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.
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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
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