Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

eBook - 2016
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A young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying. Critics agree—Wolf Hollow is the most powerful middle grade debut of the year!★ An NPR Best Book of 2016 ★ A Booklist Best Book of 2016★ An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016★ A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2016★ A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016★ A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2016"This exquisite debut confronts injustice and doesn't flinch." —People "[A] powerful debut . . . beautifully written." —The Wall Street Journal"Wrenching and true. . . . comparisons to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will abound. But Wolk gives us her own story—one full of grace and stark, brutal beauty." —The New York Times Book Review"When reviewers draw a parallel between Mockingbird and Lauren Wolk's Wolf Hollow, they are being neither hyperbolic, nor lazy. They are merely doing justice to Wolk's beautiful story." — NPR, Best Books of 2016 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 while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. Brilliantly crafted, 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 our history. "The honesty of Wolf Hollow will just about shred your heart, but Annabelle's courage and compassion will restore it to you, fuller than before. This book matters." —Sara Pennypacker, New York Times bestselling author of Pax"An evocative setting, memorable characters, a searing story: 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
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 647 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101994832

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In post-WW II America, 12-year-old Annabelle struggles to stand up against a bully who targets people she cares about.


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BNBookGroup
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!

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Olivy
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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guantina
Jun 26, 2017

I loved this book! It had an interesting storyline throughout, while also touching upon dark and serious matters during the war. Annabelle is a strong and selfless character who proves over and over again to be a resilient individual. Along with other unique characters, the author created a very powerful story which left me with a haunting feeling.

LPL_LaurenT Apr 21, 2017

Haunting and vivid, you’ll feel like you’ve fallen into 1940s Pennsylvania within sentences of starting Wolf Hollow. Protagonist Annabelle’s peaceful town of Wolf Hollow is sent into a tailspin when Betty Glengarry moves to town. Annabelle falls prey to Betty’s mean streak and as one act of bullying is followed by escalating cruelty, Annabelle knows she has to take a stand. Betty targets Toby, a WWI veteran, as her scapegoat, but Annabelle knows Toby’s kindness, and she refuses to let Betty to heap her crimes upon strange, quiet Toby. Annabelle’s world is well-formed and beautifully described. Her heart and pluck immediately put her on the level of other literary heroines, and this book has widely been described by book critics as an “instant classic” and “reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird.” There’s a considerable about of hype, but Wolf Hollow lives up to it.

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ttmagin
Apr 17, 2017

A book about bullying and lies. Interesting but deep. A middle school book for grades 6-8.

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Bell_Fleck
Feb 24, 2017

While I agree with the other comments listed here that the book is very well-written and deals with serious issues that do need to be discussed, I think there's a huge need to consider the impact of the book on its intended readership. I'm assuming the book is intended for middle school age as young as 11 or 12 as that's the age of its protagonist, Annabelle. While I value the abilities of twelve year-olds to engage difficult issues, I will nonetheless assert here that twelve year olds are still developing a lot cognitively and emotionally. Therefore they need guidance and affirmation when encountering content like that which is found in Wolf Hollow. I think Wolf Hollow fails to be sensitive enough to this reality. Unless this book is read in classrooms, it will be read independently by young people who pull it off the shelf. If these children are like me, they will not think nor want to share their thoughts on the book with their parents or other adults, not as a general rule. They'll consume it and return it to the library. I think the gravity of this book's contents make this independent reading of the book a serious problem. The motif of the disappearance of a young girl and the possibility of her kidnap, murder, (and possible rape?), is an extremely grave one. It is a really scary and complex situation to consider emotionally and thus equally complex to think through. I think it is very possible young readers may read this independently and get stuck at the emotional effect of the story and not have the tools to think through it and, therefore, be able to lay it aside. I do not think Lauren Wolk writes Wolf Hollow in a way that satisfactorily facilitates this cognitive process for the age group for which the book is intended.

SquamishLibraryStaff Feb 21, 2017

Very worthy to be a Newbery short-list title. It's beautifully written and it hits on some heavy and dark themes in a gentle and thoughtful way. It's a page-turner. I highly recommend it to all ages.
Check out all the comments below. So well received.

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Quietday
Feb 14, 2017

This book was outstanding. It dealt with so many issues through the eyes of both parents and youth, and stayed interesting through the entire thing. I would highly recommend it for young adult readers. It causes you to reflect a lot about preconceived biases about people who are outside the norm and how we treat them. It reminds us that sometimes children are closer to the true heart of a situation than the adults around them, especially in instances like the bullying between Betty and Annabelle. How does one determine who is truthful and who is not? Sometimes people care more about confirming their own suspicions than justice.

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cmlibrary_rkimray Aug 14, 2017

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

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donutwombat
Jul 20, 2017

donutwombat thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

LibrarianDest Oct 07, 2016

LibrarianDest thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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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.

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red_cat_8498
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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