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Pictures of Hollis Woods (2002)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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A narrative unfolds in a series photographs. Artsy characters--art lovers would truly appreciate the nuances of the relationship that saves Hollis. Readers will have real emotional responses to what happens to this complex teenage girl needing a family.

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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Pictures Hollis Woods is about a young girl that is shuffled through the foster care system for most of her life. She finds herself in a family that she loves and they love her until something terrible happens. Hollis blames herself and leaves the family so they will not hate her. She then finds an old woman who needs her. When Hollis tries to rescue the lady from the system she actually rescues them both from her erroneous thinking.

I love this book and it is a great tool for teaching visualization. This book also teaches that you cannot assume what other people are thinking.
  msmarymac | Jun 8, 2015 |
In my option this is a great book. The characters are 100% believable. Hollis has constant flashbacks; one is given between each chapter, which paints this clear and real character in your mind. Her flashbacks are detailed and told in a casual voice. For example she says, “You know how it is.” It is like she is talking directly to me. I also love how the book is told from first person point of view. Hollis refers to herself and uses “I” time after time. I would rather be talked to than told about something. First person point of view talks to me verse talking about. The big message of the story is to not be afraid to take adventures. Hollis took an adventure and now that is all she can think about! ( )
  kmcpha3 | May 4, 2015 |
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 |
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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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