Pictures of Hollis Woods

The Regans gave Hollis the first happy foster home she ever knew. So why did she run away?

Twelve-year-old Hollis, a gifted young artist, has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. But when she is sent to live with Josie, a retired art teacher, the two bond immediately. Yet Hollis’s happiness is overshadowed by the realisation that Josie keeps forgetting things. Soon Josie needs a carer even more than Hollis does. At the same time, Hollis deeply misses her last foster family, the Regans – with whom she finally found happiness, only for things to go wrong. Why did Hollis leave the Regans? And will she ever find a home where she belongs? A moving story with a mystery at its core.

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    Patricia Reilly Giff has twice won Newbery Honor Awards for Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods.

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