Something went wrong. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. I would not recommend this for someone younger than ten, in general. Gilly made some racist comments. This was one of the few books I owned as a child (borrowed most of my books from libraries), so that was probably the reason why I read it over and over, even though I never fell in love with it completely.

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Readers will be satisfied with the ending, as Gilly resolves her issues and learns to love and be loved. I rea... Utterly charming tale of Berkeley girl in search of father. And 3. Man, it has been a long time since I have read this.

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If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. 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. She hides her mother's picture in her suitcase and longs to be with her. 2. She intends to destroy every one of her foster mothers so she can live with her mysterious real mother. There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from India, Unlimited FREE fast delivery, video streaming & more.

She even sets about running away to meet her, and even resorts to stealing, but doesn't get far. We get so little informatio. That's how bad the message of this book is! Hmm. Katherine Paterson has created a believable character in Gilly, and readers learn how pain drives the bad behavior of this foster kid. 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. Inspiration for new writer of children's books! It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. I just... can't even begin to understand why such a book was written in the first place. She is already known as “Gruesome Gilly” throughout the foster care system.

I started This book as an audiobook as a family. The transformation and healing that occur when her newest foster mother gives her true unconditional acceptance is believable and not at all trite. Terrible. Nothing to make you happy like doing good on a tough job, now is there?”, “I ain’t got no blood claim on you, and the Lord in Heaven knows I want you to have a good life with your own people. Because Nonnie is a rich person who has a big house, and she didn't even know she had a granddaughter until now. Mrs. Trotter knows kids, and she knows how to handle Gilly. 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. 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. The star rating reflects overall quality. Boys may not find the female protagonist appealing (though she's a pretty tough & streetwise character for the time period it was written in.) It seems to be typical of Katherine Paterson and if you like Bridge to Terabithia you will like this, and vice versa. and timid little waif William Earnest, whom Trotter annoyingly dotes on. This book starts with the main character, (Galadriel Hopkins) riding in a car on her way to a new foster home. Gilly realises just how good she had it back at Trotter's; she, William Ernest and Mr Randolph are the family she never had, as they were all along. Tough tween girl fights to save family in bleak future. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. I will try to read more by Katherine Paterson. I'm glad because I didn't have any preconceived ideas going into it. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2013. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I think maybe better for a young teenager. Please try again. Despite it being a young people's book I really enjoyed The Great Gilly Hopkins. Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899. Lot. Join now.

This is a book with honesty and heart. A sequel would be nice, to see how Gilly/Galadriel fares in her teenage years and early adulthood living with her grandma, if Courtney ever bothers with her and why not, and if she sees her former surrogate family or favourite school contacts again. the book the great gilly hopkins is a great book, “If life is so bad, how come you’re so happy?” “Did I say bad? What other books have you read that feature spunky, strong-willed girls? Even the worst-behaving kid can be transformed by love. Gilly is no angel - she's tough. Thank you for your support. Gilly is the only family Nonnie has now too; her husband and son are both dead, and her daughter buggered off - they were never particularly close, hence why Nonnie only knows of Gilly now. The pain! Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Lots of subtle irony that’s too easy to miss if you’re just getting used to your double digits, I reckon. She is smart and capable and she knows it and she also knows how to use that as a weapon. She hides her mother's picture in her suitcase and longs to be with her. Deep down she yearns for what we all yearn for - to be loved, and to have a permanent family and not be a foster kid anymore.

A great choice for reluctant readers. Wondering if The Great Gilly Hopkins is OK for your kids? But I suppose those with a strong-stomach. The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson Dedication For Mary from her real and adopted mother with love Contents Dedication Welcome to Thompson Park The Man Who Comes to Supper More Unpleasant Surprises “Sarsaparilla to Sorcery” William Ernest and Other Mean Flowers Harassing Miss Harris Dust and Desperation The One-Way Ticket Pow The Visitor The first time I tried to read this book, I hated it and stopped reading after a few chapters. Katherine Paterson (Author) 4.5 out of 5 stars 208 ratings. She wants her mom.

