The Great Gilly Hopkins

Book review by Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Brash foster-kid tale a great choice for reluctant readers.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 18+

Ton of swearing throughout. Thanking the lords name in vein frequently.

I started This book as an audiobook as a family. The little girl is very rude, very judge mental etc. When we first came to when we first came to several cursewords we wanted to ride it out because we thought it would be a good story and I know the little girl is a foster child. Although we wished we had known of the words. If we had I would have read the book myself so I could skip the profanity. However half way through the cursing and the lords name in vein was so frequent we decided to stop reading the book. I would never want my children (not even my 11 year old) to read this on their own. Again you could read it out loud and skip those parts of you wanted to. I have read reviews where people make excuses for the language and other things but the fact is those thingS could have been conveyed without it!!!!!!

This title has:

Too much swearing
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age 12+

More than a few swear words

Takes the Lord's name in vain often. Says hell and damn quite a bit. Also calls others names for being over weight, old, religious, african american. I read this with my daughter and edited out the swear words. And we talked a lot about what Gilly would say being wrong and why. Glad I read this one with my daughter.

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

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