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Gilly Hopkins is a determined-to-be-unpleasant 11-year-old foster kid who the reader can't help but like by the end. Gilly has been in the foster system all her life, and she dreams of getting back to her (as she imagines) wonderful mother. (The mother makes these longings worse by writing the occasional letter.) Gilly is all the more determined to leave after she's placed in a new foster home with a "gross guardian and a freaky kid." But she soon learns about illusions--the hard way. This Newbery Honor Book manages to treat a somewhat grim, and definitely grown-up theme with love and humor, making it a terrific read for a young reader who's ready to learn that "happy" and "ending" don't always go together. (Ages 9 to 12) --Richard Farr

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The Great Gilly Hopkins cannot be tamed!

Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the National Book Award for Children's Literature
ALA Notable Children's Book
Jane Addams Book Award

Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all. She has a reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable, and that's the way she likes it. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters—by far the strangest family yet—she knows it's only a temporary problem.

Gilly decides to put her sharp mind to work and get out of there fast. She's determined to no longer be a foster kid. Before long she's devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come rescue her. But unfortunately, the plan doesn't work out quite as she hoped it would. . . .

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064402010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064402019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katherine Paterson has twice won both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the body of her work. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband, John, in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Visit Katherine Paterson on her web site at

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on June 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Contemporary. Absorbing. Insightful. Reflective. Dramatic. Humorous. These are just a few adjectives that can be heaped on this excellent novel for children. Ms. Paterson has written a book that can stand the test of time with its multiple themes: conflict resolution, facing reality, the universal need by all for security, and to a lesser degree, the inhumanity of man to man. As Gilly may have put it, "This is one damn good book!'
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.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We are class 5T in Holland Elementary School in Holland, Massachusetts. We read The Great Gilly Hopkins for our second literature study book of the year. Our age group is from 10 to 11 years.
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.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Great 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.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on March 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gilly Hopkins, the main character of this book, is an imaginative and manipulative 11-year-old in the trying to control her life in the midst of the foster care system. The story begins with Gilly and her social worker going to meet Gilly's new "family" for the first time. This new family consists of a "mammoth-sized guardian and a freaky kid." As we learn that this will be her third foster home in as many years, we know that we are in for an exciting and tumultuous adventure!
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.
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