Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Patterson; HarperTrophy 1978

Summary: Gilly is a tough kid. She wants top destroy everyone of her foster mothers so she can be reunited with her real mother. She meets her match with Mrs. Trotter, an uneducated overweight woman who only offers love to her foster kids. Will Gilly be able to be united with her real mother?

My Review: I truly enjoyed this short novel. Gilly Hopkins is one smart troubled girl. To watch her lash out with anger due to her past, makes this a sympathetic story. It is so sad to watch her struggle to deal with her situation in a foster home. I grew to love Gilly so much for her brilliant mind and actions. But knowing the pain that drives her behavior makes this such a touching and sad story. I must admit I was disappointed in the ending though, but I understood why it ended that way. So I guess you'll just have to read it to find out why.

Things to Watch Out For: Mild Language, bullying,rebellion, racism, and defiance of authority.

3 comments:

  1. this is an excellent story, it is touching, and a truly new experience to know what it feels like to never meet your real mother. To feel, and understand what she is going this is a truly amazing story i will never forget through, being as young as she is truly extraordinary and the ending is ok, but the author sorta leaves you wondering, i really wish there was a second story.

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  2. i like the book im am reading it in my 6th grade class and she seems like a nice girl in the inside....because you got to really think about how can she be nice to everyone and shes been going bake to bake from home to home.....? and a agree with person ahead of me i wish it was a second story also :(

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  3. good book, but i don't really like the ending. :(

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