Thanking the lords name in vein frequently. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. Hmm. The little girl is very rude, very judge mental etc. I was let down by the ending. It was a fitting end to the novel. 1996 Lots of subtle irony that’s too easy to miss if you’re just getting used to your double digits, I reckon. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. All rights reserved. Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Racial prejudice can be overcome when you get to know someone of that race. The author doesn’t sugar-coat things or give in to sentimentality (except for the little bits that incorporate Wordsworth’s poem “Ode to Immortality”). And 3. Just when you thought that your role as a mother was limited or reduced to cooking and cleaning, this book reminds you just how much kids need mothers and how much they love and value them. Welcome back. It showed a glimmer of hope that she would be Happy then it all went downhill. Paterson beautifully illustrates raw anger with remarkable accuracy. And she is smart. This book was so completely depressing. Gilly beats boys up, terrorizes teachers, drives unsuspecting foster parents to nervous breakdowns. © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates, and over 2 million other books are available for. The boy is described as skinny and somewhat slow. See all 9 questions about The Great Gilly Hopkins…, Best Banned, Censored, and Challenged Books, SOLVED. At first she doesn't think much of her latest foster family - the eccentric, widowed church-goer Maime Trotter (who on earth names their daughter Maime, for heaven's sake?) The message behind it is that love and endurance makes a family, not blood, and hunting down one's birth relatives isn't necessarily a good thing and certainly won't result in a fairytale ending. I'm glad because I didn't have any preconceived ideas going into it. I will try to read more by Katherine Paterson. And 3. Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. What I really like: Paterson never takes the easy way out and it doesn't have a traditional 'happy ending.' What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, 6 formas de usar los medios para que los niños mantengan el español, Wide Open School: recursos para el aprendizaje a distancia, Which Side of History? It is very sad at times but also kind of happy in others too. Price New from Hardcover, Illustrated, Import "Please retry" ₹ 299.00 ₹ 299.00: … Oh, the pain! There’s something bittersweet about Katherine Paterson’s books. Thank you for your support. What is truly ugly is Courtney, over whose beautiful picture Gilly has been yearning all her life. Refresh and try again. The anger of the abandoned, neglected girl is the prevalent tone, with dialogue and monologues peppered with words like “hell”, “goddamn” and “retard” at staccato speed. We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. She hides her mother's picture in her suitcase and longs to be with her. For me. The other characters mostly just shrug, which I found super bizarre for a kids book. I didn't enjoy this book at all! And, afterwards, you’re never really happy. But then social services decide Gilly has to go and live with her grandma Nonnie, whether she likes it or not, and she's not happy about it. Because Nonnie is a rich person who has a big house, and she didn't even know she had a granddaughter until now. Gilly has moved from one foster home to another for years and is tough and angry. It reminds you of the worth of a soul, rich or poor, black or white skinny or large almost everyone has a significant contribution to make to people. She's not a very family-orientated person - she calls her own mother Nonnie, and refers to herself as Courtney rather than Mum when writing to Gilly. I loved Gilly's makeshift family. I cannot begin to tell you how much this book hurts me. I read it with that in mind and found it interesting, entertaining and gripping - even as an adult. Maybe that's why (besides the swear-words). She begins with severe prejudice against African-Americans but grows to love both of the African-American people in her life. This is one of the most depressing books that I have ever read. The story touches on the subject of race as well - Mr Randolph happens to be black, as does one of the teachers at Gilly's new school, Miss Harris; Gilly is a bit racist at first, which is probably due to her upbringing so far - we don't hear much about her previous foster carers - and the 1970s wasn't that long after segregation had ended. Please try your request again later. She hides her mother's picture in her suitcase and longs to be with her. The next few times I tried to read this book, I still hated it and, again, stopped after a few chapters. She was a product of her circumstances, sure, but I felt like that might not be apparent to younger readers, AND no character ever stepped in to say, “Hey, let’s not use the n-word and the r-word,” etc. by Heinemann Educational. Katherine Paterson, a year after writing her classic, "Bridge to Terabithia", once again blew my mind and amazed me with this book. Also calls others names for being over weight, old, religious, african american. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I didn’t really like this. Man, it has been a long time since I have read this.