The Great Gilly Hopkins Questions and Answers
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Why did Gilly make a paper airplane for William Ernest?  

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Gilly makes a paper airplane for William Ernest as part of a scheme to gain his favor. One evening, shortly after being placed in Mrs. Trotter's home, Gilly is asked to entertain William Ernest, Mrs. Trotter and Mr. Randolph by reading aloud to them. When the only book available is the Bible, Gilly immediately offers to run next door to Mr. Randolph's house and choose a new book to read. While selecting a book, Gilly gets distracted rearranging the messy shelves. On the top shelf...

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