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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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  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.
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There are two main reasons why I enjoyed the book The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. First reason being the characters and second reason being the message. The author did a great job developing the characters and making them believable. She did this by using descriptive language and imagery. For example, Gilly is described to be unmanageable, untidy, and simply unkempt, while Maime Trotter is described to be an overweight, loving, foster mother that Gilly isn’t the biggest fan of. Paterson did a great job building the plot and big idea of the story. Throughout the book, readers are taught that blood does not make one family. This is especially relevant at the end of the book when Gilly is taken to her biological grandmother’s house and misses her old foster home. Gilly also overhears a conversation between her mother and grandmother and figures out that her mother is not visiting Gilly because she wants to, but because she was asked to. The message that not all family is blood related will be significant for a lot of readers as many can relate and make connections to the story. ( )
  EmilyBoswell | Mar 7, 2019 |
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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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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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