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Plot summary[ edit ] Galadriel "Gilly" Hopkins is a mean, year-old brash young girl who is headed for yet another foster home. She hates living with different people all the time and just wants to settle in with her birth mother, Courtney Rutherford Hopkins, whose photograph Gilly secretly treasures.
Gilly doesn't like the look of her new foster mom, Trotter, a "fat hippo", and decides she is going to hate her whole life. Gilly hatches a plan to escape from Trotter and steals the money she needs for it to work.
She knows that her mother lives in San Francisco, California so she writes a letter to Courtney saying that her beloved Galadriel will be with her soon. When Gilly escapes the first time, she gets caught by police and Trotter immediately comes down to the station to retrieve her. Gilly's grandmother, Nonnie, comes to Trotter's house and tells her that she will take Gilly home.
Nonnie was previously unaware that she had a granddaughter. But now Gilly realizes that she really wants to be with Trotter. However, the law says that Gilly must go with Nonnie, so she goes to Nonnie's house. Then Gilly gets good news: But when she goes to the airport, Courtney is not the woman in Gilly's photograph: Gilly also finds out that her mother only came because Nonnie paid her, not because she wanted to come.
She realizes for the first time how foolish she has been and that she loves Trotter. The story ends with Gilly on the phone, crying to Trotter to take her back.
Trotter, in turn, gently convinces her that her home is with Nonnie. So Gilly realizes that Nonnie's house is her home. Characters[ edit ] Galadriel "Gilly" Hopkins, the title character of the story, is 12 years old, with straw-colored hair and an unkempt appearance. She is kind on the inside but she doesn't believe it.
She does not care for her given name, Galadriel after Galadriel in The Lord of the Ringsand prefers to be called "Gilly". Gilly has spent most of her life in foster carebeing sent from one home to another. She is brilliant and creative, but also very bitter, angry and completely unmanageable after years of rejection at the hands of her various foster parents.
Later in the book Gilly shows signs of caring for her new foster family, the Trotters. Trotter, called "Trotter", is Gilly's new foster mother. She is a large woman who wears glasses and lives in a messy, small and tight spaced house.
Trotter is said to be one of the foster care system's most respected caregivers. William Ernest Teague is Gilly's foster brother at Trotter's home. He is seven years old, with brown hair and glasses, and has a nervous disposition. When people make sudden movements around him he often ducks, as if he is expecting to be hit.
Gilly initially enjoys tormenting William Ernest, but eventually grows to like him and helps him with his reading. She also helps teach him to defend himself from mean bullies. Gilly sometimes calls him W.For me, The Great Gilly Hopkins is one of those books.
That fact that I haven’t discovered this book is even more interesting considering I read Katherine Paterson’s award winning Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia when I was a kid/5. The Great Gilly Hopkins is a realistic children's novel by Katherine Paterson.
It was published by Crowell in and it won the U.S. National Book Award next year.  In it was ranked number 63 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal – the third of three books by Paterson in the top Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.
It is is a story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side.
The Great Gilly Hopkins is a nice adaptation of the book by Katherine Paterson. It's well-cast. For those who haven't read the book, this is a good family movie. I remember a story about a tunnel but no idea if it was true!
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Oct 07, · If you—or someone you love—are in the market for an effective Young Adult tearjerker, The Great Gilly Hopkins will get the job done. Gilly is found out, in a sense, just as she’s beginning to appreciate the good thing she’s got in Trotter and the kid and the nice blind man and all/5.