She even starts to kind of like the annoying Agnes who follows her around. Hmm. The other characters mostly just shrug, which I found super bizarre for a kids book.

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I said it was tough.

Well. I read it to see whether it would suit my grand-daughter age 10. Suggest an update to this review. Gilly is one tough kid.

Touching story about a foster child and how important that humans not be just disposable.

But I suppose those with a strong-stomach. This book was recommended to me by a former teacher as a great example of writing for this age group. Readers will be satisfied with the ending, as Gilly resolves her issues and learns to love and be loved.

Gilly is in the foster care system and she feels you have to be tough to survive life; you can't need anyone's help. What is truly ugly is Courtney, over whose beautiful picture Gilly has been yearning all her life. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.

This book is juvenile fiction and you should, I liked this book for 3 reasons. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. This is also a revisit due to a class requirement.

Fresh and inventive writing keeps readers engrossed, making this a great choice for reluctant readers.

I'm glad because I didn't have any preconceived ideas going into it. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. The anger of the abandoned, neglected girl is the prevalent tone, with dialogue and monologues peppered with words like “hell”, “goddamn” and “retard” at staccato speed.

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At first I couldn't stand this little girl. She's not a very family-orientated person - she calls her own mother Nonnie, and refers to herself as Courtney rather than Mum when writing to Gilly. Unable to add item to Wish List. Mrs. Trotter knows kids, and she knows how to handle Gilly. Gilly was downright awful, and while I thought it would be kind of a charming reverse-Pollyanna situation, the ratio of horrible Gilly to redeemed Gilly was way, way off. The story touches on the subject of race as well - Mr Randolph happens to be black, as does one of the teachers at Gilly's new school, Miss Harris; Gilly is a bit racist at first, which is probably due to her upbringing so far - we don't hear much about her previous foster carers - and the 1970s wasn't that long after segregation had ended. How does Gilly try to protect herself from disappointment? Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. What other books have you read that feature spunky, strong-willed girls?

Says hell and damn quite a bit. Boys may not find the female protagonist appealing (though she's a pretty tough & streetwise character for the time period it was written in.) Even the worst-behaving kid can be transformed by love. Gilly beats boys up, sends a racial taunt to her teacher. I didn’t really like this.

The author doesn’t sugar-coat things or give in to sentimentality (except for the little bits that incorporate Wordsworth’s poem “Ode to Immortality”). She is already known as “Gruesome Gilly” throughout the foster care system. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in.

She begins with severe prejudice against African-Americans but grows to love both of the African-American people in her life. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. Because Nonnie is a rich person who has a big house, and she didn't even know she had a granddaughter until now. In conclusion, I wouldn’t give this to a kid unless it was stapled to an adult who could tease out the critical thinking it takes for this to not be a book largely about glamorizing being a total shit. She uses a lot of bad language (no f-bombs; this is a kid's book), but by the end of the book, the ugliness isn't Gilly's vocabulary or the blind old man next door or her hugely obese, sloppy, and loving foster mother. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. There are things to be happy about in the end - Gilly has grown up and she learns to accept some emotional attachments.

Preloaded Digital Audio Player, Unabridged, Import. They weren't what she envisioned but they give her the love and support she was desperately craving. Prime members enjoy unlimited free, fast delivery on eligible items, video streaming, ad-free music, exclusive access to deals & more.
This story was much deeper than I had expected and I know several students who could relate to the themes explored in this book. What I really like: Paterson never takes the easy way out and it doesn't have a traditional 'happy ending.' How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, Participate in DigCit Week with your kid by using curated activities from Wide Open School, Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance, Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning. Start by marking “The Great Gilly Hopkins” as Want to Read: Error rating book. We won't share this comment without your permission.

She has a photograph of her supposedly beautiful biological mother Courtney, and gets the occasional postcard from her; she likes to think that one day her beautiful, loving mother will come and get her, they will be a family and live happily ever after. There’s something bittersweet about Katherine Paterson’s books. She seems like a bit of a mean, angry hoyden, but it's simply a wall she puts up. Gilly's intent on being unpleasant -- she beats up boys and terrorizes her teachers and a series of foster parents -- will appeal to kids beginning to rebel against authority.

She hides her mother's picture in her suitcase and longs to be with her.

Man, it has been a long time since I have read this. I have yet to be disappointed. The star rating reflects overall quality.

But the heartwarming bit is that she keeps in touch with them all ☺ I imagine this book to be relatable for those who are/have been adopted or in foster care long-term. The message behind it is that love and endurance makes a family, not blood, and hunting down one's birth relatives isn't necessarily a good thing and certainly won't result in a fairytale ending. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. I have used it every year since, and it gets better with each reading.

There is also racism (Gilly is loathe to touch the hand of an African-American neighbour, and she makes a racist “joke” card for her teacher). Racial prejudice can be overcome when you get to know someone of that race.
She was a product of her circumstances, sure, but I felt like that might not be apparent to younger readers, AND no character ever stepped in to say, “Hey, let’s not use the n-word and the r-word,” etc. 1. There are books, written decades ago, that are so good you wonder how it is possible you haven’t read them sooner. It seems to be typical of Katherine Paterson and if you like Bridge to Terabithia you will like this, and vice versa. Please try your request again later.

Really looking forward to finding out! Her situation may be somewhat unusual, but the feelings that Gilly has can be understood by anyone, and these feelings are available in both abundance and quality to the reader.

I am a fifth grade teacher, and read this book while teaching from it to one of my reading groups. I've not passed it on yet as I am unsure. That leaves you feeling strange. The pain!

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Gilly was not a likeable main character but as all educators know, children who need the most love ask for it in the most unloving ways.


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