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3.00023949227637 out of 53.00023949227637 out of 53.00023949227637 out of 53.00023949227637 out of 53.00023949227637 out of 5 3.00 (8,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780061845505
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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...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not to be missed, Bresnahan’s reading of this Newbery Honor book and National Book Award winner adds a rich dimension to Gilly’s story.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Without a hint of the prevailing maudlin realism, Paterson takes up a common ‘problem situation and makes it genuinely moving, frequently funny, and sparkling with memorable encounters.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Newbery Honor Winner
  • Winner of the National Book Award for Children's Literature
  • An ALA Notable Book for Children

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 2/18/2014

    " Very good book. Had many touching moments. Some dated parts, but overall still holds today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/9/2014

    " I haven't read anything I didn't love by Katherine Patterson. She's also a lovely human being--I spent some time with her in an NJ bookstore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 1/30/2014

    " This book was the bane of my existance when I read it in 5th grade. They wouldn't let me give it 0 stars, so will will have to do, but remember it is a gross overstatement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Gelson | 1/18/2014

    " Maime Trotter is a hero of sorts. Love, simplicity, good sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/7/2014

    " Good story about a tough foster child who learns that people are not what you first think of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Arscott | 1/7/2014

    " Wonderful book. So perfect in every way. I love Gilly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyrese | 1/5/2014

    " I like this book. I think Gilly is smart and sassy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 12/23/2013

    " omg evry1 shuld read this book! i ssssssssssoooooooooo recommend it! its hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindi | 12/21/2013

    " Loved this book as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 9/19/2013

    " Story of an 11 year old girl in foster care, waiting for her mother to come for her. This doesn't have a HEA ending but is more happy than many foster care kids get. It is a real look at how a tough kid would view life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Lueck | 9/4/2013

    " I sobbed when I finished this. Children's lit is every bit as good as adult lit, if not better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shreya Hari | 8/27/2013

    " Love this book! Really demonstrates a transition in personality from beginning to the end of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Remi | 5/11/2013

    " it was very good and sad at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole Harvey | 5/9/2013

    " I loved this book; I really enjoyed Gilly's attitude. I also enjoyed seeing how much she changed throughout the book. I used this book for my banned book. This book had some language in it that makes it a banned book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 travelmel | 2/17/2013

    " Our 6th grade teacher read it to us. I remember the characters name.. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/23/2013

    " Gilly is a survivor and she is going to make it no matter what - but she learns that sometimes the cost isn't worth it. It doesn't feel good to make it if you leave others behind. A realistic portryal of a kid whose tough because she had to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Needleroozer | 1/11/2013

    " I can't remember the great thing(s) Gilly Hopkins did, but I think she was part of the foster child genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kindred | 11/5/2012

    " Good Good Good "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rayna G. | 7/6/2012

    " I had to read this book in 5th grade and i really didnt like it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brook | 2/17/2012

    " This book is so amazing! I have read it numerous times at all ages in my life. (although I must say my cover art was way better than the ones I found on here lol). The author does a great job of tapping into emotion without actually mentioning it to your face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 6/24/2011

    " I love gilly! I f we lived in the smae house than that wold be a wonderful reality show that I would def watch "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 6/4/2011

    " This book is very eye opening with foster children. However, I would not recommend this for youth because of the amount of bad language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 5/17/2011

    " This story was much different than I thought it was origionally going to be. Towards the end, I was almost shocked, although, it was a very cute children's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mira | 5/7/2011

    " Short, sweet, and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/5/2011

    " Not sure if I read this or not as a kid. I initially found Gilly to be abrasive, but she grows on you - just as she does on the other characters in the book. This is on Roxbury Prep's sixth grade reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgeson | 4/30/2011

    " what a great book! who knew doing a book report could be so much fun? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stockwell | 4/16/2011

    " Read for my 5th grade English class... man, that was ages ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2011

    " This was a favorite from a friend's childhood. I am reading it for a group that I attend.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 4/12/2011

    " Really good. As in REALLY GOOD. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/4/2011

    " One of my top 20 favorite books. It is just such a cute story. A great book to teach in the middle grades because of strong characterization. Makes you wonder how your life would have been if you were a foster child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi (run free with the raggle taggle gypsy, oh!) | 3/5/2011

    " One of those wonderful Newberry Honor required-reading books. Lord knows why. meh.

    Back to Jane Eyre. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/2/2011

    " It was okay, I guess. Ending sorta sucked. I just don't get the purpose of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/21/2011

    " Gilly is a rather rude and disrespectful young woman and
    I would like to know what kids would think--certainly not
    a book I'd recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melani | 2/9/2011

    " I had a hard time getting through this book because of the language. It does have a good lesson to learn at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/6/2011

    " Nice little story about a girl who loves to swear. "

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About the Author
Author Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband in Barre, Vermont. They have four grown children.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.