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Pictures of Hollis Woods [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Reilly Giff
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Book Description

Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans, the one family who offers her a home.

When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they’ll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won’t let anyone separate them. She’s escaped the system before; this time, she plans to take Josie with her.

Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she’ll never forget.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Giff (Lily s Crossing; All the Way Home) again introduces a carefully delineated and sympathetic heroine in this quiet contemporary novel. Artistically talented Hollis Woods, age 12, has made a habit of running away from foster homes, but she s found a place on Long Island where she wants to stay for a while. She immediately bonds with Josie, her new guardian, who is a slightly eccentric, retired art teacher. Yet Hollis is far from content. She worries about Josie s increasing forgetfulness, and she sorely misses her last foster family, the Regans, whom she left under tense circumstances that are only gradually made clear. Giff intersperses tender scenes demonstrating Hollis s growing affection for Josie with memories of the Regans, whose images Hollis preserves in her sketchbook. Pictures of motherly Izzy Regan, her architect husband and their mischievous yet compassionate son, Steven, sensitively express the young artist s conception of a perfect family. As readers become intimately acquainted with Hollis, they will come to understand her fears, regrets and longings, and will root for her as she pursues her dream of finding a home where she belongs. Ages 8-13.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-Patricia Giff's wonderful novel (Random, 2002) receives marvelous narration in this very successful recording. Twelve-year-old Hollis Woods, a longtime participant in the foster care system, is sent to live with Josie Cahill. Josie is a glamorous, elderly woman who has been successful in reaching difficult children. Prickly Hollis slowly warms to Josie's charm and becomes protective of the older woman who is exhibiting signs of senility. Alternate chapters reveal Hollis's previous living arrangement in a series off flashbacks. Giff skillfully builds the suspense over how Hollis feels she doomed her relationship with the loving Regan family. Now, Hollis knows that if the social workers find out that Josie is losing her memory, they will send Hollis to another family, leaving Josie without a caretaker. Hollis decides to run away with Josie and heads toward the Regan's summer house. There, both plot lines culminate, leaving Hollis wiser, happier, and finally belonging to the family of which she has always dreamed. Hope Davis does a superb job narrating the story, using subtle vocal intonations to differentiate between the unusually well-drawn characters. She gives Josie a frail but lively portrayal, while Hollis is by turns sullen, defiant, and filled with guilt. As Hollis lets down her self-protective walls, Davis injects her voice with a new quality, helping listeners grow even more fond of the character. It helps that Giff is such a visual writer, using art as a theme through the artistic qualities of Hollis, Josie, and several other characters. This is a recording not to be missed.
B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (December 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Character August 29, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Pictures of Hollis Woods is the very moving story of an abandoned girl who has difficulty fitting into foster homes and is constantly getting in trouble for running away. What we get in this novel are two narratives: one in the present as Hollis tries to fit in with Josie, an older woman slowing succumbing to dementia; and one in the form of flashbacks told through description of pictures Hollis has drawn which tells the story of the previous summer when Hollis thought she had finally found a home. Slowly, these two stories are drawn together as Hollis tries to protect herself and Josie as well as come to terms with the events of the previous summer.
All in all, Ms. Giff has written a wonderful novel. The switching between the two plots in handled well and Hollis is a beautifully drawn character. She is difficult and introverted, but she is an artist and is ultimately able to overcome her defensiveness and become part of a family--even an extended family. I would highly recommend this novel to young and old alike.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Pictures of Hollis Woods is a book about inspiration, hope, and finding out who you are as a person, and what place in this world is meant for you.

Hollis Woods is a kind, caring, and artistic eleven year old orphan who is trying to figure out who she is. At the same time, Hollis is trying to find a stable family, maybe a family who she can picture growing up with.

This book takes place in a house in Upstate, New York, in the woods and countryside, in the 1980's. It also takes place in Long Island, New York at a small house in the suburbs. Hollis has been in and out of many foster homes, and finally finds a family that wants to take her in and have her become their daughter and sister. Without hesitation, Hollis agrees. Later in the story, a tragic event happens, leaving Hollis scared and unsure of what she wants and what to do next. As a result she decides she wants out of her new family, the Regan's, and she runs away. After running away, the social workers find her, and relocate her to live with an elderly woman named Josie. From the very first friendly hug Josie gave Hollis, Hollis knew she would love living with Josie. They have a grand time living together until a problem occurs, leaving Hollis with no other choice but to run away and take Josie with her. But what happens when social workers and Hollis' past catch up to her? Find out by reading this book.

