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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.
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
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