Friday, February 12, 2010

Pictures of Hollis Woods

This is a decent book. Decently emotional, decently real, decently grounded, decent story, and decently written. It's not the most suitable book for read-a-louds, just like Island of the Blue Dolphins isn't an ideal read-a-loud. Well, at least for me to read aloud -it's a little too sedate.

The premise: an abandoned child, foster-home hopping, ends up with an old lady. The old lady is, well, old. The child is afraid social services will separate them, so she takes events into her own hands. A parallel story unfolds of the child's previous foster home and the near-tragedy that occurred there.

This story vaguely reminds me of Bridge to Terabithia. That's probably due to the main character and her friend Steven's interactions. In this case, Steven is Leslie and Hollis is Jess.

It's probably one of the books I would like to have a set of 6 - for reading circles in small groups. Although it might be a little too emotional for a group reading. Hm, I'll have to think a little more about that plan.

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