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Wolf Hollow
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Wolf Hollow
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
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
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    PROLOGUE

    The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.

    I don't mean the small fibs that children tell. I mean real lies fed by real fears—things I said and did that took me out of the life I'd always known and put me down hard into a new one.

    It was the autumn of 1943 when my steady life began to spin, not only because of the war that had drawn the whole world into a screaming brawl, but also because of the dark-hearted girl who came to our hills and changed everything.

    At times, I was so confused that I felt like the stem of a pinwheel surrounded by whir and clatter, but through that whole unsettling time I knew that it simply would not do to hide in the barn with a book and an apple and let events plunge forward without me. It would not do to turn twelve without earning my keep, and by that I meant my place, my small authority, the possibility that I would amount to something.

    But there was more to it than that.

    The year I turned twelve, I learned that what I said and what I did mattered.

    So much, sometimes, that I wasn't sure I wanted such a burden.

    But I took it anyway, and I carried it as best I could.


    CHAPTER ONE

    It began with the china piggy bank that my aunt Lily had given me for my fifth Christmas.

    My mother was the one who noticed when it went missing.

    "Are you hiding your piggy bank, Annabelle?" She was scrubbing down the baseboards in my bedroom while I put away my summer clothes. She must have noticed that the bank was missing because there was little else in my small room beyond the furniture itself and the windows, a comb and a brush and a book beside my bed. "Nobody's going to take your things," she said. "You don't need to hide them." She was on her hands and knees, her whole body wagging as she scrubbed, the soles of her black work shoes turned up for a change.

    I was glad she couldn't see my face. I was folding a too-pink church dress that I hoped to outgrow by next spring, and I imagined that my face was turning the same awful color.

    When I'd come home from school that day, I had shaken the china pig to get out a penny and had dropped it by mistake, breaking it into bits and spilling out the coins that I'd been saving for years and which must have added up to nearly ten dollars by now. I had buried the pieces of broken china beyond the kitchen garden and gathered the coins in an old hankie, tied up the corners, and hidden the bundle in a winter boot under my bed along with the silver dollar that my grandfather had given to me on my last birthday, from his collection.

    I had never put that silver dollar in my bank because I didn't think of it as money. It was like a medal that I imagined wearing someday, so beautiful was the woman on it, so splendid and serious in her spiky crown.

    And I determined that I would part with a penny, maybe even more, but I would not give up that silver dollar to the terrible girl waiting on the path that led into Wolf Hollow.


    Every day, to get to school, I walked with my brothers—Henry, who was nine, and James, who was seven—down into Wolf Hollow and then back up out of it again to return home. And that was where a big, tough, older girl named Betty had said she'd be waiting for me after school.

    She had been sent from the city to stay with her grandparents, the Glengarrys, who lived above the bank of Raccoon Creek, just past the end of the lane to our farm. I'd been afraid of her since the day she appeared at the schoolhouse three weeks earlier.

    It was whispered that Betty had been sent to the country...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 14, 2016
    Echoing the tone and themes found in To Kill a Mockingbird and Summer of My German Soldier, this WWII story traces the unlikely friendship between a country girl and a shell-shocked veteran. Most people in Wolf Hollow, Pa., don't know what to make of Toby and his habit of circling the hills with "three long guns slung across his back." But he has always been kind to Annabelle, now 12, and he comes to her rescue when a bully torments her. After Toby is accused of a crime he didn't commit, Annabelle knows she has to take action, but her attempt to hide him from authorities spurs a chain of events that could lead to disaster. In her first book for children, Wolk (Those Who Favor Fire) movingly expresses Annabelle's loss of innocence through the honest, clear voice of her protagonist. Annabelle's astute observations of the Pennsylvania woods and the people who populate Wolf Hollow will resonate with many readers as they present a profound view of a complex era tinged by prejudice and fear. Ages 10–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from February 15, 2016
    Evil comes to rural Pennsylvania in an unlikely guise in this novel of the American homefront during World War II. Twelve-year-old Annabelle's coming-of-age begins when newcomer Betty Glengarry, newly arrived from the city to stay with her grandparents "because she was incorrigible," shakes her down for spare change in Wolf Hollow on the way to school. Betty's crimes quickly escalate into shocking violence, but the adults won't believe the sweet-looking blonde girl could be responsible and settle their suspicions on Toby, an unkempt World War I veteran who stalks the hills carrying not one, but three guns. Annabelle's strategies for managing a situation she can't fully understand are thoroughly, believably childlike, as is her single-minded faith in Betty's guilt and Toby's innocence. But her childlike faith implicates her in a dark and dangerous mystery that propels her into the adult world of moral gray spaces. Wolk builds her story deliberately through Annabelle's past-tense narration in language that makes no compromises but is yet perfectly simple: "Back then, I didn't know a word to describe Betty properly or what to call the thing that set her apart from the other children in that school." She realizes her setting with gorgeous immediacy, introducing the culture of this all-white world of hollows, hills, and neighbors with confidence and cleareyed affection. Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from April 1, 2016

