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The Great Gilly Hopkins Paperback – April 13, 2004
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As I began to read the selection, I was unnerved somewhat by Gilly's frequent uses of profanity. I thought this be unsuitable in a book intended for children. However, as I progressed, I realized that his provided the reader with an essential character trait of the young lady. From years of being shuffled from one home to another, Gilly had become angry and mistrusting of others. Her language and actions were defense mechanisms she used to cope with her feelings of unworthiness.
I could relate to the child's prejudices because as an African-American, I have been witness to some of the same ignorance possessed by the story's central character. It is admirable of the author to include such thinking for it promotes discussion about how we see each other.
The supporting characters are memorable and well developed. From the kindness of the overweight Maime Trotter to the poetry-reciting blind Mr. Randolph, the "people" in the story are so realistically portrayed that the reader cannot help but have concern for them. Honestly speaking, I almost shed a tear when Gilly had to leave her new "family."
Speaking of Gilly, the young lady changes from an angry child to a loving individual who discovers that life is not always the way it's supposed to be.Read more ›
Gilly Hopkins is about an angry foster child who has a history of moving through many foster homes. She arrives at Maime Trotter's house hating her foster mother. During her stay at Trotter's house, Gilly learns love, self-control, and respect for others.
This is what we liked about the book. We became emotionally touched by Gilly's situation. Some of us cried while we read the book. Gilly was an interesting character because she changed from having hostile feelings for others to being a loving person. Some of us thought the author used vivid vocabulary that made Gilly seem real and interesting.
There are a few things we did not like about the book. Some of us thought the ending was sad. Gilly uses a lot of swears, and some of us didn't approve of that. There wasn't a lot of action in the story. People who like adventure stories might not like Gilly Hopkins.
The main character Gilly Hopkins is a self centered unloved 6th grader. In less than 3 years, she's been moved to 3 foster homes. When she meets her new foster family, which consists of a fat lady, named Trotter, a punny retarded 7-year-old William Ernest and a blind black old man Randolph. She tries lots of things to get away from them and the old run down house. She even steals, cleans and gives William Ernest reading lessons. She does all that hard work just to get caught. The one-day she gets taken away to live with her grandma and then she realizes how much she loves and misses her foster Family. Then she meets her real mom and finds out she doesn't love her. Next she figures out that the Trotters love her and she loves them.
I thought it was great how Gilly changed so much and how she learned it was okay to be loved and love. I really enjoyed when she was teaching William Ernest how to fight and stand up for himself and I need to learn how to stand up for myself. I thought it was a wonderful book with lots of detail and feelings that a kid might feel in their everyday life.
Gilly's initial reaction to her new setting is that it is dark, cramped and filthy. Inside this home is where the majority of the book takes place, as they dine nightly with the old and blind man next door and where she concocts the drama behind her escapades.
Written in a limited point of view, the reader is given insight into understanding the mechanisms this child has adopted in order to adapt to her environment. She creatively gets the attention of her teacher, uses a classmate to her very best advantage, and uses loads of intimidation to control another foster child in the home. The plot is one of the individual (Gilly) against society (in this case the foster care system), and we receive creative insight into the workings of such a complicated system in our society.
Gilly's main goal is to escape her current situation, dreaming of the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow. She eventually gets her long awaited wish, only to be disappointed again by life. Gilly is eventually able to bond, in a unique sort of fashion, with the "misfits" whom she was thrust into a relationship with. She is able to care for them when they are sick, and form her own important place in the family structure.Read more ›
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Was really wanting CD But the tapes will do for now. In good condition.Published 2 months ago by Ronda K. Raifsnider
Read this great book aloud to my fifth grader. We were proudly moved by it. Beautifully told, tragic and truthful story.Published 3 months ago by L. Jeffrey Zeldman
Gilly Hopkins is a rude, crude habitual liar, who is also a very broken little girl from being rejected by her mother at age 3 and then moved from one foster home to another for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather E. Hejduk
This was a really good book. It was for a reading project but I have to post some commentary on this book. Besides, it would be unlikely to. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mario man
A childhood favorite, and the Kindle version has no errors to speak of.Published 5 months ago by Lisa D
Grand-daughter has this book to read on the honors program at school. Loved the story. Will donate to the school libraryPublished 5 months ago by Linda Tingen
After reading a blog on why this book shouldn't be read aloud to students, I read it with the intention to decide for myself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeannie