Jac McNulty, Chobham Academy Book Group
This is the story of a girl named Annabelle who lives in a quiet little rural town called Wolf Hollow and whose life is turned upside down by a bully called Betty Glengarry.
Betty’s bullying is cruel and unnecessary, but when Betty goes missing, the local people suspect a quiet loner called Toby, who is a friend of Annabelle’s. Annabelle tries to do what she can to protect her friend and learns a few things about loneliness, maturity and compassion along the way.
I was really looking forward to reading this book as I love books about small-town America where the focus is on community and people’s ‘ordinary’ lives. It didn’t disappoint. I read the book in two days because I couldn’t put it down! I really grew to love Annabelle as a character and her family and friends, including Toby, although the author keeps you cleverly wondering if he is as harmless as Annabelle believes. I think that the author could have made more of the fact that the book was set in 1943 – the story could really have been set in any time epoch and the only real indicators of this were the references to Toby’s life as a soldier returning from the war.
I found this a very easy book to read, with quite a gripping plot and an ending which I found quite unexpectedly devastating. This was a great read and I would highly recommend it. Another excellent book deserving of the Cilip Carnegie Medal!
Posted on: 4th April 2017 at 10:53 am
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