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4.0 out of 5 starsAn interesting peek into early 1950's Virginia
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2016
This book was recommended to me by a fifth grade teacher who uses it in her classroom in Lithia, FL. As an adult reader, I was surprisingly pulled in by this story of 1954 rural Virginia and the way life was at that time. The story is built around the mystery of the disappearance one night of a family member (Belle Prater) including the build up to that event and the results afterwards. This book offers many thought provoking questions for young and old alike. In fact, I liked it Belle Prater's Boy enough to read the follow on book about what happens to this family. This is an easy read good book for adults. It is a very good book for young adults.
5.0 out of 5 starsOlder Teens and Adult - Still Loved It!
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
My older teens and I listened to the audio version of this book a few years ago. It's one of those stories that you continue to think about after it's over. We loved it, and I wanted a copy for our home library.
This is a touching story with a surprisingly mature plot for a book written for ages 10-11. The two main characters, cousins, are trying to deal with loss - one the death her father and the other the disappearance of his mother. Both feel like social outcasts and like they have been abandoned by the adult most important to them. I so appreciate an author who respects adolescents and children enough to write such a human story that thousands of children will be able to relate to and thousands more may learn some empathy from reading such a moving story.
5.0 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed this book. I plan to read more books by Ruth White.
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2014
This book was a wonderful read. I am an elementary school counselor & decided to read this book because my sixth-graders are reading it in class. Their teacher knew that some of the students might have questions dealing with death and suicide. It is the first book I have read by Ruth White but it will not be the last! It is very well written and she deals with the subjects of death and suicide in a very sensitive way. I like the theme throughout the book of not judging people by what you see on the outside but by getting to know what's on the inside.
4.0 out of 5 starsThese young people are good examples for us old-timers!
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2013
I really enjoyed this book, even though I am far from the age of the young people in this book. I live very near the book's setting, and that added quite a bit of enjoyment for me. The plot was believable, and had a fairly high ring of possible truth to it. Personally, I liked the implied message in the whole book, and a lot of grownups could do well to heed the message.