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The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine…

The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978)

by Katherine Paterson

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Gilly is a independent over confident girl. she is a foster kid and she really wants her real mother back. she hates all of her foster parents and she has had a lot of foster parents. then she meets the Trotters at first she hates them then she doesn't know it but she starts to like them but she is still trying to get her mom. When she starts to really like them her mother comes and she go's with her mom. I think Katherine Paterson did a really good job on this book because it has a lot of detail so you know what is going on. I recommend this book to you if you like books that you cant put down. and if you like books with emotion. ( )
  lillybennett | May 24, 2015 |
In my opinion, this was a wonderful book to read. I really liked the language the author used. For example, its setting is around the 1960-70s in the South. Gilly has moved around a few time so she isn't aware that Black and White people now get along. She doesn’t like her teacher, Miss Harris and even writes her a poem proving it. However, they both discover how alike they are as the story progresses. I also liked the plot of the story. It was a very unique plot line. For example, I expected a very happy ending: Gilly was going to be with her mother once again. But, plot twist! Gilly’s mother didn’t want her back. When Gilly is forced to move to Virginia with her grandmother, she ends up not liking it there. Finally, even though there were no pictures in the book, the author used such descriptive words that it was easy to create a vivid image in your mind. The way Trotter, Mr. Randolph, and William Earnest were depicted was so specific that is was almost like you became Gilly as you read the book. The main message of this story is to not judge a book by its cover. Trotter and William Earnest in the end of the book are not what Gilly expected them to be. Neither is her mother. Gilly herself goes through a shocking transformation. ( )
  AliciaTrotman | May 7, 2015 |
Summary: This is about Gilly, a young foster child who wanted to get back to her real mom so badly that she tried everything she could to get kicked out of her foster homes. Gilly tries to get everyone she meets to dislike her because she has her mind set on the idea that she only needs her mom and herself. Gilly tries to steal money and get a bus ticket to go see her mom, but she gets caught. She realizes she has people that love her. She ends up meeting her real mom and she finds out that her real mom left her on purpose. Gilly ends up loving the grandma she met and her new foster family.

Personal Reaction: I did not like the cursing and racial comments in this book. Personally, I wouldn't real this book to a group of young children. I thought the overall theme was good and the story is probably relatable to a lot of kids in the foster care system.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Talk about the importance of using more appropriate words to explain our feelings
2) Switch up seats and have the kids make new friends in the class
  Bretny | Apr 29, 2015 |
This book was about a young girl who is a foster child and always got herself into trouble that she constantly had to move to a new foster home. But what caused her to act out so much was because she was determined that her mother would come back for her and take her home. The family that she is within the story actually loves her and accepted her despite her actions towards them, but she is not falling for it at all and just wants to leave. The big idea of this story was family because Gilly eventually learned and accepted that they were her family and she was happy there, until it was time to go, again. I really liked this book for two main reasons. The first reason I liked it was because of the cover illustration. The cover of this book showed Gilly as a strong girl who wasn’t afraid of anything or anyone and could handle anything that came at her. This picture of Gilly with her arms crossed, showing her muscle foreshadowed the story to come, and gave us as readers an idea of who Gilly actually was. The second reason I liked this book was because of the storyline. At one point in the story, Gilly was determined not to like the people she lived with. She wanted to treat them with no respect and love, but eventually, she did not even notice that she was actually enjoying her time there with them, and that her love for them had actually grown so much. For example, when everyone got sick, Gilly decided to take it upon herself to cater to her family and make sure that they all got better, even though she was terribly tired from working so hard. All she wanted was for her family to be back to normal again. ( )
  JeNeeH | Mar 31, 2015 |
This book is about a foster child Gilly who wants nothing but to get back to her mother so she has done everything she can to get kicked out of every foster home the state has put her in. In the book Gilly gets put with this family Mrs. Trotter and her adopted son W.E. who at first she can not stand and thinks that they are dumb and trashy. She tries to do everything she can to get them to dislike her. Not only does Gilly try to get Mrs. Trotter and W.E. to not like her she does this with everyone she comes in contact with because she has convinced herself that all she needs is her real mother and herself. In the book she tries to steal money and buy a bus ticket to go see her real mother and gets caught. After this she realizes how much every one in her life really cares for her, as well as them for her. She finally realizes this and her real Grandmother shows up to pick her up to live with her and she has to leave Mrs. Trotter and W.E. and Mr. Randolph who is a neighbor that always hangs out with Mrs. Trotter and W.E. and Gilly. So Gilly moves with her grandmother and realizes that her mother not only left her but left her Grandmother as well and they have some things in common and Gilly starts to like her Grandmother. Finally Gilly gets to meet her real mother and realizes that, her real mother never loved her and never wanted her. Mrs. Trotter tells her that life is tough and she tells Gilly she loves her and Gilly says it back.

In this book one thing I like is that the way the narrator tells the story is from Gilly’s perspective which is being a foster child in the system. In the book you can see when Gilly says she likes moving around because staying in one place is boring and she also says in the book that all she needs is her real mother and herself to be taken care of. When you look at the way she is talking about her real mother you can see where a real foster child might feel the same way. Another reason I like this book is the way the author shows Gilly’s progression of going from hating everyone to loving them. In the book they show this by how she hated Mrs. Trotter in the beginning and at the end of the book she is telling Mrs. Trotter she loves her. ( )
  bwinte3 | Mar 24, 2015 |
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One of my favorites from grade school. Despite her hatred towards her adoptive family, one of my favorite Gilly moments is where she teaches WE (the little boy) to stand up for himself by saying "Get the hell outta my way!"
I would recommend this to anyone, regardless of the age group.
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Gilly Hopkins is a determined-to-be-unpleasant 11-year-old foster kid who the reader can't help but like by the end. Gilly has been in the foster system all her life, and she dreams of getting back to her (as she imagines) wonderful mother. (The mother makes these longings worse by writing the occasional letter.) Gilly is all the more determined to leave after she's placed in a new foster home with a "gross guardian and a freaky kid." But she soon learns about illusions--the hard way. This Newbery Honor Book manages to treat a somewhat grim, and definitely grown-up theme with love and humor, making it a terrific read for a young reader who's ready to learn that "happy" and "ending" don't always go together. (Ages 9 to 12) --Richard Farr

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An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.

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