    Gr 5-8-Eleven-year-old Annabelle lives in a rural Pennsylvania community in 1943. The continued fighting of World War II haunts everyone, but life is mostly peaceful-until Betty Glengarry's arrival. Betty is cruel and threatening and thrives on inflicting pain. At first, Annabelle is slightly comforted to know that Toby is watching out for her. Toby is a local vagabond, a World War I veteran of few words who has become something like a friend of Annabelle's family. Meanwhile, Betty's violent malice only grows, until one day she goes missing. Toby immediately becomes the prime suspect in Betty's disappearance. Annabelle is sure of Toby's innocence and is determined to prove it. Readers are alerted from the outset that this is the story of how the narrator loses her childish naivete in a life-altering way. The narrative is powerful, complex, and lifelike. There are pointlessly cruel people, courageously kind people, and those who simply pass the gossip. Despite the jaded feelings that come with witnessing unjust persecution, the heart of this story is ultimately one of hope and empathy. Thematically, this book raises some of the same issues as To Kill a Mockingbird, but with social status rather than racism as the basis for injustice. Vicious bullying is also a highly relevant topic, and this aspect is sure to spark important conversations. VERDICT Highly recommended for purchase; a truly moving debut.-Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books dictionary - ''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''- Everything was fine for Annabelle until Betty Glengarry comes to Wolf Hollow. Everyone is afraid of Betty. Nobody will stand up to her. And Annabelle is target. Until she threatens Annabelle, Toby pops out. Toby is a very strange man who fought in the war. He carries three very heavy guns everyday. Nobody knows much about Toby. Since Toby told Betty that if he touches Annabelle again, she'll be sorry. Now Toby is a target of her attacks. But when Ruth, Annabelle's bestfriend and a very skinny short girl, gets hit in the eye, everyone is now blaming Toby. Ruth also got blinded in one eye by this, so her parents are moving back to where they came from because of the accident. Even though Annabelle likes Toby and doesn't think he's behind this, she suspects Betty. Of course, why would it be so easy to blame Toby? Why is it so easy for everyone to accuse a German of an attack? Well, not long ago there was a a war with Germany. Now everyone is blaming the Germans for everything because of that war. But Annabelle's mother always says ''Never judge a book by it's cover.'' Later, Annabelle's brother, Henrey, gets struck in the forehead by a wire. Betty was near. Now Annabelle is sure that Betty is behind all this. So, Annabelle decides to tell her parents about Betty's threats. Once she does, her mother and father told her to promise not to lie, so she promises. But soon she would have to break the promise. Very strange, Betty goes missing the day they all go in court. Toby goes missing, too. The police thinks that Toby kidnapped her. Annabelle finds Toby, and he says he did not know that Betty was missing. He also told Annabelle he did not throw a rock at Ruth or set up the trap. He said he was trying to take a picture of Betty doing all this. Annabelle was right. Betty was behind all this. Soon Annabelle finds Betty stuck in a hole. The next morning, Betty died. The infection spread all over here. Now Annabelle had to convince Andrew, Betty's close friend, to admit Betty was behind all this. They were going to kill Toby. When Annabelle called Andrew, he said that it was no use to blame Betty now that she was dead. He wanted them to kill Toby. Later they found out the bloodhounds had found and killed Toby. Everything was weird but good without Betty. ''You're not God, and it would be arrogant to think so,'' Annabelle's mom always said.--THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE! 5/5
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