15 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff


I said something to friends about maybe not reaching my 100 books-per-year goal this year for the first time in forever and one of my friends sent 2 books, short books. *laughing* I figured, okay, let’s cheat a little. Some YA books, some audio books. I can do it! So, I really expected this to be a light “whatever” type of book.

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so good. It’s written for middle school aged kids, but it’s really quite good. I won’t go into the full description, you can read that on your own, but the story of this orphaned girl coming into her own, into her family and watching her grow not only through helping someone that needed her but also through her artwork is truly magical. The author does a really good job of keeping the past and present separated and of keeping us guessing – what happened that Summer?

This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but I enjoyed it none-the-less. Definitely a great book to read if you want a change of pace.


Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans, the one family who offers her a home.

When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they’ll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won’t let anyone separate them. She’s escaped the system before; this time, she plans to take Josie with her.

Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she’ll never forget.


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