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The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978)

by Katherine Paterson

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In my opinion this is a fantastic book! This book was amazing. It gave great examples of growing up and realizing what you have before it’s gone. The reason I really liked this book was because of the language. The language is very descriptive and clear, especially when Gilly is talking. It’s fun to read the book because of the way she talks. For example, Gilly says, “Then why the hell you think I’m going to watch some retard show like that?” She is very blunt and says exactly what she’s thinking. But who could blame her when she’s been through so much. This shows that the author wanted her to have a tough image since she has been through a lot. Another reason why I liked this book was because of the characters. I really liked Gilly, she was interesting to read and her character just seemed so real to me. A child her age acting out the way she does isn’t out of the ordinary, and some of the story was really upsetting, but I really like her character because she’s real. For example, “The word “mother” triggered something deep in her stomach.” This is what I mean by her being real. Even though she puts in this act of a tough kid, she’s still upset when it comes to her mother. Most children are like this when it comes to their parents. ( )
  mwolf11 | Feb 27, 2017 |
Genre- realistic fiction
Age- Intermediate, Middle school
Summary- This book is about this girl named Gilly that has been in foster care in and out of homes. She thinks that her mother is going to one day come and get her. Gilly hates all the foster places she is sent to, even the on at Ms. Trotter's. Soon after a while she gets use to the Trotter family and realizes that they all care for her and when they all get sick that family comes together. A while back before she liked it at the Trotters she sent her mom a letter telling her about the living situation she hated. Well soon Gilly's grandmother decided to come get her and Gilly went with her and lived there. Soon to regret it. Her mom Courtney come over for a holiday and it makes Gilly really happy at first but then her mom ends up leaving again and soon Gilly finds out that the only reason her mom came was because her grandmother gave her money. Gilly get really upset and wants to go back to the Trotters but they told her that where she's at with her grandmother is home. She preached to her a little about life.
Critique- I really thought this book was pretty good besides all the sad realities that happen sometimes. It was a shock to hear some of the things this little girl had to deal with and it helps you understand why she acts out the way she did. I think this could be a good booker some students to read because it connects to life on a deep level weather its a shock to you that this stuff happens or weather its something you've gone through and you connect on it in a deep level. I think that if i was a teacher for higher grade levels this book would be in my class room.
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  alopez19 | Feb 26, 2017 |
Tough foster kid Gilly is not interested in making friends when she is placed in a new home. All she wants, all she's wanted her whole life, is for her mother to come for her -- or for her, Gilly, to find some way of getting to her mother. Will Gilly find a way to make her dreams come true -- or will foster mother Mamie Trotter be able to win Gilly over to a different idea of family?

I had read this before, but it's been at least ten years. This time, I listened to the audiobook. I had forgotten that this book is, in its own way, nearly as emotionally evocative as Bridge to Terabithia. Gilly is a complex and initially unlikable character, judgmental and racist, and her development over the course of the story is impressive. ( )
  foggidawn | Oct 14, 2016 |
Calling Gilly Hopkins a hand-full would be an understatement to say the least. Gilly is a foster child and when she is placed in her new foster home, she can't believe what she's faced with. She, the Great Gilly Hopkins, is expected to deal with a moronic foster mom, a strange foster brother, and a blind, black guy from next door. At first, Gilly can't wait for the day her birth mother learns of the horrors she's facing and comes to rescue here. After a while, Gilly finds herself attached to the odd little family she's landed with. In this story about growing up, realizing the things you have, and understanding the facts of life, readers watch as Gilly grows from an angry foster child to a loving little girl. ( )
  tmoore3 | May 3, 2016 |
The Great Gilly Hopkins is a really great book. I love that you can clearly see the development of Gilly throughout the book. She transforms from an angry, stubborn, malicious child to a child who is very kind and caring. I also thought it was great because it not only highlights the troubles that foster kids face, but it also shows Gilly’s change of heart when she realizes Mrs. Trotter is the has become the mother she never realized she needed. The ending of the book is not like most that end with a happily ever after, it is more realistic because unfortunately Gilly does not get what she wants. The message I got from this story was that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover—in this case, you shouldn’t judge a person before getting to know them. I think that this book would be considered a contemporary realistic fiction book because situations like the ones in this book can very well happen. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a very emotional read and really pulls at the reader’s emotions. ( )
  Morgan.McDaniel | Mar 22, 2016 |
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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," said Miss Ellis with a shake of her long blonde hair toward the passenger in the back seat.
Then she printed on the front of the card: They're saying "Black is Beautiful" but the best that I can figger is everyone whose saying so looks mightily like and on the inside of the card she wrote: a person with a vested interest in maintaining this point of view.
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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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