The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins

by Katherine Paterson
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Galadriel Hopkins ("Gilly" to the plebs she is forced to mix with in foster care) is not known for being cute or cuddly. Instead, she is the girl with the harsh words, mean attitude and, most recently, the really big bubble of gum that blew up in her face. Gilly is not the girl any foster parent in their right mind would want to adopt. Which is just fine with Gilly because she already has a mother. A real mother. A movie star beautiful mother named Courtney Rutherford Hopkins who misses her and wishes they could be together. For Gilly, that's enough. Knowing that somewhere Courtney is wishing for her daughter as badly as Gilly is wishing for her mother can get Gilly through anything. At least, it could before she arrived at Mrs. Trotter's front door. Everything about this foster home is wrong. Trotter is fat and ugly. William Ernest, the other foster child, isn't too quick on the uptake. And (gasp) a wrinkled, old black man lives next door. Trotter and her band of misfits might be more bizarre than Gilly could ever imagine. But could they also be just what she needs? It's enough to make Gilly hatch an escape plan (or three) in The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978) by Katherine Paterson. First things first: The Great Gilly Hopkins was the 1979 Newbery Honor book (The Westing Game won the gold that year). It made it to #55 in Betsy Bird's Top 100 Children's Novels poll. I haven't been following the poll too closely because the posts overwhelm me, but the segment about Gilly is necessarily relevant to this review. Katherine Paterson herself was also just recently appointed National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. In other words, everything about this book is a big deal. Personally, I had very mixed feelings about The Great Gilly Hopkins (although I'm finding that to be true about a lot of children's classics lately). On the one hand I wanted very badly to be on Gilly's side and pull for her as an abandoned child that really needs someone to love her in her own right, not as a temporary commodity. On the other hand, Gilly works so hard at pushing people away that, at a certain point, it becomes hard to care too much or cheer too loudly for this girl who is all hard edges and anger. This next part is going to have spoilers because just about everyone in the entire world has already read this book: Paterson does a great job creating Gilly as a character she is fully developed even though she is loathe to tell readers everything about her less-than-ideal past in the foster system. The book also handles a bold topic: looking at a little girl who is in the foster system not because she is an orphan but because her parent did not want her. The abandonment is extreme and, in the story, becomes palpable even as Gilly clings to the idealized vision she's created for her mother from a photograph and a note. That said, I also had a lot of issues with the book. Gilly is essentially racist at the beginning of the story. She does grow and evolve and move past that, but it's one of those elements that seemed to be added to a book for a wow/edgy factor than for the actual story (in other words, I don't know that Gilly had to be racist to make the book work). It also seems like race wouldn't have been such a hot topic by that time--I might be mistaken though since I wasn't actually alive in 1978. The adults in the novel also bothered me. A lot. If the grandmother cared so much about Gilly why was she
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5th grd...Haha great book to read together :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book 4 school and i really didnt enjoy it. Gilly is rude and uses bad language, the characters are boring, and the story was just really lacking something essential to make it an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This okay book is about a girl named Gilly Hopkins. This novel has some strong language so I recomend do not let younger children read without premisson so keep that in mind if a younger child wants to read this book. Happy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great gilly hopkins was a fun book. It is now one of my all time favorites. The ending turned out a little weird but some are. My favorite character in this book was William Ernest or W.E. in the beginning Gilly thinks he's retarded but he really is smarter than he looks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this book is like totally amazing. I read this book all the time when im bored. It never gets old! Although the book is short it is awsome i defanatly recomend this book. GET IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book really a page turner katherine paterson is a spectacular author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but it did have some problems. There was some bad words. The main character was racist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for school in 4th and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is a awesome book and will recamend it to everybody!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a surprisingly really good book! going from foster home to foster gilly all twisted but it is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is preety good one of the things that rok is the swearing. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book my sixth grade teacher read it to us in language arts. There was some cure words in it and gilly was racist so i wouldnt recommend it for young kids without their parents permission.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time about twenty five years ago. Even though i was young, the theme "what makes a family" still stuck with me. Even though Gilly is a troubled young girl, she realizes that even though she has a biological mom , Trotter was more of a mother to her than she ever had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a delight to read. Gilly is a stubborn and determined six grade girl who is hardened by her life experience. Wanting something and getting it are two different things as shown in this book; Becareful of what you wish for!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gilly Hopkins learns a valuable lesson. 'Don't judge a book by its cover.' And i learned that lesson when i had to read this book. this book might look boring or not interesting, but once you get into the book it is a amazing tale about how gilly goes through life. and how hard it is...and i know some people can relate to that!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
being a adopted child.. i think this book relates alot to my real life.. she doesn't knwo her real mother but trys to work with her families.. she rebells at first btu trualy loves her ' family ' alot and is very upset when she is taken away from them and must live with her reali grandmother and finds out that her reali mother lied in her loving letters and does not want her to come live with her and onli vists her so she will get sent money for her drug habbits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the fifth grade, and it changed my life forever. It opened my eyes, made me more thoughtful. Ten years later, I still pause to think about Gilly. An amazing book for all kids in her stage of life. It's about overcoming one's own quickness to judge others unfairly, and finding goodness and love in the most unexpected places.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book Quick read if you have to read it in 2 days!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book there is a girl named Galadrial Hopkins and she has been in a foster home for long time. She is about to go live with a new family that she dose not like. she said there house was dirty and dusty.When the foster care people tried to talk to her she did not listen.They took her to the Trotter family. Mrs Trotter had there neighbor Mr. Randolf over for dinner every day. Mr.Randolf was blind. Mrs. Trotter also had a son named William Ernast. Gilly grew to like and respect the family. I recommend you read this book so you can find out what else happend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I read this book, I just wanted to read it again. Gilly is a foster child who never stays in one foster home for too long, until she gets stuck with Trotter. She hates her new family and life and she is yearning to meet her real mother. Throughout the book Gilly learns to love and respect her new family, but one day her grandmother comes knocking at the door and her whole life is changed. I recommend this to kids who like reading about family because this book does show you the true meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is ok i am a 5th grader i dont really like 2 read books but this one is the the third book i ever read my 5th grede class likes it thsts y i gave it a 3
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it gives older foster children a story to read that relates to their lives. The story offers realistic views on some of the challenges encountered in foster care. The book also offers hope. -Cynthia Miller Lovell, author of The Star: A story to help young children understand foster care, and Questions & Activities for The Star: A handbook for foster parents
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it allways kept me on my toes and keeped wanting to read more. There was allways a new and exciting thing goin on. This was a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book The Great Gilly Hopkins is great. It is by Katherine Paterson. I enjoyed reading it. That is why I gave It five stars. It is about a froster child named Gilly. She never stays at one froster home for long. She acts big and bad. She gets moved to a new home. Her care giver is Trotter. She has another child named William Earnest. Gilly is trying to get home to her mother in California. She steals money from Mr. randolph and Trotter. When she gets enough money she goes to the ticket station to get a ticket. She has to wait though. While she is waiting the ticket man calls the cops. They take her back to Trotter. Gilly doesn't know what to do. She wants to be with her mother, but she can't find away to do it. I reccomend this book to kids who like books about family. I also would reccomend it to froster kids. They would be able to relate to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 6th grade class in los Angelos,California is reading it and they love love it. LOVE THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!