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 the next 8 years. When Gilly ends up with a new foster mother, Trotter, she is determined to cause trouble and reject Trotter before Trotter can reject her. Except Trotter doesn’t reject Gilly. Instead, she loves her. Unfortunately, a letter written by Gilly containing lies about her new foster home sets into motion something Gilly can’t control or stop no matter how much she loves Trotter back.
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson is a very sweet story of a child learning to break down the walls she built up to protect herself. It doesn’t have a happy ending, but the ending is real. Actions have consequences and life is not always tied up with a pretty bow. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to late elementary/early middle school age kids and adults as well.
5 (out of 5) Stars
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