeared to; I was much better off not knowing.

  • Cammie
    2019-05-05 03:18

    I wonder why White felt the need to make a sequel when, in my opinion, the first book left us off in the best place possible.I liked the first book a whole lot more than this one, because there was some kind of mystery and nostalgia, while dealing with tragic topics, and again, had a great ending.. Having two young kids finally accepting that things like this aren't always resolved the way we want it to be. This one, however, is much less realistic, and to me, had too many "signs" or random occurrences of luck. I also thought the ways that White mentioned the Jim Crow laws were one of the worst parts in the book, because the way White does it makes it feel like she just felt the need to put that in there when she didn't really want to. There were a lot of problems with this book, mainly the fact that it was unnecessary, and shouldn't have been done in the first place, but it was still fairly well done. I didn't think it was terrible, but it just wasn't as good as the first one.

  • Salsabrarian
    2019-04-27 06:27

    Sequel to "Belle Prater's Boy." Woodrow's mother disappeared a year ago but on the stroke of midnight, New Year's Eve, Woodrow's birthday, a phone call comes in. No one speaks, but Woodrow is sure it's his mother. Woodrow and his cousin Gypsy learn that the call originated from the town of Bluefield and with their new friend Cassie, they take the bus to Bluefield to try and find Woodrow's mother. On the bus they meet Joseph who's going to Bluefield to find his father. Instead Joseph meets the midget woman who raised his father and it turns out she's seen Woodrow's mother who worked with a visiting circus. The folksy voice absorbs the reader.

  • Sella Malin
    2019-05-20 00:17

    this book was okay. it good, but not as good as belle prater's boy. everyone was begging for a sequel, since the first one left the big question unanswered, so I felt that ruth white only wrote this book because she had to. it would've been much better if she wrote it because she wanted to continue the story herself. I felt that much of what happened was forced. I didn't really like the outcome of where woodrow's mother disappeared to; I was much better off not knowing. It's so much cooler when the answer's a mystery...

  • PJ
    2019-05-22 01:29

    I enjoyed Belle Prater's Boy much more than I enjoyed this book. Lots of buildup and then a very quick ending. Woodrow and his cousin and new friend from school set out to find his mother. They meet a boy on the bus and that boy ends up finding his long lost relative. That was actually my favorite part of the story. Woodrow returns home to the mountain to clean up his house because his father is moving on. The story ends with the mystery being solved where the mother has been but I'm not sure I could believe the lack of emotions on the whole situation.

  • Ryo
    2019-05-10 01:03

    Once again, I enjoyed the story of, Gypsy, Woodrow and the new girl Cassie, who happened to have a very "fey" talent.Very glad everything gets all nicely wrapped up happily in the end for all the children in the story, and it didn't feel too convenient or rushed.Very lovely children's classic. Love her work! Now I feel like reading more good old children's classics like The Phantom Tollbooth...

  • Luanne Hatcher
    2019-05-09 01:05

    I had some students who requested the sequel to "Belle Prater's Boy," since they were curious about his mom's disappearance and it was not revealed in the book. They were hoping it would be in the sequel. I decided I wanted to see if it would be in this book. I enjoyed reading "The Search for Belle Prater" and recommend it. My students also liked it. Woodrow and Gypsy go on an adventure and meet some interesting people in their quest.

  • Kimberley
    2019-05-14 02:28

    I always worry sequels won't be as good as the first book, but I really enjoyed this one. I read both with my sixth grade girls' book club. I offered to read a different book after Belle Prater's Boy, but my students were totally wrapped up in what happened to Belle. This sequel is excellent because of the many important topics it touches on, along with good pacing and a good sense of love, family, friends, and humor. I loved it! :)

  • Becky
    2019-05-07 05:14

    UGGGGH!! ok, I'm sorry if you enjoyed this, but i DIDN'T LIKE IT AT ALL!. I mean, it wasn't enjoyable to me! I felt waaaaay too rushed and there was absolutely NO ENDING! Not once it made sense to me. It wasn't strong enough to grab me in, it just felt like I was reading print, not taking it in.***You know, maybe it was just that i didn't read the first book.....

  • gina
    2019-05-06 06:25

    Not as good as the first, but the sequels rarely are. I felt the ran away with the circus idea was a bit over the top. It still had the beautiful appalachian imagery that made me forget where I was, and the feeling of childhood that makes her stories so delightful, but still...just not as good as the first.

  • Hanna
    2019-05-11 23:10

    ok i thought it was an amazing story. i relly do feel bad for woodrow. And his cousin dixi is relly careing. woodrows mom just upping left in the middle of the night and leaves woodrow a note which he doesnt find untill years later under his rug and then he goes surching for her with dixi and they meet two people on the bus and they help them and then ther new friends help them in return.

  • Joy
    2019-04-28 05:26

    I'm glad that there was a sequel to Belle Prater's Boy. This book wraps up things nicely. There are not so many of Woodrow's stories in this book. Two new characters are introduced: Cassie, the new girl at school and Joseph, who Woodrow and Gypsy meet on their bus trip. Joseph is kind of a kindred spirit to Woodrow and puts a bit of commentary on racism and segregation.

  • Angela
    2019-04-28 04:03

    I really enjoyed this, and I'm glad I finally know what happened to Belle Prater. I think I read the first book 10 years ago, so it's been bugging me for a while. This is a kids book, and the story comes to an end a little faster than I would have liked. The side characters all deserve their own stories. Especially the Luckys.

  • Kae Larsen
    2019-04-25 04:30

    I absolutely LOVE 'Belle Prater's Boy'. This was a fun ending but not nearly the same as the Newbery Honor award book 'Belle Prater's Boy.' I love the books that Ruth White writes. Her stories are awesome for kids who aren't going through the best of circumstances in life, and still come out victorious!

  • Joyce
    2019-05-24 04:29

    Just like Way Down Deep, the whole novel was almost perfect, except that the ending was not very reasonable and quite sudden. Love how Ruth White portraits all the happenings from the kids' angles. A lot was left unsaid from Gypsy's perspectives; yet, everything was very much understood by readers. A lot of good lessons too. Great read for all ages.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-19 04:24

    Belle Prater just mysteriously disappeared. Nobody saw her leave. She left her little boy and husband. Belle loved her little boy, but she thought she just had to go. Windrow, the little boy, went looking for his mom when he got older. It became an adventure.