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Patricia Reilly Giff (1935–2021)

Author of Pictures of Hollis Woods

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About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1935. She knew she wanted to be a writer, even as a little girl. She received a Bachelor's of Arts in Education from Marymount College, a Master's of Arts from St. John's University, and a Professional Diploma in Reading and a show more Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra University. After she graduated from college, she taught in the public schools in New York City until 1960 and then in the public schools in Elmont, New York from 1964 until 1971. She then became a reading consultant before finally, at the age of 40, deciding to write a book. She also worked as an educational consultant for Dell Yearling and Young Yearling Books and as an advisor and instructor to aspiring writers. She is the author of more than 60 children's books, as well as a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers. Together with her husband, Giff opened "The Dinosaur's Paw," a children's bookstore named after one of her own stories. She is the author of the Polk Street School books. Lily's Crossing, about the homefront during World War II, was named a Newberry Honor Book by the American Library Association as well as an ALA Notable Book for Children. The novel also won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor. Pictures of Hollis Woods was also named a Newberry Honor Book and Nory Ryan's Song was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Patricia Reilly Giff

Pictures of Hollis Woods (2002) — Author — 4,126 copies
Lily's Crossing (1997) 2,575 copies
Nory Ryan's Song (2000) 1,837 copies
Eleven (2008) 1,394 copies
December Secrets (1984) 1,280 copies
The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room (1984) 1,127 copies
The Candy Corn Contest (1984) 904 copies
Fish Face (1984) 807 copies
Fourth-Grade Celebrity (1979) 596 copies
In the Dinosaur's Paw (1985) 486 copies
A House of Tailors (2004) 455 copies
Wild Girl (2009) 435 copies
Today Was a Terrible Day (1980) 414 copies
Maggie's Door (2003) 413 copies
Willow Run (2005) 410 copies
The Valentine Star (1985) 328 copies
Lazy Lions, Lucky Lambs (1985) 325 copies
Purple Climbing Days (1985) 308 copies
Snaggle Doodles (1985) 302 copies
Water Street (2006) 281 copies
The Gift of the Pirate Queen (1982) 276 copies
The Mystery of the Blue Ring (1987) 265 copies
Say "Cheese" (1830) 250 copies
Sunnyside Up (1986) 249 copies
Kidnap at the Catfish Cafe (1998) 233 copies
All the Way Home (1994) 218 copies
Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat (1656) 217 copies
B-e-s-t Friends (1988) 199 copies
The Riddle of the Red Purse (1987) 181 copies
Watch Out! Man-Eating Snake! (1988) 170 copies
Gingersnap (2013) 170 copies
Storyteller (2010) 154 copies
Watch Out, Ronald Morgan! (1985) 148 copies
Fancy Feet (1988) 147 copies
Beast and the Halloween Horror (1990) — Author — 143 copies
Number One Kid (2010) 137 copies
Monster Rabbit Runs Amuck! (1991) 126 copies
Mary Moon Is Missing (1998) 116 copies
The Girl Who Knew It All (1979) 115 copies
The Clue at the Zoo (1990) 109 copies
R My Name Is Rachel (2011) 107 copies
Ronald Morgan goes to camp (1852) 98 copies
Left-Handed Shortstop (1980) 97 copies
Genevieve's War (2017) 88 copies
Rat Teeth (1984) 87 copies
I Love Saturday (1989) 75 copies
Stacy Says Good-bye (1989) 69 copies
Winter Sky (2014) 67 copies
Shark in School (1994) 67 copies
Jubilee (2016) 56 copies
The Sneaky Snow Fox (2012) 56 copies
A Slip of a Girl (2019) 54 copies
Dance with Rosie (1996) 51 copies
Starring Rosie (1997) 51 copies
Until I Find Julian (1800) 49 copies
Big Whopper (2010) 49 copies
A Glass Slipper for Rosie (1712) 43 copies
Not-So-Perfect Rosie (1997) 41 copies
Rosie's Big City Ballet (1998) 38 copies
Island War (2018) 37 copies
Patti Cake and Her New Doll (2014) 35 copies
Adiós, Anna (1995) 29 copies
Sky High (Zigzag Kids) (2012) 28 copies
Next Year I'll Be Special (1980) 28 copies
Star Time (Zigzag Kids) (2011) 27 copies
Hunter Moran Digs Deep (1656) 27 copies
Bears Beware (2012) 26 copies
It's a Fiesta, Benjamin (1996) 24 copies
Flying Feet (Zigzag Kids) (2011) 23 copies
The Great Shamrock Disaster (1993) 23 copies
Good Luck, Ronald Morgan (1656) 20 copies
Zigzag Zoom (Zigzag Kids) (2013) 20 copies
Say Hola, Sarah (1995) 19 copies
Yankee Doodle Drumsticks (1992) 19 copies
Hunter Moran Hangs Out (2013) 17 copies
Pictures of Hollis Woods [2007 TV movie] (2007) — Author — 12 copies
Good Dog, Bonita (1998) 10 copies
Rex 2 2 copies
Kidnap in San Juan (1984) 2 copies
Fancy Feet 1 copy
Samurai 1 copy
Patch 1 copy
Wild Child 1 copy
Suspect (Skinny Books) (1982) 1 copy

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A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) — Afterword, some editions — 2,662 copies

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This one had me worried all along, but the ending made me cry--in a good way!
 
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robynh16 | 106 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
EducatingParents.org rating: Approved
 
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MamaBearLendingDen | 2 other reviews | Dec 24, 2023 |
Pictures of Hollis Woods is a really sweet story about a girl (the titular Hollis Woods) in the foster care system. We see her relationships in two different families: one being a more traditional nuclear family with a mother, father and brother, and the second being a single older woman who indulges Hollis' love of art despite her growing health problems. We see Hollis torn between two worlds, wanting a family, but also wanting her freedom.

I remember finding this book in a thrift store after watching a movie adaptation of the book, and it's pretty faithful to the source material.… (more)
 
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AuthorSSD | 106 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
Nory Ryan's family has lived on Maidin Bay on the west coast of Ireland for generations, raising a pig and a few chickens, planting potatoes, getting by. Every year Nory's father goes away on a fishing boat and returns with the rent money for the English lord who owns their cottage and fields, the English lord bent upon forcing the Irish from their land so he can tumble the cottages and clear the fields for grazing. Times are never easy on Maidin Bay, but this year, a terrible blight attacks the potatoes. No crop means starvation. Twelve-year-old Nory must summon the courage and ingenuity to find food, to find hope, to find a way to help her family survive.… (more)
 
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