Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all. She has a county-wide reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters -- by far the strangest family yet -- Gilly decides to put her sharp mind to work. Before long she's devised an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come rescue her.
This book report includes a seven page guided response, including a character analysis worksheet. There are a total of 49 short answer questions for the student to complete as he reads the novel. It can be used as a whole group activity while reading the book.
Because many students abhorred traditional book reports, especially at-risk students, I developed a guided reading response sheet for designated books required each semester that were personal reads. This assignment offers page numbers so that students can easily find answers. When students learn the skill to identify answers, state test scores rise. These guided responses increased grade level scores yearly for students who completed them.