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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow
Lauren Wolk
Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

Normally I’m a big fan of historical fiction, but Wolf Hollow just didn’t grab me. The plot was slow-moving, the book was long, and it took me forever to read. I didn’t like many of the characters, either.  There were plenty of bullies, and a few gentle people that were often victims. While I especially didn’t like Aunt Lily, I think everyone knows someone exactly like her, so I was amused by her. She was one of the most memorable characters. Even though I didn’t particularly care for the book myself, it was a creative, well-constructed story and I could see it winning awards.