Hollis Woods has run away from almost every foster home she's ever been placed in. When she is sent to live with Josie, a quirky but elderly artist, Hollis wants to stay. But Josie grows more forgetful, and Hollis fears Social Services may take her away and move Josie to a home. Hollis won't let anyone separate them--she's escaped the system ...Read MoreHollis Woods has run away from almost every foster home she's ever been placed in. When she is sent to live with Josie, a quirky but elderly artist, Hollis wants to stay. But Josie grows more forgetful, and Hollis fears Social Services may take her away and move Josie to a home. Hollis won't let anyone separate them--she's escaped the system before; this time, she'll take Josie with her.Read Less
Griff takes you into the life of a young girl, almost to where you feel you are really there. Heart-wrenching and Adventuresome, you will join Hollis in her search for the perfect family.
Sep 7, 2008
This book was excellent and right when you think that the book is coming to a close it takes off on another adventure. This book was heart warming and also sometimes sad. You end up feeling for the characters and they come to life in this incredibly detailed novel. If there was ever a time to pick up a book it would be now for Pictures of Hollis Woods. It will keep you guessing and coming back for more.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-07-15 Giff (Lily s Crossing; All the Way Home) again introduces a carefully delineated and sympathetic heroine in this quiet contemporary novel. Artistically talented Hollis Woods, age 12, has made a habit of running away from foster homes, but she s found a place on Long Island where she wants to stay for a while. She immediately bonds with Josie, her new guardian, who is a slightly eccentric, retired art teacher. Yet Hollis is far from content. She worries about Josie s increasing forgetfulness, and she sorely misses her last foster family, the Regans, whom she left under tense circumstances that are only gradually made clear. Giff intersperses tender scenes demonstrating Hollis s growing affection for Josie with memories of the Regans, whose images Hollis preserves in her sketchbook. Pictures of motherly Izzy Regan, her architect husband and their mischievous yet compassionate son, Steven, sensitively express the young artist s conception of a perfect family. As readers become intimately acquainted with Hollis, they will come to understand her fears, regrets and longings, and will root for her as she pursues her dream of finding a home where she belongs. Ages 8-13. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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