Belle Prater's Boy

Ruth White, Author Yearling Books $6.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-440-41372-1

PW gave a starred review to this Newbery Honor book about the friendship between a sorrowing 12-year-old girl and an unusual boy in 1950s Western Virginia: ""so fresh that readers can practically smell the lilacs and the blossoming fruit trees."" Ages 10-up. (Feb.)