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 intensely. She has a county-wide reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable. — So when she's sent to live the the Trotters--by far the strangest family yet-Gilly decides to put her brilliant mind to work. Befor... more »e long she's devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come "rescue" her.
But the rescue doesn't work out quite the way she planned. And when the time comes for her to go, the great Gilly Hopkins is left thinking that maybe life with the Trotters wasn't so bad after all...« less
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.