In three years, 11-year-old Gilly Hopkins has been in three foster homes and has perfected the art of driving people crazy, especially those responsible for her. Gilly waits for the day when her beautiful mother returns. Then her world will make sense again. But meanwhile, Gilly is on her way to home number four. There, she is welcomed by the enormous Mrs. Trotter and tiny, silent William Ernest. Despite her best attempts to turn their cluttered, forgiving household upside down, Gilly slowly begins to care for them. The Great Gilly Hopkins is a Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and winner of the National Book Award for Children's Literature. It won the Christopher Medal, and has been chosen as one of the "Best of the Best" Children's Books. Written by Katherine Paterson, it takes its place among her many critically acclaimed stories, including Bridge to Terabithia, which was awarded the Newbery Medal.
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by Katherine Paterson
"A kid with an attitude and a wad of gum too big to ignore, Giladreal Hopkins has been worn down by life, by a mother who abandoned her, by four foster homes that didn't work out. Alyssa Bresnahan captures Gilly's sharp-edged dialogue with the ideal measure of disdain. Descriptive text is read deliberately, with internal pauses for emphasis and hard end stops to reflect Gilly's contempt for a world that has failed her. Sweet-voiced Mamie Trotter, Gilly's enormous end-of-the-line stepmother, is unwavering in her sincerity while Mr. Randolph, the blind neighbor, speaks with the exaggerated drawl of a fine Southern gentleman. Not to be missed, Bresnahan's reading of this Newbery Honor book and National Book Award winner adds a rich dimension to Gilly's story. T.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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