She steals from a blind man, beats up kids, and defies all authority. 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. What I really like: Paterson never takes the easy way out and it doesn't have a traditional 'happy ending.' Parents need to know that Newbery Honor book The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), is the story of a girl who's been in foster care all her life and is fixated on the notion that everything would be better if her mother, who abandoned her, would come back to her. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. I read it with that in mind and found it interesting, entertaining and gripping - even as an adult. But”—her huge bass voice broke up into little squeaky pieces—“but it’s killing me to see you go.”, National Book Award for Children's Literature (1979), Jane Addams Children's Book Award Nominee (1979), Massachusetts Children's Book Award (1981), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (1980), California Young Readers Medal Nominee for Intermediate (1981), William Allen White Children's Book Award (1981), National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books (Paperback) (1980). She begins with severe prejudice against African-Americans but grows to love both of the African-American people in her life. My fourth grader loved it (the one that reads a Harry Potter novel in 6 hours); my six grader couldn't stand it (she's a tough one to get to read--it takes her three weeks to get through a Harry Potter novel and would rather get the movie or the book on tape. [ Hated the book the first time I read it, and just couldn't understand why she was so mean, and why she would do horrible things like stealing bills from a blind man who was kind to her, be angry and defensive to her new foster mother, treat her new foster brother so badly, etc. Brash foster-kid tale a great choice for reluctant readers.

[s], Ashley Poston on Writing a Different Kind of Fairy Tale Retelling. I've not passed it on yet as I am unsure. Get your hankies ready and be prepared to tackle real-life issues if you read this with your child. Gilly has moved from one foster home to another for years and is tough and angry. 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. See search results for this author. What is truly ugly is Courtney, over whose beautiful picture Gilly has been yearning all her life. Parents need to know that Newbery Honor book The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), is the story of a girl who's been in foster care all her life and is fixated on the notion that everything would be better if her mother, who abandoned her, would come back to her. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. She sees Miss Harris as a fake, so tries to get into her head somehow by making her a provocative card, which she takes surprisingly well and they find they are alike in some ways. This is a really touching children's story that I think maybe adults can enjoy a bit too. This book has the same general premise as Anne of Green Gables, minus the humor, beautiful scenery, and a main character who is likeable and grows through her mistakes.

Difficult words for a kid to read by herself, I found the language not easy for a child. I understand why Paterson chose it, it's just not the ending most read. I didn’t really like this. Gilly beats boys up, terrorizes teachers, drives unsuspecting foster parents to nervous breakdowns. My fourth grader loved it (the one that reads a Harry Potter novel in 6 hours); my six grader couldn't stand it (she's a tough one to get to read--it takes her three weeks to get through a Harry Potter novel and, Good middle grade novel--its character driven, so for reluctant readers, you might have a struggle getting them into it. 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. Start by marking “The Great Gilly Hopkins” as Want to Read: Error rating book. And it's her current foster mother Mrs Trotter who comes to pick up the pieces - she is all the mother Gilly needs but she doesn't see it yet. Why are Gilly's expectations for her mother so high? We won't share this comment without your permission. Paterson beautifully illustrates raw anger with remarkable accuracy. Price New from Hardcover, Illustrated, Import "Please retry" ₹ 299.00 ₹ 299.00: … 2020 Popsugar Challenge-Read a banned book during Banned Books Week. At first she doesn't think much of her latest foster family - the eccentric, widowed church-goer Maime Trotter (who on earth names their daughter Maime, for heaven's sake?) 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.

The little girl is very rude, very judge mental etc. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. I cannot begin to tell you how much this book hurts me. Gilly is a hard headed little brat focused on making things difficult for people around her but she soon realizes that life is actually hard, and what you want, may not be what you really need. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. I didn’t really like this. Oh, the pain!