I discovered Katherine Paterson‘s work as an adult, and it changed what I thought I knew about books for young readers. I have a special fondness for The Great Gilly Hopkins. It was the first Paterson novel I read and it made me laugh and cry, sometimes at once. Gilly was an eleven-year-old with grit I never had when I was eleven. And she deals with circumstances I’m lucky that I never needed to contend with.
I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation of this beloved book. The Great Gilly Hopkins stars Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Billy Magnussen, with Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close. It’s directed by Steven Herek. The screenplay is by David Paterson. From Lionsgate, to be released October 7, 2016.