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Wolf Hollow

In YA Book Reviews on July 25, 2016 at 11:29 pm


by Lauren Wolk

Coming-of-Age/Historical Fiction/©2016/Recommended for Ages 9-13

Publisher’s Comments (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

The stunning cover will attract your attention, and the masterful writing and engaging plot will pull you in. This is one of those books that I could not put down. The characters are well drawn and memorable, especially Annabelle, the 12-year-old who narrates the story in the past tense. It tackles some serious topics (bullying, prejudice, and bigotry), and has at its core significant life lessons about compassion for others, how we judge and treat people, and the importance of doing the right thing. I especially appreciate that this piece of historical fiction takes place between the two world wars and shines a light on the impact of war on the soldiers who had to do the fighting. This is a book that will stay with me for a while.

It is a Newbery contender for sure and a great addition for the middle school library.