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Pictures Of Hollis Woods [Library Binding]

Patricia Reilly Giff
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From Publishers Weekly

Giff (Lily s Crossing; All the Way Home) again introduces a carefully delineated and sympathetic heroine in this quiet contemporary novel. Artistically talented Hollis Woods, age 12, has made a habit of running away from foster homes, but she s found a place on Long Island where she wants to stay for a while. She immediately bonds with Josie, her new guardian, who is a slightly eccentric, retired art teacher. Yet Hollis is far from content. She worries about Josie s increasing forgetfulness, and she sorely misses her last foster family, the Regans, whom she left under tense circumstances that are only gradually made clear. Giff intersperses tender scenes demonstrating Hollis s growing affection for Josie with memories of the Regans, whose images Hollis preserves in her sketchbook. Pictures of motherly Izzy Regan, her architect husband and their mischievous yet compassionate son, Steven, sensitively express the young artist s conception of a perfect family. As readers become intimately acquainted with Hollis, they will come to understand her fears, regrets and longings, and will root for her as she pursues her dream of finding a home where she belongs. Ages 8-13.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-Patricia Giff's wonderful novel (Random, 2002) receives marvelous narration in this very successful recording. Twelve-year-old Hollis Woods, a longtime participant in the foster care system, is sent to live with Josie Cahill. Josie is a glamorous, elderly woman who has been successful in reaching difficult children. Prickly Hollis slowly warms to Josie's charm and becomes protective of the older woman who is exhibiting signs of senility. Alternate chapters reveal Hollis's previous living arrangement in a series off flashbacks. Giff skillfully builds the suspense over how Hollis feels she doomed her relationship with the loving Regan family. Now, Hollis knows that if the social workers find out that Josie is losing her memory, they will send Hollis to another family, leaving Josie without a caretaker. Hollis decides to run away with Josie and heads toward the Regan's summer house. There, both plot lines culminate, leaving Hollis wiser, happier, and finally belonging to the family of which she has always dreamed. Hope Davis does a superb job narrating the story, using subtle vocal intonations to differentiate between the unusually well-drawn characters. She gives Josie a frail but lively portrayal, while Hollis is by turns sullen, defiant, and filled with guilt. As Hollis lets down her self-protective walls, Davis injects her voice with a new quality, helping listeners grow even more fond of the character. It helps that Giff is such a visual writer, using art as a theme through the artistic qualities of Hollis, Josie, and several other characters. This is a recording not to be missed.
B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 5-7. She was named for the place where she was found as an abandoned baby. Twelve-year-old Hollis Woods has been through many foster homes--and she runs away, every time. In her latest placement, with an artist named Josie, the tightly wound Hollis begins to relax ever so slightly. In the warmth of Josie's creativity, Hollis' own drawings, always her voice and the way she sees best, proliferate. In flashback and memory, we see Hollis' last foster family, what they meant to her, and why she ran. But Josie is slowly slipping into dementia, and Hollis knows that she'll be taken away from her if Josie is found out. How she saves Josie and herself is the kernel of this moving story about families, longing, and belonging. Veteran author Giff has a sure hand with language, and the narrative is taut and absorbing. GraceAnne DeCandido
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children. Several of her novels have been chosen as ALA Notable Books and ALA Best Books for Young Adults. They include Nory Ryan’s Song and the Newbery Honor Books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily’s Crossing was also chosen as a Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book. Her most recent book is Willow Run, the companion to Lily’s Crossing. These titles, as well as Water Street, are available on audio from Listening Library. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From AudioFile

Foster child Hollis Wood's latest "home" is with loving but increasingly absent-minded Josey Kale. Threatened with yet another move, Hollis plans a daring trip to a house abandoned for the winter. She reflects on its owners, her previous foster family, and the events that keep her from accepting them. Through her drawings, Hollis makes an emotional journey that will lead her to her true home. Hope Davis gives a gentle, captivating performance as the life-hardened girl who processes her doubts about being part of a real family. Slight changes in vocalization make the supporting characters distinct and just as enchanting as Hollis Woods herself. J.M.P. 2003 ALA Notable Recording © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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