Pictures of Hollis Woods

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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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Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children. Several of her novels have been chosen as ALA Notable Books and ALA Best Books for Young Adults. They include Nory Ryan’s Song and the Newbery Honor Books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily’s Crossing was also chosen as a Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book. Her most recent book is Willow Run, the companion to Lily’s Crossing. These titles, as well as Water Street, are available on audio from Listening Library.

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Foster child Hollis Wood's latest "home" is with loving but increasingly absent-minded Josey Kale. Threatened with yet another move, Hollis plans a daring trip to a house abandoned for the winter. She reflects on its owners, her previous foster family, and the events that keep her from accepting them. Through her drawings, Hollis makes an emotional journey that will lead her to her true home. Hope Davis gives a gentle, captivating performance as the life-hardened girl who processes her doubts about being part of a real family. Slight changes in vocalization make the supporting characters distinct and just as enchanting as Hollis Woods herself. J.M.P. 2003 ALA Notable Recording © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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