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Pictures of Hollis Woods (2002)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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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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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
I picked this one up at a local used book store for less than $2. I hadn't watched the movie, though I do plan to now, and was curious as to how they made a film from such a short book (probably a one day read or shorter.) I was completely surprised by how much emotion and substance the author has packed into what appears at first glance to be a pre-teen book. It definitely still qualifies as being for teens, even young teens, but is an excellent book for any age. The story follows an orphan, Hollis Woods, as she moves into a new foster home under the care of an eccentric artist who is quickly becoming lost in the effects of dementia. Hollis frequently looks back on her past experiences in foster homes, many of which she ran away from, including the only foster family where she felt like she belonged. I loved her care and loyalty to Josie Cahill. I think it shows that even those children the system deems as troubled and perhaps not worth their time, are really just lost children needing to find their place of belonging. This is one book I'm so glad I picked up. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
A great story! ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Oct 27, 2019 |
A realistic fiction novel about a 12 year old girl who has lived in numerous foster homes. She has recently been placed in a home where she could be at home, but she runs away to rescue an elderly artist that is becoming more and more forgetful. As Hollis wrestles with her past, present, and future, she makes many discoveries along the way and finds a talent that helps her remember as she moves forward. A Newbery Honor Book. ( )
  R180Lisa | Feb 23, 2019 |
I have not read this book, but it seems like a good book to introduce to students who come from broken households or difficult childhoods.
  KKoos | Dec 7, 2018 |
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Voor Alice Tiernan, die vaak in de Delaware-rivier gaat vissen;
en voor Bill Reilly, die altijd met haar meegaat.
For Alice Tiernan, who fishes in the Delaware River. And for Bill Reilly, who fishes with her
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This picture has a dollop of peanut butter on one edge, a smear of grape jelly on the other, and X across the whole thing.
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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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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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