Mrs W, Esher Church of England High School
This is a deceptively simple book which lingered in my head after I'd read it because of the brilliantly evocative setting - rural Pennsylvania in 1943. I felt completely immersed and loved the little details of daily life.
Eleven-year-old Annabelle is a likeable, safe narrator - forthright and keen to do the right thing, secure in her loving family, despite her narrow-minded Aunt Lily. We feel her shock when she's confronted by newcomer Betty who is cruel and sly. Annabelle involves her parents - I particularly liked how supportive they were - but ultimately she is on her own as she attempts to help then defend Toby, a German ex-soldier who lives in the woods.
I was intrigued how the book would end and it resolved in a way I hadn't expected. I did think that there could have been more backstory for Betty. I kept waiting to find out why she'd been sent to Wolf Hollow to stay with her grandparents and was disappointed this wasn't addressed.
Posted on: 19th May 2017 at 10:04 pm
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