Monday, December 24, 2007

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

iconiconI'm really behind on my book list, so over the next few days I'm going to try to catch up to where I am right now.

I read Katherine Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins way back in November, about a month and a half ago. (Yes, I'm that behind!!) Like In Cold Blood and Beloved, reading this book was my tribute to October's Banned Books Week.

The fact that Gilly Hopkins has been challenged both amuses me and makes me angry. Reading it, the only reason for banning it that I could discern was the fact that it tells the truth about what foster care is like for many kids — and as far as I can tell, Paterson does a pretty good job of getting into the head of a foster child and demonstrating where some of the discipline problems might come from.

But really, we can't have our nation's children — let alone the adults — knowing what foster care is really like. They might actually sympathize with foster children!

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