Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

eBook - 2016
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A Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

"Wolf Hollow has stayed with me long after I closed the book. It has the feel of an instant classic." —Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water
"This book matters." —Sara Pennypacker, New York Times bestselling author of Pax

Despite growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and though her bullying seems isolated at first, it quickly escalates. Toby, a reclusive World War I veteran, soon becomes the target of Betty's attacks. While others see Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. And as tensions mount in their small community, Annabelle must find the courage to stand as a lone voice for justice.
The brilliantly crafted debut of Newbery Honor– and Scott O'Dell Award–winning author Lauren Wolk (Beyond the Bright Sea, Echo Mountain), Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl's resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of history.

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group


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Jan 21, 2020

Good children’s historical fiction that adults can enjoy. I really liked Annabelle and her wholesome family, the small rural town atmosphere, and her friendship with war veteran Toby. Includes topics of bullying, acceptance of others, kindness and courage. A Goodreads reviewer mentioned the parallels between this book and To Kill a Mockingbird. Once she pointed that out, I could definitely see it: An unjust accusation against an odd town member, an event that will forever affect the child, a friendship between a child and the odd adult, the mockingbird/wolf analogy. Very well written. I couldn’t put it down. Read it in a day.

ArapahoeKati Apr 29, 2019

Wow! I couldn't put Wolf Hollow down. It covers so much, from bullying to friendships, to morality, history and more. Teachers, what a great read aloud, and you could build a lesson plan off of it. Definitely a novel I would read aloud to my own children.

ArapahoeSusanW Apr 04, 2019

An excellent Junior fiction novel that deftly handles numerous issues including bullying, intolerance and PTSD. The masterful storytelling elevates it from a typical junior fiction to a powerful story that choked me up in the end. "Wolf Hollow" is a fantastic way to get some history and enjoy a compelling novel for all ages.

Mar 23, 2019

Amazing read, I read it in three days because I couldn't put it down!!! You get sucked into the story right from the start, and uncover mysteries within the story along with the main character . This story made me cry in several parts, I really do recommend this book!

DPLjulie Nov 02, 2018

I couldn't put it down. Presenting hard issues in a thoughtful and compelling way, I'd say this book is geared more towards teens than middle grades.

Aug 24, 2018

this book is sad, scary, and thought provoking

Apr 06, 2018

Not only is the setting, character development, and plot complex and richly developed, but this title offers so many topics of discussion: Bullying, Homelessness, Veterans, Family, Complexity of truth, Prejudice (not racial), Misjudgments, Coming of Age, etc. Highly recommended for all book discussion groups from ages 10 and up!

Mar 29, 2018

We read this book as a family while on holiday. Myself, my husband and 12 year old were captivated by this intriguing story. The slow reveal of the plot keeps one interested and you can't help but to become invested in the main character Annabelle. We laughed and cried.

kirstd31 Feb 21, 2018

I loved this book. I could not put it down. It is a great book about bullying and how things can spiral out of control in a small town.

rtalps Oct 11, 2017

An excellently written book about standing up for what you believe in and the nature of forgiveness. Wolk has a beautiful way of setting the scene in this quiet but powerful book.

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Mar 23, 2019

blue_bee_2537 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

cmlibrary_rkimray Aug 14, 2017

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14

Jul 20, 2017

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cmlibrary_rkimray Aug 14, 2017

Violence: Parents should know that the bully in this story is physically violent, causing a child to lose an eye and killing a quail in the woods. The ending also involves a death, which sensitive readers may not be prepared for.

Aug 21, 2016

Other: it can be upsetting in the end.For a 9 or 10 year old hard to digest death and an upsetting ending.


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Mar 23, 2019

Annabelle must protect her brothers, and world war veteran, and herself from a bully. When the bully starts to physically hurt people and blames it on "Toby" the war veteran, Annabelle has to protect him from the village


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