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The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine…

The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978)

by Katherine Paterson

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This book is for late elementary grades. A girl is put into foster care and takes any chance she can to escape for California, where her birth mother is. After a failed attempt to escape, her grandmother makes her birth mom come and see her. What Gilly didn't know is that her mom was bribed to come see her. Being let down by this, she finds love and a family in the foster family she had being trying to escape from.
  dluby17 | Feb 25, 2015 |
In this realistic fiction book, Galadriel Hopkins (or Gilly), was moving from foster home to foster home because she was a handful. When she reaches her new foster home, she expects to do the same thing. She begins to put up a fight against her new foster mother, Ms. Trotter. When Gilly gets a letter from her birth mother, she decides that she is going steal money from her blind neighbor and Ms. Trotter to help pay for a bus ticket to go live with her mom in California. After getting picked up by the police at the bus station for being a minor traveling alone, she realized how much her foster family actually cared about her. But just when she is figuring that out, her biological grandmother came into her life, and said she would adopt her permanently. Her grandmother is preceding with this adopting, even though Gilly would rather stay with her foster family. At the end, Gilly's birth mom comes to visit, which gets Gilly very excited. That is until Gilly finds out that it is only because her grandmother paid her to come visit. Upon hearing this, Gilly finds a pay phone, and calls Ms. Trotter, and after an emotional phone call, Ms. Trotter tells her to make the best of the situation, so that is what Gilly does.
  BethWal94 | Feb 25, 2015 |
This was a great realistic fiction novel about a gifted student who spends her life in the foster care system from the time she is 3. She is used to being passed around from house to house and so she tries to gain control over the people in her life. She is very gifted and has found that she can get control over the people in her life by suddenly started to fail her school work for no reason. Eventually she finds a foster home with a women and another foster boy whom she starts to actually like. During her first few weeks in this new home Gilly wrote a letter out of anger to her biological mother asking her to come get her. She holds this hope throughout the book that her real mother will come back for her someday. In the end her mother sends her grandmother to come and take her away from this foster home where she has finally found a family. Her illusions of her mother are shattered and Gilly learns to make a new life in her grandmother's home. ( )
  kvelin | Feb 10, 2015 |
I have mixed feelings about the book The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Peterson. I enjoyed the book because of the characters within it. I think that Gilly was easy to relate to like me she has been through some hardships. This was nice seeing in a children’s book when they’re are usually meant to be all happy. She experiences a lot of losses throughout the book. She is constantly moved from place to place and doesn't really have people on her side until she moves in with Mrs. Trotter. One reason I didn't enjoy the book was the mom’s character and ending. The mom was a horrible person who left Gilly and only visited when she was paid too. I felt bad for Gilly because she had such built up dreams about her mother. I also didn't like how this book ended it was kind of disheartening. The main idea of this book is that everything happens for a reason, even if it is not what you had originally planned. It shows a different side rather than a happy ending. ( )
  EmmaBrockwell | Dec 8, 2014 |
I thought Gilly was a great book. It is about a young girl named Gilly ,who is clever, stubborn and smart at first. Her goal and what she really wants with all her heart is to go and live at her mothers house in Virginia. She goes to a new foster mom, at the beginning of the book, named Trotter and her stepson, named William Ernest. Gilly absolutely hates that family at first, but over time she has to live with them and go to school, and she figures out how smart William Ernest can really be and how nice Mrs. Trotter can really be too. Gilly loves trotter and William Ernest so much at the end of the book, that she can't bear to leave them, because her grandmother is coming to take her to her house.( Gilly shows does she does not want to go.) I thought that Gilly ended horribly because she ends up staying with her mother that she really doesn't want to end up with. She misses Mrs. Trotter a lot and she can't believe that her grandmother paid her mom to come. She sends William Ernest lies about her grandmother when she's at her grandmothers house just to make him feel better. I think that shows that she loves him. I think the start of the book and the middle of the book are great and it makes you feel like your Gilly,(and having the hard moments at school or at home.) This book was great about how Gilly changes and I think it is a great book for learning what you can do if you're really angry. ( )
  Karra.MCDS | Nov 12, 2014 |
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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.
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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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