Sunday, November 06, 2011

Pictures of Hollis Woods - Giff

Hollis Woods is a talented artist, but she is also trouble. Time and again she has been told so by her foster families.  And when trouble starts brewing, Hollis runs. Even when she is sent to a house that might actually offer a home and family.  

She eventually finds herself sent to live with Josie, a retired art teacher who makes her feel comfortable. But something is not right with Josie, she keeps forgetting things more and more often. So Hollis does what she knows, she takes Josie and runs.

But as families tend to do, someone is looking out for her. And, when Hollis accepts that Josie is truly better off at her home with her family, Hollis' discovers she is not alone.  

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff is just the kind of book I'd have wanted to read when I was younger. It was a sweet look into the life of a little girl wanting, needing to feel wanted and needed.  And when Hollis finally reaches out to someone, I actually teared up.  A great read, for children and adults alike.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.