This book is an easy but touching read. The first twenty pages are slow, but it soon speeds up. This book is slightly confusing at first, because every chapter alternates, from present to past, using Hollis' flashbacks. A word of advice to people who are going to read this book: Notice that the writing in italics are her flashbacks, and the regular print is the present. Parts of this book are slightly cheesy and unrealistic, but all in all, this is a very moving book, and I would recommend it to anyone in search of a short, well done, and touching read.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richie's Picks: PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS October 3, 2002
Format:Library Binding
"This picture has a dollop of peanut butter on one edge, a smear of grape jelly on the other, and an X across the whole thing. I cut it out of a magazine for homework when I was six years old. 'Look for words that begin with W,' my teacher, Mrs. Evans, had said.
"She was the one who marked in the X, spoiling my picture. She pointed. ' This is a picture of a family, Hollis. A mother, M, a father, F, a brother, B, a sister, S. They're standing in front of their house, H. I don't see one W word here, young lady.'
"I opened my mouth to say: How about W for wish, or W for want, or W for 'Wouldn't it be loverly,' like the song the music teacher had taught us?
"But Mrs. Evans was at the next table by that time, shushing me over her shoulder."
PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS is one of this year's most beautiful and most well-crafted tales. With the piles of new books I have waiting for me to read, it is rare for me to read a book twice, no less twice in successive days. But that's how strongly this one has affected me.
"...'Drawing is what you see of the world, truly see.'
" 'Yes, maybe,' I said, not sure what she meant.
" 'And sometimes what you see is so deep in your head you're not even sure of what you're seeing. But when it's down there on paper, and you look at it, really look, you'll see the way things are...' "
Hollis Woods is an artistic foster child whose troubled past has been marked by a succession of stops:
"There was the green house where the door didn't quite close; the wind blew in and up the stairs, rattling the window panes. The white house: crumbs on the table, kids fighting over a bag of Wonder bread. The yellow house: sooty, a long-haired woman with braids, no rugs on the stairs, the loud sound of feet going up and down...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful,heartwarming,tearjerking,book!! January 19, 2005
A Kid's Review
Picutures of Hollis Woods is a heart warming book. It is sad at some points, but very funny at others! This book is about Hollis Woods, a 12 year old orphan. Hollis has been to a number of foster homes,ever since she was abanded at Hollis Woods, the town. When she finally finds a family(the Reagens)that loves her, and she loves them too, a tragic accident happeneds,that causes Hollis to run away. Now she thinks that her finding a family like the Reagens is hopeless, but then she goes to Josie's house.Josie is a elder lady that is losing her memory,her and Hollis are alot alike. For example Hollies is a wonderful artist, and Josie is a retired art teacher, but there are alot of problems also, like Josie doesn't make Hollis go to school, and lots of other reasons for Hollis to be taken away. So one day Hollis decides that it isn' t safe and the social worker is going to take Hollis soon. What should she do? Can she ever go back to the Reagens? Read this book to find out! It won't be a waste of time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollis
This book is amazing I would recommend to all young adults. It is heart warming and always wants to make you smile
Published 1 month ago by Scott Gnixon
3.0 out of 5 stars not my type of book.
The way the book is written makes it sound like the book is older than it actually is. Was not interesting.
Published 1 month ago by EIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good book. i enjoyed reading it. realistic situations.
Published 1 month ago by BB
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
It has a happy ending with a great story!!! Hollis woods and fosters but ends up having a family who feat mor to
Published 1 month ago by Hanna Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful read. Gave to other members of my family to read and they really enjoyed it also.
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
BEACAUSE in my daughters school they only let her to read 1 book at a time and you have to have another book after you finish the book you are reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lila p
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story for all ages
I read this book to see what a young friend of mine was learning in school. It reminded me of how many beautiful stories there are for all ages.
Published 2 months ago by Portland reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for all ages.
Wonderful for all ages. Read after seeing the TV movie. Book has more depth and feeling. I will be looking into Giff's other books.
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Great book for my 5th grade class. You can use this to meet common core standards.
Published 2 months ago by Nikki Barnett
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Great book for all ages.
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Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books, Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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