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Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
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Aug 05, 12

Read in January, 2011

I can understand why this book has won numerous awards now that I've read it. It's simply a beautiful story.

Hollis Woods, abandoned at birth, has grown up in more foster homes than she can count. She's a troubled child who runs away at the first opportunity. The story really begins when she is sent to live with a retired art teacher, Josie Cahill. Hollis is something of an artist herself, and due to Josie's relaxed, easygoing nature, Hollis soon decides she'll stay with Josie. Before long, however, she encounters a problem. Josie is forgetful...very forgetful. When Josie's memory problems are discovered, Hollis realizes she will be taken from her home. She decides to do whatever it takes to stay with Josie and care for her.

The story is told through a series of pictures, flashbacks to a family who loved Hollis and offered to adopt her, and present-time narration. The result is not a bit confusing, but an engaging, well-rounded portrait of Hollis Woods and her circumstances. The ending is beautifully written and very satisfying. During the book, I laughed and cried. It's a book you'll definitely want your children to read, as it's a touching story of what truly makes a family.
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