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Emily Robson , Sutton Girls

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow - Review

This book is set in the autumn of 1943 in Pennsylvania, where this season darkens the nights so the headstrong Annabelle McBride is free to scamper into the moonlight, unwatched. The little village of 'Wolf Hollow' becomes more embroiled in events where the inhabitants are unsure what is truth or lie. Not only are there dramatic events such as a young girl losing her eye and a bully disappearing, but in Europe the Second World War is raging.

The purpose of 'Wolf Hollow' is to tell people that you can't judge a book by its cover. Toby an outcast, recovering from the trauma of World War One, spends his time wandering the hills which is considered by many as odd and frightening. Guns are slung across his back and his left hand bears a livid scar on it. The McBride family take pity on him when people blame him for the notorious events which occur but others are suspicious and pursue him until eventually he is shot, though unjustified, by a policeman.

Written through the character of Annabelle, the reader soon admires the determination and independence of her mind. She is steadfast in her defence of Toby and attempts to defend him against any accusations put against him.

This book is successful with its purposes as the message is put across but in a light manner with a conversational tone so that this book is suitable for a younger age group. However, there are slightly distressing parts when the Annabelle is beaten with a stick and when the bully, Betty, wrings the neck of a quail. These sections were surprising but necessary for the reader to understand the cruelty of Annabelle's nemesis.

Annabelle's bully Betty, was one of my favourite characters as she was one of the most well rounded and believable. She was human and had flaws: constantly spinning a relentless string of lies. Her death was surprising as she failed to survive an accidental fall down a well. Even in her dying days, Betty still attempted to cause trouble by blaming Toby for her predicament.

I found this story realistic, the characters believable and are put across to the reader as heartfelt and charming. The shocking death of the gentle outsider, Toby, is counterbalanced by the discovery that he was awarded a medal of honour from the First World War. For me, the message is that it is unacceptable to judge someone by appearance, background, and habits. Overall, it was a thought proving tale of a quiet but friendly recluse.


By Emily Robson 8L/8CMA

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 07:14 pm

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