Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl's resilience and strength help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.
©2016 Lauren Wolk (P)2016 Listening Library
"The honesty of Wolf Hollow will just about shred your heart, but Annabelle's courage and compassion will restore it to you, fuller than before. This book matters." (Sara Pennypacker, New York Times best-selling author of Pax)
"Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns." (Kirkus)
"The narrative is powerful, complex, and lifelike...a truly moving debut." (School Library Journal)
I would recommend it to anyone.
Although it was a middle school level I found the story held my attention and had enough twists in it to make it a little exciting and kept my interest.
I wanted to love this book. The story in and of itself has great meaning, is beautifully written, and is performed well- however I started to get frustrated with the practicality of the plot. I kept being reminded that the main character is only 11- which becomes increasingly harder to believe with all that unfolds. I suppose anything is possible, but this fact kept making me question the greater meaning of the book and had me frustrated with the scenarios. It seems almost too far fetched and extreme for what it's trying to teach, which disappointed me.
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