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The Great Gilly Hopkins - by Katherine Paterson (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 160

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Family

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: HarperCollins

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Orphans & Foster Homes

Author: Katherine Paterson

Language: English

TCIN: 78619735
UPC: 9780690038378
Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-5636

Description

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.

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