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Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
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Dec 26, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: newbery-winner
Read in November, 2010

What a wonderful, wonderful book! This 2003 Newbery Honor winner might be my #1 book of the year!

Hollis Woods received her name from the area in which she was abandoned as an infant.
Hollis Woods received her spunk after years of feeling neglected and unwanted.
Hollis Woods, like most people who learned hard knocks at an early age, built a hard impenetrable wall around her soul.

Shuffled by the system into one house after another, Hollis Woods, simply ran away when she felt it was time to get going.

Hollis Woods is an incredible artist who draws people and her surroundings in order to make sense of an upside down life. At the age of six when her school assignment was to draw a picture of something containing the letter W, Hollis drew a family to represent the word Wish or Want!

Years later when her wish and want came true, she pushed the family away.

This is a book exceedingly well written by an author who knows how to portray the emotions of a child struggling to belong.

Highly recommended

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