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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow is amazingly written, and is about Annabelle who lives in Wolf Hollow. She is a typical eleven year old who really wants to help others: cares about others before herself. Seen as she is the protagonist, she is my favourite character, because her feelings are brought to life, and it is interesting to see how an eleven year old girl would cope with a certain event happening: for example a stone landing in one of her friend's eyes.

In my opinion, she copes incredibly well in the given circumstances, and this makes it fun to read.
The plot is about Annabelle who lives in Wolf Hollow (in America) during world war two. Betty has just moved to the countryside out of the city, but is a real bully to Annabelle. For example, Betty requests that Annabelle will bring her something, and when she refuses, Betty gives her a "round, oval bruise" by whacking her with a stick. Annabelle befriends an odd fellow by the name of Toby who is a "wanderer". Betty barbarously bullies Toby by throwing stones and blaming him, cutting Annabelle's brothers with a wire, and blaming Toby, then blaming Toby for throwing her into a well.

Will Betty's lies be acknowledged, or will a manhunt for Toby commence?
Wolk (the author) uses great imagination to portray the different settings; however I have read different books that use a lot more description. The writer enticed me into wanting to read on, because I wanted to continue until the real action happened. Wolk builds up suspense through many severe incidents, then nearer to the end, chaos explodes, and several things happen at once. The whole book was full of action, adding to the suspense, and enticing the reader further.

There was one huge theme that the book revolved around: resilience. No matter what happened, Annabelle continued to strive towards her goals, and the incidents that happened to herself, her friends and her family only made her more determined to get to the bottom of the case. Anyone who reads this book would feel motivated. You would value your friendships even more, and feel incredibly glad that none of these events happened to you.
To conclude, this book was a different genre to those that I would usually read, and in my opinion, the only real variation to a typical book was the peculiar ending (an ending that I will not spoil!) It was a motivational read, however, I rarely found challenging language that brought the book to life, and the writer would have gotten away with holding the suspense for even further! This suspense allowed me to really get into the feelings of the characters, and the complex scenarios , testing friendship to the limit, brought the book to life.

Posted on: 29th March 2017 at 06:22 pm

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