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Rahasia Embusan Angin: Belle Prater's Boy (Belle Prater #1)

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Sekitar pukul lima pada Minggu pagi yang hangat di bulan Oktober 1953, Bibi Belle meninggalkan tempat tidurnya dan menghilang dari muka bumi.

Semua orang di Coal Station, Virginia, memiliki teori tentang apa yang telah terjadi terhadap Belle Prater. Namun, Gypsy menginginkan bukti. Kesempatan itu terbuka lebar ketika sepupunya, Woodrow, putra Bibi Belle, pindah ke dekat rum
Paperback, 206 pages
Published 2007 by Mizan Pustaka (first published 1996)
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Belle Prater’s Boy is set in 1953 Coal Station, Virginia. Belle’s son, Woodrow, is known for his infamous mother and then mostly for what she did. Early one morning, after a trip to the outhouse, she mysteriously disappeared from the little shack where she lived with her son and husband without leaving a trace. She never returned.

Some months later when nothing can be discovered about her whereabouts, Woodrow comes to town to stay with his maternal grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa Ball. Next do
Linda Lipko
Insightful, poignant, touching and sensitively written, this 1997 Newbery honor book is one I highly recommend. With shades of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the reader observes small-town life through the eyes of a young, precocious young girl.

In 1953 Belle Prater left her house, her near-do-well husband and young son and vanished from Coal Station, VA, never to be found.

In 1954 Gypsy Arbutus Leemaster's view of life is about to change when she befriends her cousin Woodrow after he moves a
Lars Guthrie
Jun 15, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ripped right through this fantastic book. Belle Prater is the aunt of the narrator, a pretty sixth-grader named Gypsy Arbutus Leemaster. Belle's son Woodrow is her seemingly ungainly and cross-eyed cousin.

Apparently abandoned by his mother, who has mysteriously disappeared from "way far in the head of a long, isolated holler," Woodrow comes to live with the cousins' grandparents, residents of the tony part of Coal Station, Virginia. They live right next to Gypsy and her mother and step-father
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Ruth White has again created a novel with unique and interesting characters who grab your attention and compel you to read to the end. This is a story of children's fantasy vs. adult truth, of physical beauty vs. inner beauty, of broken family, extended family, and stepfamily. Gypsy Leemaster and her cousin Woodrow Prater both have an unforgettable year in which they not only get to know each other, but also discover truths about themselves and the adults around them. The time period, 1954, was ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Jan 27, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belle Prater’s Boy is just the kind of book I love – beautifully written, moving, and full of thoughtful conclusions. It’s 1953 and Gypsy’s Aunt Belle has disappeared without a trace. Her cousin, Woodrow, comes to live in Granny and Grandpa Ball’s house right next door. He looks rough, with his hand-me-down mining clothes and his crossed eyes, but the town finds that outward appearances don’t make the boy. Gypsy, on the other hand, is as beautiful as her mother, but no one ever sees the individu ...more
Makayla M.
Belle Praters Boy by Ruth White is a very intriguing, modern realistic fiction book written about 12 year old Gypsy and her cousin, Woodrow Prater. Belle Praters boy. When Gypsy's aunt, Belle goes missing one morning, her son, Woodrow moves in with his grandparents that live right next to Gypsy, her mother and her stepfather, Porter. Gypsy and Woodrow create a everlasting bond that couldn't be broken, but Gypsy still could figure out why Woodrow took his mothers disappearance so steadily when sh ...more
Aug 01, 2007 Niken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bukuanak
buku ini bikin mata gw bengkak dan sesenggukan edan di beberapa bab terakhir. tiap air matanya mulai mengering dikit, udah ada lagi cerita yang mengharukan. jadi, buat yang lagi pms, atau yang sedang sedih tapi susah ngeluarin air mata, atau buat yang lagi pengen bikin efek mata bendol, bacalah buku ini.

oya, biar reviewnya lebih berbobot, yang bisa dipelajari dari buku ini adalah jadi cantik itu beban, jadi jelek juga beban, apalagi kalo tiap detik mikirnya adalah betapa jeleknya gw. hmm...begi
Oct 24, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute, quick read. It has a good message for younger kids- I wish the ending hadn't been so rushed, but it was still worth it.
Apr 20, 2013 Noelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 23, 2009 Helna rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, terjemahan
Kehilangan berarti kesedihan tiada tara, derai air mata adalah buktinya. Namun, bagaimana jika kehilangan menjadi sebuah pembelajaran kehidupan. Akankah kesengsaraan itu sirna?

Rahasia Embusan Angin – Belle Prater’s Boy

Embusan angin di waktu fajar akan menceritakan rahasia kepadamu
Janganlah tidur kembali.
Mintalah apa yang sungguh-sungguh kau inginkan.
Janganlah tidurlah kembali.
Orang-orang pergi dan kembali melalui ambang pintu
Tempat dua dunia bersinggungan
Pintu itu terbuka lebar,
Janganlah tidur k
"Around 5:00 a.m. on a warm Sunday morning in October 1953, my Aunt Belle left her bed and vanished from the face of the earth."

This was wonderful. Two cousins brought together by tough circumstances: Woodrow's mother, Belle Prater, has disappeared from their home in a Virginia holler, and he comes to Coal Station to live with his grandparents, next door to his cousin Gypsy, whose father died years ago -- and whose mother has remarried, to Gypsy's dismay.

Gypsy, like her mother, is a beauty, wit
Apr 15, 2011 Umma added it
Rahasia Embusan Angin adalah novel transisi anak-anak menuju dewasa yang menggambarkan kisah bagaimana seorang anak bisa menghadapi suatu kenyataan yang sulit.Dalam menulis novelnya,Ruth White menyuguhkan kepada pembaca bahasa yang mudah di cerna sehingga pembaca akan selalu ingin membca kelanjutan kisahnya yang sudah disetting bagus oleh Ruth White runtutan ceritanya.Seolah-olah kita menjadi detektif kecil yang memecahkan sebuah kasus dengan bukti-bukti yang berurutan.Kisah ini di awali pada su ...more
I read this book for the first time with a co-teacher to a sixth-grade class (11-12 year old kids). Even while it was being read in that strange not-monotone, patronizing way some teachers have, and in spite of the NUMEROUS interruptions that teachers love to intersperse in oral reading, I and the students enjoyed it greatly. I decided to read it with my own classes. In order to avoid the temptation to do the interrupting thing (explaining vocabulary, plot structure, character development, etc.) ...more
I enjoyed this book very much. It started off a bit slow but picked up tremendously. I liked the concept of it too.
Nov 19, 2013 jienna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the
doorsill, where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.
-Jalal al-Din Rumi, 13th century

I really like this story because it has so much to tell you in just one book. I learned lots of things which in some way, I have all thought and felt about before but I just couldn't put them into words.
Jul 19, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Date read is today, but this is actually one I owned and read repeatedly as a kid. I was thinking about it the other day and decided to re-read to see if it was still as good as I remembered. Short answer: oh yes. The prose is lovely, the descriptions are gorgeous, the setting is vivid, and the main characters are smart and sympathetic but still believable as twelve-year-old kids. The story mostly alternates between sweet (but not saccharine) childhood scenes and Important Conversations about th ...more
May 11, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, childrens
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White is children's literature at its best. It tells the story of two 12-year-old cousins, Gypsy and Woodrow, who in addition to friendship share a painful common bond--the absence of a parent. White deftly handles her two young protagonists, slowly developing their characters and revealing their pasts. By the end of the book, Gypsy and Woodrow have faced--and accepted--the truth, that their parents loved them, but that "their pain was bigger than their love." Despite ...more
Emry Acton
Feb 02, 2016 Emry Acton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In class we just finished this. The theme is clearly appearances. They talk about it in the whole book. With Gypsy's hair and Woodrow's cross-eyes, also how blind Benny see's everyone by whats inside. This book was very interesting. It was set in early 1900's I believe. This was a very good and interesting choice that the author made. 4 stars!
Sep 13, 2007 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on CD, and loved it. Uproariously funny and touching too. Woodrow's mother, Belle, has disappeared. Story is told from the point of view of Woodrow's cousin Gypsy, and her voice stays with you. Full of delightful expressions, many of which I've adopted as my own. Which is to say, yes, I'm more broke than the ten commandments.
Haryadi Yansyah
May 17, 2009 Haryadi Yansyah rated it really liked it
Shelves: anak-anak
Aku jadi ingat tokoh Jeffrey di Keluarga penderwick , kenapa? karena tokoh Woodrow di buku ini sama menyenangkannya dengan Jeffrey. Bedanya, dibalik keceriaannya, Woodrow menyimpan sebuah kesedihan yang besar. Ia terpaksa pindah ke Coal Station, Virginia, karena sang Ibu, Belle Prater mendadak hilang disuatu subuh. Hilang begitu saja. Lenyap.

