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ISBN13: 9780385326551
ISBN10: 0385326556
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Awards

2003 Newbery Medal Honor Books

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans, the one family who offers her a home.

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 plans to take Josie with her.

Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she?ll never forget.

Review:

"Giff again introduces a carefully delineated and sympathetic heroine in this quiet contemporary novel....As readers become intimately acquainted with Hollis, they will come to understand her fears, regrets and longings, and will root for her as she pursues her dream of finding a home where she belongs." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"How [Hollis] saves Josie and herself is the kernel of this moving story about families, longing, and belonging. Veteran author Giff has a sure hand with language, and the narrative is taut and absorbing." GraceAnne DeCandido, Booklist

Review:

"Giff masterfully weaves [her plot] strands together in a surprising and satisfying ending. Strong characterization and a solid sense of place are the strengths of this heartfelt story..." School Library Journal

Review:

"Twelve-year old Hollis Wood is an artistic, determined foster kid. She paints a picture of her troubled past and current struggle to find a family rich with feeling, life and characters. Giff's ability to draw the reader into her tender writing never failed to thrill me, both as a bookseller and a reader." Jonatha Foli, BookSense.com

Synopsis:

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Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff?s most recent Delacorte book is All the Way Home. She is also the author of Lily's Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

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christine231, August 7, 2007 (view all comments by christine231)
I haven't had a chance to purchase the book yet, but am very interested because they are presently filming a movie of the book in the area where I live. Learning that the story was based on Ms Giff's novel picqued my interest and I will be purchasing the book soon. I have daughters ages 11 and 13 who are avid readers and we are all looking forward to reaading the book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385326551
Author:
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Author:
Holczer, Tracy
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 10, 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.52x5.80x.69 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 176 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780385326551 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Giff again introduces a carefully delineated and sympathetic heroine in this quiet contemporary novel....As readers become intimately acquainted with Hollis, they will come to understand her fears, regrets and longings, and will root for her as she pursues her dream of finding a home where she belongs."
"Review" by , "How [Hollis] saves Josie and herself is the kernel of this moving story about families, longing, and belonging. Veteran author Giff has a sure hand with language, and the narrative is taut and absorbing."
"Review" by , "Giff masterfully weaves [her plot] strands together in a surprising and satisfying ending. Strong characterization and a solid sense of place are the strengths of this heartfelt story..."
"Review" by , "Twelve-year old Hollis Wood is an artistic, determined foster kid. She paints a picture of her troubled past and current struggle to find a family rich with feeling, life and characters. Giff's ability to draw the reader into her tender writing never failed to thrill me, both as a bookseller and a reader."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by ,
Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

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