Pictures of Hollis Woods

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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What decision does Hollis make in chapter 5 of Pictures of Hollis Woods showing her desire to stay with Josie?

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At the end of chapter 5, Hollis decides that she has to start going to school regularly if she is to stay with the much-loved Josie. She knows if she doesn't, the mustard woman, the caseworker assigned to her, will find her a new family to live with.

In chapter 5, the mustard woman arrives unannounced at Josie's house to find Hollis not at school and insists on driving Hollis there herself. To protect Josie, Hollis tells the mustard woman that she had lied to Josie and told her that the school was closed that day because of a teachers' conference. The mustard woman is not happy and implies that she would have to consider whether Hollis and Josie are a good fit.

In the last line of the chapter, Hollis says:

For the first time in my life, I thought, I'd really have to go to school. I'd have to if I wanted to stay at Josie's.

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