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Leonara, St Helen and St Katharine

Wolf Hollow

This book is written from the view of Annabelle, a 12 year old who lives at Wolf Hollow. Everything is very picturesque where Annabelle lives, and the author spends a lot of time describing (which I liked, but made the book quite slow-moving). One of the things I feel the author describes extremely well is Toby; a wild man who lives in an old barn, he is scarred from the war but very gentle. Annabelle trusts him completely, and after they lend him the camera (which gradually becomes his), Toby and Annabelle’s family gradually become firm friends. It seems to me that Annabelle’s life is practically perfect… Until the day Betty Glengarry arrives. She is a city girl, moved to the country to live with her grandparents as her own parents cannot handle her. She is also a bully, and picks on Annabelle particularly. One day Toby threatens Betty, but this provides the perfect excuse for Betty when she throws a rock at Anabelle, who is standing right next to a German. However this is still just school bullying, suddenly Betty doesn’t come to school, when the teacher rings home her grandparents say Betty left for school this morning as usual. Then Annabelle finds out that Toby seems to have gone to…
I really liked this book, I thought that it created very good images in my mind and skipped over the gory bits without leaving them out altogether (which I liked). It was also very sad at the end. The only I disliked was how much Betty lied- at first it was just lies to get her out of trouble- but it seemed a bit unlikely that she would have told such a big lie on her deathbed. However it was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I would give it 9.5/10.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 10:34 am

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