Pictures of Hollis Woods (Newbery Honor Book)

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 8V4.431319
This Newbery Honor book about a girl who has never known family fighting for her first true home “will leave readers . . . satisfied” (Kirkus Reviews).

Hollis Woods
is the place where a baby was abandoned
is the baby’s name
is an artist
is now a twelve-year-old girl
who’s been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all.

When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they’ll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won’t let anyone separate them. She’s escaped the system before; this time, she’s taking Josie with her. Still, even as she plans her future with Josie, Hollis dreams of the past summer with the Regans, fixing each special moment of her days with them in pictures she’ll never forget.

Patricia Reilly Giff captures the yearning for a place to belong in this warmhearted story, which stresses the importance of artistic vision, creativity, and above all, family.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published on May 19, 2005 by Orchard Books
ISBN-10: 1843625814
ISBN-13: 9781843625810
23 Book Reviews
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  • jenny1214
    jenny1214Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm55 stars
    so scary
    • panda127
      panda127Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm11 star
      I hate this book so far. It is so confusing between the 1 picture then right after that there's the next chapter then so on and so forth. So far I do not recommend this book but at the end my teacher said that it is supposed to be a really good book and it is an award winning or something.....
      • nygiants3896
        nygiants3896Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm11 star
        Read it if you are looking for a boring nonsense book. But it is very heartbreaking about a girl who...
        • rozeb
          rozebThursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm44 stars
          This is such a great book! I really loved it! I liked the part when she snuck into their cabin. I read this book about a year ago so I don't remember the details.
          • squiddy1001
            squiddy1001Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 9:31 am55 stars
            I also read this a while back. I remember it being so touching like a really good book.
            • RockyTheCatFriday, August 23, 2013 at 11:30 am
              I finished this book a few days ago and loved it!
              • puppypuppy
                puppypuppyWednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm55 stars
                I remember reading it a while back and I loved it, it's about a girl name Hollis, a foster child who runs away from them, when she gets put with Josie she feels different, she wants to stay. However the thing is Josie is elderly and losing her memory, and Hollis is worried if the Social Services find out she might get placed somewhere else. So she creates a plan to escape like she has done before, but there's one difference, she's escaping, with Josie.
                • hotgirl
                  hotgirlWednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm
                  boring begaining intresting ending
                  • gracehanna
                    gracehannaFriday, October 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm
                    i am in LOVE with this book!its full of hope and family!!!
                    • 20ospink
                      20ospinkMonday, September 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm44 stars
                      I loved Pictures Of Hollis Woods. At first, I didn't really like it. I got confused on how it kept switching from describing the picture and a chapter. This book is about a foster home girl who has been to MANY foster homes. When she meets Josie, she wants to stay with her.