Looking for an entertaining, educational book to share with your students? The Great Gilly Hopkins by: Katherine Paterson is a fantastic novel to read with your class. The book lends itself to wonderful, deep, well-needed discussion with your students about serious topics such as respect. Students love the playfulness of the book and that it is relate-able. It is also being made into a movie in February 2016! Great choice of novel for any class. Please also see my activity plans for students that you can post on your SMARTboard or print to give students a copy.