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Pictures of Hollis Woods (2002)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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    rbtanger: Although Ellen Foster was written with an adult audience in mind and Pictures of Hollis Woods was written for YA, the two books share a common theme as well as being beautifully written. The joy of Hope is central to both.
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Ever since she was abandoned as a one-hour-old baby, twelve-year-old Hollis Woods has lived with a series of foster families, running away from them whenever she felt like it. Now she has landed at the home of Josie Cahill, a retired art teacher who encourages Hollis’s artistic talent.
Not only does Hollis decide that she needs Josie, but Josie desperately needs Hollis because the old lady is starting to forget things and Hollis vows to make sure that no one will put Josie in a retirement home. A poignant, coming of age chapter book for middle schoolers, readers will learn about Hollis’s troubled past and be concerned about her future, but may find themselves pleasantly surprised by the touching ending. ( )
  MzzColby | Sep 22, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this book but I prefer the movie . ( )
  vamplove | Sep 11, 2013 |
Hollis Woods is a notorious runaway - a runaway from foster homes. She is 12-years-old and has not been able to find a home that fits her needs. She tells her story in the present and through the description of pictures of the summer past.

Hollis was a great character. I found her to be a loving, little girl. Even though this was a fast YA read, it had depth and suspense. Wanting to know what really happened during that particular summer was the driving force for me to read this in virtually one sitting. A delightful book - one for tweens and adults alike.

Originally posted on: Thoughts of Joy ( )
  ThoughtsofJoyLibrary | Aug 12, 2013 |
I read this several years ago and it's a short but sweet book. Great ending and I loved the way Steven helped Hollis and Josie out during the winter. ( )
  briannad84 | Jul 14, 2013 |
2003 must have been a good year for children's books, since there were five books on the Newbery Honor list (runners-up for the Newbery Medal). I've now read three, all of which were about foster children (although one was set in the middle ages, before the system existed). [b:Pictures of Hollis Woods|828084|Pictures of Hollis Woods|Patricia Reilly Giff|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1178734285s/828084.jpg|1685656] falls somewhere in between the light-hearted [b:Surviving the Applewhites|548609|Surviving the Applewhites|Stephanie S. Tolan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1200866837s/548609.jpg|1341211] and the rather darker [b:Crispin: Cross of Lead]. It's told in the first person by Hollis, a girl who is a talented artist but a "difficult" child who usually ends up running away from foster homes. We learn that there was one home she liked, but ended up running away from as well, and it's while before we learn why. The device of describing pictures she has drawn to show what has happened in her life works very well. Suspenseful, at times heart-breaking, I think this is a book both boys and girls would like. It was well-deserving of the silver medal. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Voor Alice Tiernan, die vaak in de Delaware-rivier gaat vissen;
en voor Bill Reilly, die altijd met haar meegaat.
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Follows the story of a Hollis Woods, who was a foster child and moves around a lot. She leaves a place she really likes then finds her way back.
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Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans, the one family who offers her a home.

When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they’ll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won’t let anyone separate them. She’s escaped the system before; this time, she plans to take Josie with her.

Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she’ll never forget.


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A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.

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