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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow is a thought-provoking book that I enjoyed very much. I really liked the first line:

'The year I turned 12, I learned how to lie.'

It is set in WWII, though it was in truth one of the elements I didn't really understand, as nothing was centred around it; the novel could have been in a rural farm in Pennsylvania at other times in the century. However, I can't say anything else that I didn't like, so in my eyes it's a very good book.

The main character of the book is Annabelle, born to a quite quiet family in a countryside farm. All is calm, and the only things she worries about are her excitable little brothers and a few annoying boys at her school. There is nothing, whatsoever, that she needs to lie about.

Then one day, Betty Glengarry starts at her school. She is a bully, who takes pride in hurting and being spiteful to other children. There are many 'accidents' of which her friends get hurt, even her brothers. Annabelle suspects Betty and tells her parents, but when they confront Betty's grandparents, Betty pretends she is the victim and avoids trouble. Instead, suspicion falls on Toby, a ragged man living in the woods who barely talks.

The day when Annabelle tries to prove the community wrong, Betty doesn't turn up to school. She left her house but didn't come back. Suspicion arouses even more. Betty becomes the victim. Toby must be her kidnapper.
Annabelle needs to protect Toby; she knows he didn't take her - but how can she prove it? One of the themes in the book is morals: how much is Annabelle prepared to lie and cover up, before it gets out of control? Who should she tell? Where is Betty?

It is a thrilling book which I urge you to read. I couldn't put it down when I got into it. Annabelle, before a quiet and well-behaved girl, changes to a braver, and more determined person. It is interesting seeing the differences of her characters at the start and finish. When someone changes throughout a book, the reader can see it well, and I like watching her change in many ways. I would recommend the book to anyone of 12 years and over and rate it 4.2/5 stars.

Posted on: 27th March 2017 at 05:22 pm

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