The Great Gilly Hopkins

  • Christopher Award 1979
  • Newbery Honor Book 1979
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book 1979
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book 1978
  • Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey)
  • National Book Award 1979
  • Georgia Children's Book Award
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)
  • School Library Journal Best book of 1978


The Great Gilly Hopkins cannot be tamed!

Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she’s disliked 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. But unfortunately, the plan doesn’t work out quite as she hoped it would. . . .

ISBN 9780064402019