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Extended Audio Sample The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson Click for printable size audiobook cover
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 Bresnaha Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At eleven, Gilly is nobody's real kid. If only she could find her beautiful mother, Courtney, and live with her instead of in the ugly foster home where she has just been placed! How could she, the great Gilly Hopkins, known throughout the county for her brilliance and unmanageability, be expected to tolerate Maime Trotter, the fat, nearly illiterate widow who is now her guardian? Or for that matter, the freaky seven-year-old boy and the shrunken blind black man who are also considered part of the bizarre "family"? Even cool Miss Harris, her teacher, is a shock to her.

Gutsy Gilly is both poignant and comic as, behind her best barracuda smile, she schemes against them and everyone else who tries to be friendly. The reader will cheer for her as she copes with the longings and terrors of always being a foster child.

Katherine Paterson, winner of the 1978 Newbery Medal for Bridge to Terabithia and of the 1977 National Book Award for The Master Puppeteer, again reaches across boundaries with her wit, compassion, and love, and here creates an immensely engaging story about a child's desperate search for a place to call home.

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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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Carrie Gelson | 1/18/2014

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

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