Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

My Facebook feed is chock-full of exasperated moms and dads who have already run out of summer activities for their kids.  (Except YOU, FCPS...I know your last day was today. Pull this out in 2-3 weeks and you can thank me for it then).  By now you've seen Finding Dory, been to the pool 4-5 days a week, and allowed more daily screen time than you'd like to admit.

 Here is where I come in. Over on our sister-site I've been reviewing the 2016 Books to Movies for a fun little change of pace.  The Great Gilly Hopkins just so happens to be one of those books.  And it also just so happens to be a great, award-winning summer read, making it a win/win.

Originally written in 1978, The Great Gilly Hopkins tells the story of an 11-year-old seemingly rambunctious foster girl, Gilly.  Always holding out hope her birth mother will come "rescue" her, Gilly bounces from foster home to foster home. When she is placed with the Trotters, though, Gilly's tough demeanor is broken down through love. She befriends her foster brother, has a unique friendship with the elderly man next door and actually learns what having a real "home" feels like.

The movie was released in February and stars Kathy Bates as Ms. Trotter and Danny Glover as the next door neighbor.  So, there you go!  Your kids read the book for 2-3 days (your loss if your kids are fast readers) and movie for 1 day. I've just planned 1/2 a week for you.  You're welcome.

My library only had this super-old version circa 1980, but whatever.