Pictures of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Reilly Giff ~ 5 (45%)
Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards ~ 1 (9%)
In Lucia's Eyes, by Arthur Japin ~ 3 (27%)
Heart of Stone, by Renate Dorrestein ~ 1 (9%)
Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly ~ 1 (9%)
Votes (total): 11
In Pictures of Hollis Woods, a troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her. Publisher's Weekly says:
"Artistically talented Hollis Woods, age 12, has made a habit of running away from foster homes, but she's found a place on Long Island where she wants to stay for a while. She immediately bonds with Josie, her new guardian, who is a slightly eccentric, retired art teacher. Yet Hollis is far from content. She worries about Josie's increasing forgetfulness, and she sorely misses her last foster family, the Regans, whom she left under tense circumstances that are only gradually made clear. Giff intersperses tender scenes demonstrating Hollis's growing affection for Josie with memories of the Regans, whose images Hollis preserves in her sketchbook. Pictures of motherly Izzy Regan, her architect husband and their mischievous yet compassionate son, Steven, sensitively express the young artist's conception of a perfect family. 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."