Ayahnya -Everett kurang memperhatikannya (disuatu bagian digambarkan suka mabuk dan selingkuh dengan wanita lain), karena itulah ia pindah dan tinggal bersa
Oct 20, 2016 Mariella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Belle Prater's boy' by Ruth white, is a wonderful historical fiction book, that takes place on the 1900's. If you like bone chilling mystery, than you would like this book. Although it has exciting mystery some chapters left my feeling like crying. In this book you feel their wonder and more. This is really good book!
it was a good book. but I hated the ending because it made no sense. my favorite part was when Woodrow tricked miss. cooper that she was drinking alcohol.
Oct 21, 2016 Amelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of true friendship and loyalty, with a few twists and turns along the way. When Woodrow Prater witnesses his mothers strange dissaperance he is swept to a diffrent town whare him and his cousin Gypsy become best friends and try to solve the mystery of his mothers strange disaperaence.
Jul 28, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-honor
This was wonderful and I would read it again. The language reminds me a little of the writing from the TV show "Justified", which I absolutely love.

"It was a perfect day. The hills around us were green and full and they seemed to hold our little town in a cup away from the rest of the world. All the yards on Residence Street were as neat as a freshly made bed, and there was the smell of lilacs and fruit trees blooming everywhere."

"...dying ain't nothing' but changing your form, like water turns
Sep 12, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like books about mysteries, friendships and unexpected surprises? If so, Belle Praters boy is for you. When Woodrow's mother, Belle goes missing, he stays with his grandparents, aunt, and cousin, Gypsy. After both going through awful tragedies in their lives, cousins Woodrow and Gypsy become great friends while trying to solve Belle's mystery. Through getting to know the characters, you'll discover Woodrow and Gypsy's unexpected, deep and surprising secrets that desperately needed to com ...more

Why does 12-year-old Gyspy suffer the same recurring nightmare? Why does her 12-year-old cousin, Woodrow, faithfully read the personal ads in the Sunday paper? In this delightful, swift-reading story of two kids in a Virginia coal town White explores the complexity of family dynamics. Presenting intricate social situations she examines the challenges whichpre-teens face in school and in the community at large. Capturing the attention and imagination of both teenage and adult
Sep 13, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belle Prater's boy was a great book that I enjoyed. One of the reasons I liked it so much was because the main characters confront sad and life changing things that scarred them at such young ages. The journey they go through is a great one that teaches the reader valuable lessons. I also liked that a recurring theme of the book was that the inside is what matters. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
Tessa Hensley
Dec 04, 2015 Tessa Hensley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When little Woodrow's mother disappears suddenly he is sent to live with his grandparents next door to his cousin Gypsy. Belle's disappearance is the talk of the town, and many secrets come out about Belle and her sister's love interest, how he died, what cause the sisters to quarrel, and finally what actually happened to Belle Prater. Woodrow is a natural story teller with his creative mind and quick wit, sometimes Gypsy feels like he gets away with everything while she has to hid behind her lo ...more
Paulina Tatro
Sep 13, 2016 Paulina Tatro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for summer reading in school such an great book
Nov 23, 2015 Selena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was an okay book. The first few chapters were very good and interesting. It really made me want to keep reading. I was very excited to see what was going to happen next. Then the boy moved with his grandparents and the book got kind of boring. It didn't interest me anymore. Then action started happening and I was happy again. The boy was a lot of back and forth and it was very confusing to read. The characters were very interesting but some of them were spoiled and brats. One of the ma ...more
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I was born in the Appalachian hills of Virginia, which is the setting for Belle Prater's Boy and The Search for Belle Prater. I lived there until I graduated from high school and went away to college. Though I left the hills, they never left me. My memories of those years are quite vivid. I have always referred to that time as both traumatic and wonderful. I get most of my ideas for my stories fro ...more
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“Therefore, it is my belief that Blind Benny, even with his poor sightless eyes, is the only person I know who can see with perfect clarity. Because Benny is able to see beyond appearances.” 10 likes
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