The Great Gilly Hopkins (Hardcover)
|Author: Katherine Paterson|
|Finding herself in the latest and most intolerable of a string of foster homes, an eleven-year-old who prides herself on her cleverness and unmanageability tries gamely to provoke the adults around her *Author: Paterson, Katherine *Publication Date: 1978/03/01 *Number of Pages: 148 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00|
From the Publisher:
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 197 7 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.
Gilly Hopkins had been moved from so many foster homes that she no longer even tries to be nice. Brilliant, arrogant and angry, she is determined not to fit in to her new home--and, of course, she would never love anyone. After all, her mother is going to come for her one day, isn't she? But Gilly hadn't counted on Maime Trotter, her new guardian; Maime's ward, the wimpy seven-year-old William Ernest; old and wizened Mr. Randolph; and even her teacher, the cool Miss Harris, to worm their way into her wounded heart. The 1979 Newbery Honor Book.