Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

Book - 2016
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A 2017 Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

A young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying.

★ An NPR Best Book of the Year
★ A Booklist Best Book of the Year
★ An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of the Year
★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
★ A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
★ A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
★ A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year
★ An ALA Notable Children's Book

"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: New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101994849
Branch Call Number: j F WOLK L
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 22 cm


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Wolf Hollow is a beautiful, haunting story. Annabelle lives in a small town during WWII and begins to be bullied by a girl named Betty. Soon right, wrong, lies and truth wrap Annabelle up and show her that the world is much more complex than she thought it was. Assumptions, friendship, family and... Read More »

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 bully... Read More »

LPL_JennyC Sep 13, 2016

Wolf Hollow is a sadly beautiful, haunting story. Annabelle lives in a small town during WWII and begins to be bullied by a girl named Betty. Soon right and wrong and lies and truth wrap Annabelle up and show her that the world is much more complex than she thought it was. While Betty torments An... Read More »

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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.

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.

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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

donutwombat thinks this title is suitable for 10 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.

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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