Parents' Guide to

The Great Gilly Hopkins

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

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

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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

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
1 person found this helpful.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (17):

Katherine Paterson has created a believable character in Gilly, and readers learn how pain drives the bad behavior of this foster kid. Gilly ridicules Mrs. Trotter's deep religious faith and defies her at every turn, but she just can't escape the woman's relentless love. Readers will be satisfied with the ending, as Gilly resolves her issues and learns to love and be loved. A great choice for reluctant readers.

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