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Izzy, John Mason School - Abingdon

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow is an extraordinary tale about courage and lies. It begins with Annabelle, the protagonist, telling the reader that when she was twelve she learnt to lie. The theme of lying continues through the story as Annabelle has to hide a huge secret that will change her life, and is brought up again at the end.

The story centres around three main characters: Annabelle, Betty and Toby. Betty is a mean, cruel girl that appears one day at Annabelle’s school. It turns out that she has been moved to live with her grandparents in the village, although it is never revealed why. She relentlessly bullies Annabelle, her friends and her family until one day Betty mysteriously disappears. Toby is a war veteran, who wears only black and carries three guns at all times. He lives alone in the basement of an old, burnt down house, and is disliked in the village for being quiet and mysterious. Only Annabelle and her family, the residents of Wolf Hollow, like Toby, and give him food and gifts.

Toby is blamed for Betty’s disappearance, and as Wolf Hollow begin to lose faith in him, Annabelle is the only one left to find Betty and dispel rumours that Toby is a murderer.

Toby and Annabelle’s characters develop over the story as well: Annabelle goes from being an innocent little girl to being brave and strong-hearted, and Toby goes from being a mysterious loner to being an honourable war veteran.

I liked this book because it shows that, with perseverance and bravery, you can always do the right thing and fight for your beliefs, as Annabelle does. However, once Betty goes missing the pace of the book slowed slightly, but other than that it was a good read. I would give it an eight out of ten and would recommend it to all.

Posted on: 2nd May 2017 at 02:04 pm

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