The Great Gilly Hopkins | Study Guide

Katherine Paterson

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The Great Gilly Hopkins | Characters

Character Description
Gilly Hopkins Gilly is a tough and feisty girl who has been in and out of foster homes most of her life. Read More
Trotter Trotter is a foster mother who makes a home for Gilly. Read More
William Ernest William Ernest is a young boy who lives with Trotter. Read More
Agnes Agnes Stokes is a girl at school who tries to befriend Gilly.
Courtney Courtney Rutherford Hopkins is Gilly's mother. She claims to love Gilly, but her actions don't support that claim.
Miss Ellis Miss Ellis is a caseworker in the foster system. She cares about Gilly but is often disappointed in her.
Miss Harris Miss Harris is a sixth-grade teacher who is patient and fair. She has learned to deny her anger when faced with prejudice because she is black.
Mr. Randolph Mr. Randolph is a friend and neighbor of Trotter's who introduces Gilly to poetry. Gilly dislikes him at first because he is blind and black.
Nonnie Nonnie is a widow who lives alone. She wants to make a permanent home for Gilly when she learns that Gilly is her granddaughter.
The narrator The unnamed narrator has insight into Gilly Hopkins's thoughts and feelings.
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