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Pictures Of Hollis Woods Library Binding – May 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417624418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417624416
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #839,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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-Abandoned at birth, Hollis Woods has lived in about a half dozen homes and has always wished for a family. A foster caretaker describes her as "a mountain of trouble." When Josie Cahill, a retired art teacher, takes the 12-year-old into her home on Long Island, NY, the two bond almost immediately. Hollis draws pictures with colored pencils and Josie carves branches into people. However, it soon becomes clear that Josie has trouble remembering things, and Hollis becomes the caregiver. When she stops attending school, a social worker comes by to investigate. Flashbacks slowly illuminate Hollis's life with one family who had hoped to adopt her and why this didn't happen. Giff masterfully weaves these two strands together in a surprising and satisfying ending. Strong characterization and a solid sense of place are the strengths of this heartfelt story that will appeal to fans of Sharon Creech's Ruby Holler (2002), Katherine Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978, both HarperCollins), and Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Gib Rides Home (Delacorte, 1998).
Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on April 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pictures of Hollis Woods was written by Patricia Reilly Giff. This novel is about a young girl trying to find a foster home that she likes. So far all the families she has been with she's ran away from because she says that she doesn't fit in. Then one day, her social worker brought her to a lady named Josie. At first Hollis was nervous like she always is, but Josie made her feel right at home. Hollis felt comfortable with Josie because they shared something in common with each other...they both are artists. Hollis loves to draw and Josie is a sculptor. Eventually Hollis realizes something that could take her away from Josie. To keep this secret to herself, throughout the story she is trying to keep Josie away from her social worker.
One of the reasons that I didn't like this book was because it moved at a very slow pace. I couldn't really get into it because it's nothing that I can relate to. It also didn't have a lot of interesting chapters. They were mainly all about Josie and Hollis and what they do and where they go which, in my opinion, isn't that great of a book.
Another reason that I didn't like this novel was that it had very good details, but too many. One of the only things I did like about the book was the ending. In the end something great happens and it makes you feel excited and happy for Hollis and Josie. But leading up to that moment in the story isn't that good or as exciting.
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By A Customer on Dec 11 2003
Format: Hardcover
The story that I read was Pictures of Hollis Woods. The characters in Pictures of Hollis Woods are: Hollis Woods, a 12 year old girl, who becomes a foster child, and has to change foster homes each year; Mrs. Evans, Hollis' teacher; the Mustard women, who never leaves home; Izzy, whose favorite word is frenzied; and Josie, who always wants marshmallows in her cocoa. This book takes place up in mountains in the present. This book is realistic fiction.
One of the events in this story is when Hollis gets a new foster mom and she brings Hollis to the cliff and leaves her there. The foster mother gets a really bad disease and the people are going to take Hollis away from the mother, but before that can happen Hollis does something to help the mother and herself.
My opinion of this book is that it's really interesting, but you have to really read to understand the book. My reason for why it is interesting, is because this book relates to people who really do have to stay in a foster home for almost your whole life.
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A book so sad I could not but cry. The book has a couple similarities to "The Great Gilly Hopkins", in terms of plot and genre. In both cases you have a female orphan with a mind of her own who really just wants to be loved. Hollis Woods was a well thought out character and the author had a strong sense of how a kid feels when they've been abandoned regularly. She also understood the guilt kids feel about what they've done. It is completely believable that Hollis wouldn't want to return to the Regans (the loving family to whom she briefly belongs) after believing she got Steven (their son) nearly killed and is destroying the family's relationships. She thinks she's poison to those she loves. I haven't cried at the end of a book in a long time, but I sobbed (SOBBED I TELLS YE) with this one. The form is a little difficult to get a handle on, initially. I don't think this book would read aloud very well in a classroom situation. Reading one chapter one day and another chapter the next would only confuse the kids and they would be unable to understand what happens when. Once you understand what the author is doing, however, the book should be easy to get through. Not for beginning readers, just the same.
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When I first bought this book, I didn't know what I was getting into! My friend suggested me it, but then another told me that she didn't really much enjoy reading it, and she found it boring, so I wasn't sure what to expect! What I found was a wonderful adventure story about a young girl named Hollis Woods!
This book is divided into 2 parts! Around every other chapter they switch from " Pictures " to " Chapters "! Picutres were about her past and her memories, and chapters went on like it was the present normal time! In the end they both combine together and create a warming ending!
I won't tell you every thing about the book, but just a simple summary, to read the whole thing I suggest you to read it yourself! The book is about a girl named Hollis Woods who's an orphan!
She was a tricky one, every home she was ever sent to she ran away from it! One home was an amazing home though, a home that toke her in and accepted her as a family member, it was the home of the Old Man and Steven! As you read the " pictures " you'll see how she loved that home and grew up in it, and how it wasn't like all the other homes she had gone to, where she was treated like a pile of dirt!
But Hollis also ran away from that home, even though she loved it dearly! Why? You'll have to read to find out! The other part of the story is about what happened after Hollis ran away! You see, Hollis was an amazing artist, she loved to draw, and so she was sent to the home of an art teacher after she ran away from the Old Man's home!
The home, belonging to Josie, she also found nice! Josie was old though, and her memory span was short, Josie forgot about school and all of those things, and even though Hollis could mighty well run away she didn't, for she knew Josie needed her!
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