Great Gilly Hopkins
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Gilly Hopkins is a determined-to-be-unpleasant 11-year-old foster kid who the reader can't help but like by the end. Gilly has been in the foster system all her life, and she dreams of getting back to her (as she imagines) wonderful mother. (The mother makes these longings worse by writing the occasional letter.) Gilly is all the more determined to leave after she's placed in a new foster home with a "gross guardian and a freaky kid." But she soon learns about illusions--the hard way. This Newbery Honor Book manages to treat a somewhat grim, and definitely grown-up theme with love and humor, making it a terrific read for a young reader who's ready to learn that "happy" and "ending" don't always go together. (Ages 9 to 12) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The Great Gilly Hopkins cannot be tamed!
Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the National Book Award for Children's Literature
ALA Notable Children's Book
Jane Addams Book Award
Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all. She has a reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable, and that's the way she likes it. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters—by far the strangest family yet—she knows it's only a temporary problem.
Gilly decides to put her sharp mind to work and get out of there fast. She's determined to no longer be a foster kid. Before long she's devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come rescue her. But unfortunately, the plan doesn't work out quite as she hoped it would. . . .--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson is a novel about a young girl named Gilly. She was placed in foster care when she was younger and has been with 3 different families in her eleven years of life. Life can be tough for Gilly, so many new changes and new people, but Gilly can be a handful for those around her. While Gilly learns to live with her new, but different, family, she tries to locate her real mother. As Gilly attempts to cope with her new environment, she also learns the values of respect, discipline and what it means to live with a real family that cares about you.
I believe that the main message in this novel is that you should be careful for what you wish for. Gilly had a dream that she wanted to meet her mother, but when she finally met her, she wasn't nearly what she thought she thought. Also, inside the book there are little messages about racism, friendship and co-operation.
Overall, I thought this was a very enjoyable book. I liked this novel because there were many connections and relations, and it really enlightened me in some difficulties that people have in life. The only thing that surprised me was the ending. I still liked the ending, but it wasn't what I thought it would be. I highly recommend this book- it would defiantly NOT be a waste of your time.
The Great Gilly Hopkins
By: Kodi 4.5 Stars
The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson is a book about a girl who is an orphan traveling from home to home. Her name is Gilly, (Galadriel) and she goes to a new foster home and meets her new family. She hates them but in the end things are twisted around as her dream comes true.
The Great Gilly Hopkins has two messages that first come to mind.Read more ›
The main character Gilly Hopkins is a self centered unloved 6th grader. In less than 3 years, she's been moved to 3 foster homes. When she meets her new foster family, which consists of a fat lady, named Trotter, a punny retarded 7-year-old William Ernest and a blind black old man Randolph. She tries lots of things to get away from them and the old run down house. She even steals, cleans and gives William Ernest reading lessons. She does all that hard work just to get caught. The one-day she gets taken away to live with her grandma and then she realizes how much she loves and misses her foster Family. Then she meets her real mom and finds out she doesn't love her. Next she figures out that the Trotters love her and she loves them.
I thought it was great how Gilly changed so much and how she learned it was okay to be loved and love. I really enjoyed when she was teaching William Ernest how to fight and stand up for himself and I need to learn how to stand up for myself. I thought it was a wonderful book with lots of detail and feelings that a kid might feel in their everyday life.
Now this book is great. Doggone it, I do this with every Katherine Paterson book. I walk in with the vague hope of not hating the book (paging "Bridge to Terebithia") and end up loving it as much as everyone else in the world loves it. What is not to like about this book? You begin with a thoroughly unlikable character. Sure, maybe she's been having some ups and downs in her life, but she's a racist, thieving, conniving little brat. And doggone it if you don't end up loving the little whelp by the end. Gilly changes, the reader changes with her, and the people around her are great. And the ending is far from perfect for poor Gilly, but she did bring it on herself and she's strong enough to survive it. The book's got pep, the girl's got pep, and the whole thing is thoroughly enjoyable. Two thumbs way way up for the Gilly gal.
"The Great Gilly Hopkins"was written by Katherine Paterson.The type of book is fiction.Why did I choose this book to read???The reason is the cover of this book.The cover attracts me to read it.On the cover,a girl was sitting in the floor and looking at a photo.She looks like very unhappy.I also feel her has many secrets.On that time,I think this book is very good,because she might have a touching story.I want to know the story of this girl.
In this book,the main character is Gilly Hopkins who is the girl on the book cover.She is eleven years old and a foster kid.She is in foster system all her life.She moves into her third foster home in less than three years.She wants to find her mother in Califormia.She also has a delusion that one day her real mother will live with her.Mrs Trotter,a fat countrywomen.She is a foster mother of Gilly.She also takes care about a metally slow foster child,is called Willian Ernest.
What is the ending of this story book???Finally ,Gilly with her mother and grandmother live.On that time,she wishes she is back living with Mrs Trotter.You want to know what happened before the ending,READ THIS BOOK~~!!
I like this book very much because it is very attractive.If you start to read this book,you will not want to stop it.You will continue to read and want to know what happened on the story.You will want to know whether Gilly find her mother at the end.Can she live with her mother??In this book,the discruption of characters and places are very detail.The editor describes the place are very detail to the readers because the editor wants the readers fuse into the story.Read more ›
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I first read this one day in class last year.We were going to be stuying it.At first,when I read the first 2 or 3 chapters i said "This is so boring! Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2004 by Em Katyna
Some things are better unanswered, March 30, 2004
Reviewer: Casey Erikson from New Iberia, Louisiana United States
I highly recommend this book, the warmth and love it... Read more
This book will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time. It's about a girl that has been to more foster families than she can remember. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003
The Great Gilly Hopkins is a sad story, but people will not observe it unless they read the latter part of the story. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by Reading for Fun
That "reference to adultery" is overrated. She doesn't go into the details about sex, you can still keep that a secret from your kids, all she does is say "it's annoying when... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Ulyyf
I thought this book was really great because it showed me that not all people in our world end up having happy endings or live happily ever after. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003
I thought that this book was great. I would reccomend this book to kids because it was enjoyable and funny. The best thing about the book was that they grew and changed. Read morePublished on June 16 2003
This book was pretty good. I thought the book was good because it didn't happen but it could have happened. Read morePublished on June 16 2003
I don't like this book because the girl is basically whining the whole book because she wanted to see her mom. Read morePublished on June 16 2003