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The Great Gilly Hopkins

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At eleven, Gilly is nobody's real kid. If only she could find her beautiful mother, Courtney, and live with her instead of in the ugly foster home where she has just been placed! How could she, the great Gilly Hopkins, known throughout the county for her brilliance and unmanageability, be expected to tolerate Maime Trotter, the fat, nearly illiterate widow who is now her guardian? Or for that matter, the freaky seven-year-old boy and the shrunken blind black man who are also considered part of the bizarre "family"? Even cool Miss Harris, her teacher, is a shock to her.

Gutsy Gilly is both poignant and comic as, behind her best barracuda smile, she schemes against them and everyone else who tries to be friendly. The reader will cheer for her as she copes with the longings and terrors of always being a foster child.

Katherine Paterson, winner of the 1978 Newbery Medal for Bridge to Terabithia and of the 1977 National Book Award for The Master Puppeteer, again reaches across boundaries with her wit, compassion, and love, and here creates an immensely engaging story about a child's desperate search for a place to call home.

Customer Reviews


I loved this book. The end is surprising but likable how Gilly changed her mind about all that was going on. It would have been better though if Gilly went back to Trotter's house in the end. If you have read the book you know what I mean. I wrote a NOTE at the end of my eBook saying that is most likely that Gilly did go back to Trotter's house. LOLZ.

This book was super funny! I loved it so much and I hope you do too. It made me laugh, it made me cry. One of my favorite books!

This book is SO worth $6.00! But if you don't want to spend that go to the library! They would have it there.

PS- If you play Pocket Legends than ADD ME. My name is Mocney. I'm telling you this cause it would rock to talk about this book with someone. ALSO READ THIS BOOK: The Cat Of Bastes. (I think that's how you spell it.) I love both books! Hope to cya in the Pocket Legends world; BYE.


this is my fave book ever!!! i luv it And would totally rcomend it

A great read and good conversation starter

Part of a summer reading list, it helped broaden my sons book reading. It really showed the other side of a child's behavior, one that is not pretty or sugarcoated. Brings a bit of reality and hope and certainly a point of view as to "why" (my son labeled this as a sad book with a sad ending but it really sparked a good conversation) and that not all kids are bad, just misunderstood.

The Great Gilly Hopkins
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  • $4.99
  • Level: Grades 5 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Oct 06, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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