Hello all- Been reading a bit this summer to be ready for my switch to teach 5th grade in the fall– and I found a book I’m looking forward to sharing with my students. In Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff, you are pulled in to the story of Holly, a young girl who has moved into and subsequently run away from a series of foster homes, all the while hoping to find a real family she can fit into and love.
Her summer with the Regans is nearly perfect until the accident and then she is on the run again. Her next home with Josie is precarious, given Josie’s increasing dementia. And so the story totters back and forth between life with Josie and remembrances of the summer past, until the two stories come together in a satisfyingly heartwarming ending. It’s a story of hope and desperation, a story of family, a story of characters you’d like to spend some time with. This is a Newberry Honor book and I do think you’d find it worthwhile.