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Wolf Hollow

Written by: Lauren Wolk
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 and strength help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.

©2016 Lauren Wolk (P)2016 Listening Library

What the critics say

"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 best-selling author of Pax)
"Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns." ( Kirkus)
"The narrative is powerful, complex, and lifelike...a truly moving debut." ( School Library Journal)

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  • vickiholm
  • 2017-03-01

A friend recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed.

I would recommend it to anyone.
Although it was a middle school level I found the story held my attention and had enough twists in it to make it a little exciting and kept my interest.

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  • Alyse Stolz
  • 2017-02-07

Beautiful, but not realistic

I wanted to love this book. The story in and of itself has great meaning, is beautifully written, and is performed well- however I started to get frustrated with the practicality of the plot. I kept being reminded that the main character is only 11- which becomes increasingly harder to believe with all that unfolds. I suppose anything is possible, but this fact kept making me question the greater meaning of the book and had me frustrated with the scenarios. It seems almost too far fetched and extreme for what it's trying to teach, which disappointed me.

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  • Raelene Vautrin
  • 2017-11-29

Amazing Book...not just for YA

I read this book as a professional duty to mentor some fifth graders for the Helen Ruffin Bowl but it turned out that it wasn’t a duty but a joy. It is not a light read and it addresses some dark issues. I loved the the author trusted her audience to handle them without getting easy answers and quick fixes. In the main character of Annabelle the author has created a strong female lead who will be compared with other young heroines like Scout Finch. The book has important themes and I wasn’t surprised that it was initially written for adults but I hope young readers will flock to it as it’s beautifully written and full of wisdom. I will be curious to hear what the fifth graders thought of it.

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  • wb
  • 2017-07-06

Good story, Unsatisfying ending

The story was extremely engaging and well crafted. While the ending was more true to life, I read for pleasure and would have been more satisfied with a "happier" ending where good is rewarded and evil is punished. But I guess it's good for my teenager to learn that this doesn't always/usually happen.

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  • HappyReader
  • 2017-05-29

Not for middle grade

This is a well-written book, but it's too dark for for upper-elementary or lower-middle readers. Reviews typically compare to To Kill a Mockingbird. Even that book is more of a high school read.

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  • Peachie_Mommie
  • 2019-07-27

Great story that reveals the complexities of life

I was recommended this book by a fellow ELA teacher and I highly recommend it to you! I read this with my 10 & almost 12 yr old and we loved it!!! The story starts a little slow, but develops into a tale of woe and overcoming. It was great to see the characters and storyline develop. I would definitely read more by this author.

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  • Michael Lesko
  • 2019-05-05

An amazing story called wolf Hollow

This book was an amazing book if you like books about war and deaths but not to murders then read or listen to this tragic but amazing book.

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  • D. Brown
  • 2019-04-28

loved it! it was a great book with a good story <br /><br />

was great! I loved it and it was a great story. I would read it again.

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  • Marti
  • 2019-04-17

Loved it

Great story! Could not put it down, had to start again when I fell asleep

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-02

Beautiful!

They were so many times I didn't want to reach my destination so that I could keep listening. A reminder that we don't really know people by how they look or always what they say - or don't say.