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Rosie, Ashmole Academy

Wolf Hollow

Lauren Wolk's novel: Wolf Hollow is a heart-breaking, gripping yet quite mysterious story. It is set in Western Pennsylvania during WW2. Annabel (the protagonist) is a young teenaged school girl who lives with her family, grandparents and aunt on a farm. Annabel's calm and happy world is shattered when Betty arrives in the village. Betty is a despicable bully who makes it her task to make Annabel and others feel lonely and hurt. Throughout Wolf Hollow, themes and ideas of discrimination and the right to education are developed.

I'm not sure what to think of this book as I enjoyed it and wanted to continue reading, however, I wouldn't want to read the book again and even though the novel contained sad parts, I didn't feel overwhelmed and really emotional. However, my favourite character in the book was Toby- a lonely soldier who is wrongly accused of many deeds that he didn't do. I particularly liked Toby because even though he was discriminated against for his character and was wrongly accused, he still remained quite positive and didn't seek revenge, he also remained truthful (which is also another motif developed throughout the book) and he helped and rescued Betty even though she had been horrible to him.

Even though I quite liked the book, I would have wanted more action in the book. Also, I would exaggerate the actions that Betty did and include more deeds and make them seem more drastic to make the book even more heart-wrenching and gripping.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the book because I did want to read on but it wasn't my favourite book. I would recommend this book to teenagers as it isn't very difficult to read and, it covers more than one genre. In conclusion, I would rate this book a 7 out of 10 because I enjoyed it but it could've been a little bit more exaggerated and heart-breaking.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 06:59 pm

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