Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Pictures of Hollis Woods

Use Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff to turn your read aloud or small group work into a time to improve comprehension and talk about the text in purposeful ways.

This Newberry Honor Book shares the story of twelve-year-old Hollis; a foster child with a habit of running away. When she is placed with Josie, a kind and creative artist, Hollis feels safe enough to stay, but now there may be another reason to leave. Written in chapters that alternate between descriptions of Hollis's drawings and events of her current life, this is an ideal text for mini lessons focused on non-linear text structure and plot analysis.

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Title: Pictures of Hollis Woods
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Relationship Skills, Self Awareness, Family, Self Management, Award Winners
ISBN: 9780307542281
Publisher's Summary:
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’s taking Josie with her. Still, even as she plans her future with Josie, Hollis dreams of the past summer with the Regans, fixing each special moment of her days with them in pictures she’ll never forget.
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