The Great Gilly Hopkins Author:Katherine Paterson Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all. She has a county-wide reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters -- by far the strangest family yet -- Gilly decides to put her sharp mind to work. Before long she'... more »s devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come rescue her. But the rescue doesn't work out, and the great Gilly Hopkins is left thinking that maybe life with the Trotters wasn't so bad ...« less
Trophy Newbery; Winner of the National Book Award for Children's Literature; Book has won many awards.
This perceptive story draws strength from its finely delineated characters and rich, moving narrative.
Although written over 30 years ago, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS will still be a cute read for the avid young reader, despite the fact that some aspects of the book, particularly the racist element, may be dated. Gilly is fiercely determined to hold on to her gruffness, which may delight young girls who love their anti-heroines. And yet she has a definite soft side, even though she may not want to admit it. I chuckled as Gillys attempts to stay cold and detached often backfired on her. Gilly comes from a time when racism is still latent, and so some of her reactions to people may be a little uncomfortable for us. Still, its important to note that the book itself isnt a racist book, and that over the course of the book Gilly grows. I have other juvenile fiction contemporary favorites out there, but this one isnt so bad.
I read this book years ago and loved it. Anyone thinking about getting into Foster Care or adopting an older child should like reading this book. Also a good book for teens to read to better understand peers who are foster children.