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Pictures of Hollis Woods (2002)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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This story is about a girl in foster care that was abandoned as as baby. It's about her journey of finding her forever family. It's an inspiring book to read to the older grades which would be fourth grade and up. It sets up great talks about family and loved ones and students can draw their own pictures on memories that they've had and why it's significant. ( )
  jordyngingeryan | Dec 9, 2014 |
Hollis Woods is a twelve year-old girl who has lived many different homes that she has lost count. Hollis’ only wish is to have a real family that loves her. She was abandon at birth and has had some trouble along the way.
She went to live with the Regans family one summer. She fell in love with them and they want to keep her permanently. However, one day while the Regans were out Hollis and their son, Steve was at home, Hollis decided to climb the mountain by herself. She fells and hurt her ankle. Steve came and looked for her and then they are both in an accident that left Steve hurt badly.
This caused her to run away and get a place with an artist named, Josie, who she come to adore Hollis. But the agency is going to make Hollis move because Josie is elderly and is starting to forget things. So Hollis and Josie set out on an adventure to avoid Hollie being sent away. In the end, Hollis returns to the Regans’ and continues to see Josie on the weekends.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast pace and I finished it in a day. I love the way it describes the character and Hollis’ drawing; you can picture yourself there. It is set in modern times in the New York area. Hollie is the protagonist in the story and it is told from her point of view. This would be a great book to use in the classroom. It has a great message about love and understanding.
I would have the students write what they think makes a good family. I would have them draw pictures to go with some of the chapters in the book.
  embarnes | Jul 16, 2014 |
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.

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  ThoughtsofJoyLibrary | Aug 12, 2013 |
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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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