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Carenza, Our Lady's Abingdon (OLA)

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow follows Annabelle as her world is shattered by the arrival of loud, brash Betty Glengarry. Betty makes Annabelle's life a misery, and persistently bullies her. Then one day Betty goes missing. As far as the residents of Wolf Hollow are concerned, the kidnapper could only be Toby, a mysterious man who fought in the First World War and still has scars on his hands and in his mind. Annabelle cannot bring herself to believe that Toby would do such a thing, and sets out to prove his innocence. Which may be more difficult than it first appears…

This is a story that talks of the tangles lies create and how it is very difficult to change opinions, especially when people's opinions are based on word of mouth. There are some subtle themes of bravery and guilt that are dotted around the book, making this quite a thought-provoking read. Deception plays a big part in this book, with many elements being directly linked to people not knowing about events, events being distorted and lies having to be told in order to extract the truth.

I liked the character of Annabelle because she is unwavering in her opinion and determined to find out the truth, which are traits I admire. My favourite character, however, is James, Annabelle's younger brother. I liked James because he is young, cute and funny. The reason Annabelle is not my favourite character is because I didn't always agree with her decisions and that upset me a little.

All in all, I liked Wolf Hollow because it was thought provoking, sweet and moving. I would rate this as 11 plus, as younger readers may be distressed by it.

Posted on: 23rd March 2017 at 05:08 pm

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