A compassionate tale of a girl looking for a family to call her own, Patricia Reilly Giff’s Pictures of Hollis Woods, a Newbery Honor award-winning novel, focuses on the titular Hollis, whose artistic talent centers the story. Hollis, a twelve-year-old orphan, has been in foster home after foster home, and continues to search for a family that will be able to perfectly fit her into their picture. A back and forth narrative, Hollis is currently living with Josie, who appreciates the girl’s aptitude for gorgeous sketches. Encouraged and well-loved by Josie, Hollis feels she has found a stable home, and fights against signs that Josie’s increasing forgetfulness has made the situation dangerous for the both of them. We are also taken back to the previous summer, when Josie was housed with the Regan family, a loving trio of Izzy, “Old Man”, and thirteen-year-old Steven. A tragedy marred the tender atmosphere though, and as Hollis struggles to find and keep a home, readers will remain enthralled by Giff’s vivid detailing of Hollis’ pictures, and her gentle depiction of a girl in need of love. Pictures of Hollis Woods is poignant and moving, rendering a satisfying conclusion that will appeal to young readers.
Created to benefit newer middle school students with a greater understanding and appreciation for literature, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will encourage and train students for more complex reading in the future. Pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets are supplied on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which allows students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a reputable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 5, constituted of the following additional titles: Bridge to Terabithia; Island of the Blue Dolphins; My Side of the Mountain; The Pinballs; Tuck Everlasting; Sign of the Beaver; The Phantom Tollbooth; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; The Fighting Ground; Matilda; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Lily's Crossing; The Borrowers; The Whipping Boy; Toliver's Secret; Bloomability; On My Honor; Summer of the Monkeys; Among The Hidden; Castle in the Attic; The Wanderer; Call It Courage; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Crash; Becoming Naomi Leon; Bud, Not Buddy; Seedfolks; Esperanza Rising; George Washington's Socks; Crispin: The Cross of Lead; Among the Imposters; Fever 1793; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Surviving the Applewhites; Al Capone Does My Shirts; Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Three Cups of Tea; Elijah of Buxton; Marley, A Dog Like No Other; Rules. All precursory Novel-Ties eBooks can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.