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Paterson, Katherine
Santa Barbara : ABC-Clio, 1987.
IL 5-8 RL 4.9
ISBN 0064402010
Booktalk #1

Gilly gets another foster home in a large dusty house. William Ernest is a little boy who is as shy as Gilly is bold. Gilly waits and waits for her rescue by her mother but when the day arrives, Gilly is not sure where her loyalties lie.

Booktalk #2

This book is about an eleven-year-old girl whose name is Galadreal Hopkins.  Most people call her Gilly. Her mother lives in California and she doesn’t know her dad. Gilly doesn’t want to live anywhere but only with her real mother. Gilly plans to keep moving out of foster homes so much so they will get sick of her and send her back to her real mother. In the past three years she has been in three different foster homes. This will be her fourth one. While she’s in her fourth foster home she earns money for babysitting her new little brother and for reading aloud to them after supper. If she keeps saving up she might have enough to take a train or a bus to California to get to her mom. But the only things holding her back is…  How will she save enough money? How will she find where her mother lives?
And what will her foster parents think of that? Read The Great Gilly Hopkins to find out what happens in the end.  (Harmony B., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     Foster home care -- Fiction


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