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The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978)

by Katherine Paterson

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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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3.5 stars - very sweet and sad. This was another one that I wish had given me just a little more in the ending. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
One of the better books I've read in 2014. The author was quite successful in navigating Gilly through several difficult situations, eventually resulting in her redemption. ( )
  Jeffrey_G | Nov 22, 2022 |
Maybe it’s because I read it when I was sick but this book was amazing. I love the difficulty of the ending. I love how her racism is handled subtly—the anger conversation with the teacher! The pov is excellently handled. She is a complicated, complex character. Is Trotter too perfect? Maybe. Except she is still realistic. And again, the ending. The use of Wordsworth! ( )
  eas7788 | Sep 23, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 27, 2022 |
An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.
  BLTSbraille | Nov 3, 2021 |
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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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Katherine Patersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Berthelius, MarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bresnahan, AlyssaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For Mary
from her real and adopted mother with love
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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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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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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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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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