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Wolf Hollow

'Wolf Hollow' by Lauren Wolk is an incredibly gripping book which made me experience a vast amount of emotions whilst reading. The book contains many similarities with Harper Lee's infamous, 'To Kill A Mockingbird', with Toby's character having aspects of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley embedded into his experiences (of how people treated him, and his private ways).
The book, similarly to other books I've read (for example, 'The Bone Sparrow' by Zara Fraillon - another book in the shortlist) uses the perspective of a young child to portray certain horrors in our society in a clear, and candid way.
Annabelle's character was one that you can't help but love, and reading the story through her eyes created a very touching feel to the book that would've been missed had Wolk chosen any other character perspective.
Whilst the book took longer to get into, once the main events started to form, the book became an absolute page turner - making me unable to put it down.
Wolk has written such a beautiful book which tells such a poignant story with a trace of bitter sweetness embedded into every chapter. The characters were all very realistic and each possessed so much depth, that fuels the reader to question why they are like the way they are, hence adding to the touching effect of the book.
I'd definitely recommend reading x

Posted on: 6th April 2017 at 07:54 pm

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