One tough cookie
Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all intensely. She has a county-wide reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmangable.
So when she's sent to live with the Trotters--by far the strangest family yet--Gilly decides to put her brilliant mind to work. Before long she's devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come "rescue" her.
But the rescue doens't work out quite the way she planned. And when the time comes for her to go, the great Gilly Hopkins is left thinking that maybe life with the Trotters wasn't so bad after all....
1979 Newbery Honor Book
Winner, 1979 National Book Award for Children's Literature
Notable Children's Books of 1978 (ALA)
1979 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
"Best of the Best" Children's Books 1966 1978 (SLJ)
1979 Christopher Award
1979 Jane Addams Award Honor Book
1980 81 Children's Choice Award (Iowa)
1981 Georgia Children's Book Award
1981 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey Library Association)
1980 81 Children's Book Award (Massachusetts)
1981 William Allen White Children's Book Award
NY Public Library Books and Recordings 1978