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Wolf Hollow

This 5-star book - published in May 2016 - is a beautiful book that is set in 1943 inside a village, scarred by one and now going through another world war. The author (Lauren Wolk) writes about a girl called Annabelle. A lovely little girl who lives in the quiet little village of Wolf Hollow. But as soon as Annabelle’s 12th birthday has passed, everything starts to fall apart after a new arrival comes to the village, Betty Glengarry.

Betty had been sent down to live with her grandparents because of her difficult personality and behaviour. However, when the stranger of the town called Toby stands up for poor Annabelle against Betty’s bullying, she turns all her attention to him. Sadly, Betty’s plans take a turn for the worse and the results are very upsetting. The whole village appears to turn against Toby for this tragedy and now Annabelle must find a way to piece this puzzle back together while at the same time, keeping Toby safe. Toby is a reclusive veteran that doesn’t do much but take pictures of wildlife and nature.

Wolf Hollow is set in western Pennsylvania, where Lauren Wolk’s family lived for years. Both her parents grew up there but since her mother lived on a farm with a loving family, like Annabelle, it almost seemed perfect that that should be the inspiration for the story.

I would recommend this book to someone who loves mystery mixed in with tragedy and sadness, mainly for 10 – 13 year olds.

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 08:56 am

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