The Great Gilly Hopkins | Study Guide

Katherine Paterson

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The Great Gilly Hopkins | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Day 1

    Miss Ellis brings Gilly Hopkins to her new foster home.

    Chapter 1
  • Day 2

    Gilly is upset that her new teacher is black.

    Chapter 3
  • Day 3

    Gilly steals money from Mr. Randolph.

    Chapter 4
  • October

    Gilly gives Miss Harris a card with a racist message.

    Chapter 6
  • Two days later

    Gilly writes a letter to her mother complaining about her foster home.

    Chapter 7
  • Next Sunday

    Gilly steals money from Trotter and tries to buy a bus ticket to California.

    Chapter 8
  • November

    Gilly cares for her foster family when they get sick.

    Chapter 10
  • Thanksgiving

    Gilly's grandmother Nonnie visits.

    Chapter 10
  • Next Monday

    Gilly learns she's to live with her grandmother Nonnie permanently.

    Chapter 11
  • Next week

    Gilly leaves to live with her grandmother Nonnie.

    Chapter 12
  • Next few weeks

    Gilly writes about her new home to Trotter and others.

    Chapter 13
  • December 23

    Courtney comes for a short visit.

    Chapter 15
  • December 23

    Trotter persuades Gilly that Nonnie's house is her home.

    Chapter 15

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 The first chapter introduces 11-year-old Galadriel Hopkins who is known as Gilly. Her caseworker Miss Ellis is bringing ... Read More
Chapter 2 Gilly Hopkins unpacks her belongings in her tiny, dusty bedroom and wonders if unpacking is a waste of time since she ne... Read More
Chapter 3 Gilly Hopkins comes downstairs for her first day at the new school with her hair a wreck in hopes of upsetting Trotter. ... Read More
Chapter 4 The next day a sixth-grader named Agnes Stokes who is from another class tries to befriend Gilly Hopkins. However, Gilly... Read More
Chapter 5 Agnes persistently tries to make friends with Gilly Hopkins at school no matter how much Gilly insults her. Gilly finall... Read More
Chapter 6 Gilly Hopkins has worked hard in school to catch up with and then surpass her peers. However, she's unhappy that Miss Ha... Read More
Chapter 7 It's two days after the incident with Miss Harris, and Gilly Hopkins knows she has to leave Thompson Park quickly. She w... Read More
Chapter 8 The next Sunday after church, Gilly Hopkins, Trotter, William Ernest, and Mr. Randolph eat supper. Mr. Randolph spills f... Read More
Chapter 9 Gilly Hopkins overhears a fight between Trotter and Miss Ellis, her caseworker. Miss Ellis wants to remove Gilly from Tr... Read More
Chapter 10 The week before Thanksgiving, Mr. Randolph comes down with the flu and moves into Trotter's house so she can care for hi... Read More
Chapter 11 Saturday night Gilly Hopkins, Trotter, William Ernest, and Mr. Randolph are having their belated Thanksgiving dinner and... Read More
Chapter 12 Trotter prepares a special dinner for Gilly Hopkins's last night, although no one has much of an appetite. William Ernes... Read More
Chapter 13 Gilly Hopkins is riding in the car with her grandmother Nonnie and facing the fact that Courtney may never come for her.... Read More
Chapter 14 In the next month after Thanksgiving, Gilly Hopkins writes a letter to William Ernest. She keeps up her white lies that ... Read More
Chapter 15 Gilly Hopkins and Nonnie are at the airport waiting for Courtney's plane to arrive. As the passengers deplane, she hears... Read More
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