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This timeless Newbery Honor Book from bestselling author Katherine Paterson about a wisecracking, ornary, completely unforgettable young heroine. Now a feature film starring Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, and Octavia Spencer!

Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's hated them all. She has a reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable, and that's the way she likes it. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters—by far the strangest family yet—she knows it's only a temporary problem.

Gilly decides to put her sharp mind to work and get out of there fast. She's determined to no longer be a foster kid. Before long she's devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come rescue her. Unfortunately, the plan doesn't work out quite as she hoped it would...

Published on January 15, 1996 by Nelson Thornes Ltd
ISBN-10: 0174324324
ISBN-13: 9780174324324
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  • nboy
    nboyFriday, December 18, 2020 at 11:17 pm55 stars
    I heard it is so cool and I want to read it. The name is only so funny --- The Great Gilly Hopkins. I'm sure this book is going to be interesting and I'm am looking forward to read it. What do you think? It is also written by a great writer --- KATHERINE PATERSON.
    • applemango
      applemangoSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm55 stars
      Gilly is very unmanageable. She does not cooperate to adults orders and she is sometimes even mean. So once again Gilly has to move foster homes and go to a place where the Trotters live. She immediately thinks William Ernest is a baby and a freak. However as time passes she begins to warm up to the Trotters. She first gets sent to help Mr. Randolph, a blind man, to dinner however, she thinks Mr. Randolph is creepy. However, eventually she becomes friends with him. She still is attached to her mother and when she finds out the truth, she wants to go to Trotters. However she has to stay at her grandmother’s place...
      • dogonewslover22
        dogonewslover22Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:46 am55 stars
        It also has some bad words to ………………………
        • dogonewslover22
          dogonewslover22Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 8:02 am55 stars
          It is a very good book to read it has a lot of sassynes in it to tho lol. And she gets taken away from her mom and moves from foster home to foster home her last foster home was at her grandmas her foster home before that was mrs trotter and she had a little boy named William Ernest.
          • summerstar
            summerstarThursday, July 7, 2016 at 12:42 pm
            This book is really great, and so is Gilly! Even though Gilly felt she didn't fit in at first, she finally realized she was with her true family after meeting Courtney.
            • october
              octoberThursday, July 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm
              This book is cool. It must be hard for Gilly to stay with maime Trotter.
              • tilly_may
                tilly_mayThursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:57 am55 stars
                I thought that this book was AWESOME!!!!!! It was about about family, friends, finding, and fitting in. :) (:
                • jarz4113Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm
                  This book shows always expect the worst.
                  • cool.j 200Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7:59 am
                    this book is asome
                    • rageandl0v
                      rageandl0vSunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:42 am44 starsFeatured
                      This book is great! It's well-written and it teaches you to be grateful for what you have. I was pretty disappointed with the ending, but it was alright because Gilly learns to not act so tough all the time. Overall, Katherine Paterson wrote a great book!!!