Wolf Hollow (Hardcover)
“The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie. The year I turned twelve, I learned that what I said and what I did mattered.” So begins the story of Annabelle, whose quiet life changes when a bully named Betty moves to town. Set between World Wars I and II in rural Pennsylvania, this powerful tale resonates with current day issues: bullying, the effects of war on soldiers and communities, the impact of a lie, the power of friendship, and the need to look beyond someone’s outward appearance.
This incredibly powerful book is a must-read book for kids and adults alike!
-Recommended by Virgie
The quiet life of twelve year-old Annabelle changes when a manipulative bully named Betty moves to her rural Pennsylvania town. The impact of a lie, the power of friendship, and the need to look beyond someone’s outward appearance are explored in this great coming-of-age story, which could be shelved proudly alongside To Kill a Mockingbird.
-Recommended by Virgie
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.
About the Author
Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author. She is the bestselling author of two novels for young readers, Newbery Honor-winning Wolf Hollow (2016) and Beyond the Bright Sea (2017). She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod.