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The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
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May 18, 2012

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Life is tough for a kid, but it's got to be even tougher for a foster child, and eleven-year-old Galadriel Hopkins rises to the challenge by becoming as crusty as a rhinoceros to everyone around her. Consequently, she doesn't last long in many foster homes. This doesn't bother her because there's really nothing in Maryland to hold her there. Her driving ambition is to find some way to California to find her mother.

Katherine Paterson is able to guide us through the thought processes of this intelligent, but headstrong, girl as she deals with yet another new home filled with and surrounded by, in Gilly's perception, a most lamentable collection of losers. While we, as the oh-so-mature-and-responsible readers shake our heads at Gilly's approach to life, we also begin to catch glimpses of the girl beneath the rhino skin, and the sorts of things that can actually connect with her heart.

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