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Wolf Hollow

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  21,267 ratings  ·  3,619 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, deckle edge, 291 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Kelly Veatch I am an elementary school librarian. I would recommend this book for my 4/5 graders for sure. I would classify this for middle grades. I have 16 year …moreI am an elementary school librarian. I would recommend this book for my 4/5 graders for sure. I would classify this for middle grades. I have 16 year old and 13 year old daughters, and I think they would think this book to be too young for them. Kids deal with bullies all the time. Children's books deal with tough issues such as bullying, death, etc. many times. This is how kids learn about the world. (less)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I liked most of this book very much. Set during World War II, it's the story of Annabelle, whose idyllic farm life and friendship with an older war veteran named Toby is threatened when a bully (view spoiler) named Betty moves into town.

Things I enjoyed: the rural Pennsylvania setting, Annabelle's family (particularly her parents), the friendship with Toby, and the explanation behind the title Wolf Hollow, which is also the name of the town. My favor
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully simple yet emotionally intense and deep, well-written story!

Set in 1943, this is the story of 11-year-old Annabelle.

A nice book to read. Indeed, a goodread!
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Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! A story about bullies and being a decent human being. I'd recommend to YAs and adults alike. Wolk weaved a wonderful story from beginning to end... This was her debut and I must say a very good one. I recently read Beyond the Bright Sea and it doesn't compare to this.. ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A wolf is not a dog and never will be," he said, "no matter how you raise it."

There is a girl, a bully, a family and a loner.

Bad things happen.

There is fear, and strength, false accusations, and true affection.

Sad things happen.

Above all, there is grace in the presence of utter cruelty.
Brandy Painter
I almost want to start a whole new shelf just for this "middle-grade-except-not-really".

Yes, it is yet another much hyped and lauded MG book of 2016 I don't like. It will be easy for many to dismiss me as simply having a contrary year, but really why the love for this book in the kidlit world? It is extremely well written. It is not a book for children though. I'm not saying this in a way that means "teacher book" like I would call Pax or that it's like a Pixar movie in book form like I would ca
I read this aloud to my almost 15yr old daughter and right up to last 2 chapters this was a 5 star read but ending was just so devastatingly sad, realistic yes, but we were both surprised for a young adult book to end in such a bleak way. This book contained it's fair share of realism, a realistic depiction of bullying, PTSD and what lies can do. We had really grown to love these characters so to find in the final pages (view spoiler) ...more
I know one should never judge a book by it's cover, yet I saw the title and the cover and I knew I wanted to read this. I had no idea what it would be about. I thought it might be a fantasy story. It was so much more than I expected and so deep.

This is set in the 40s during the war. Annabeth lives in a small farm town in Pennsylvania where life is idyllic. Then a girl her age moves in named Betty. Betty is one of those people that only want to see the world burn. She is a leaf from the page of
Sara Grochowski
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOLF HOLLOW is a masterfully written, moving story set in the shadow of World War II about a young girl named Annabelle who must stand strong when confronted by a manipulative tyrant. When Annabelle rebuffs the demands of the local bully, Betty Glengarry, she unintentionally shifts the attention of the Betty's dark schemes unto the solitary World War I veteran Toby. When Betty goes missing, the town immediately suspects Toby of wrongdoing. Annabelle, certain that the gentle, scarred Toby would n ...more
It was good, but I was expecting more. It didn't grab my attention from the beginning and I was not that eager to continue my reading. On the other hand, some aspects were really touching and I liked Toby's character. I would recommend this book to middle grade readers without hesitation!

3.5 stars rounded down
Destinee Sutton
I really loved this book. It's gorgeously written, full of wisdom, and hard to put down. The thing is, I'm not entirely convinced it's a children's book. Someone told me the author originally imagined it being marketed to adults but she was persuaded to turn it into a middle grade novel. Even if that's not true, it seems true. Like The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, this book is complex enough for any adult, but happens to follow the experiences of a young person. Does that in its ...more
Laura Harrison
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I just reread Wolf Hollow and feel like I have to revise my initial opinions. They were mostly based on the authors writing skill which is apparent. The descriptions in Wolf Hollow are extensive and well researched. I'm not so sure that writing children's books, however, is where her talent lies. As an extensive reader of children's books (part of my career), I am somewhat of an expert on sad, depressing children's titles. Some years ago we were inundated by them. Don't get me started on Kira-Ki ...more
Susan Berlin
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolf Hollow is the kind of book where, with about 20 pages left to read, you start hoping there's a sequel because you don't want it to end. Extremely well-written, not a single unnecessary word, no fat to trim. Suspenseful, intriguing and compelling all the way through. A very good read! ...more
zane deann
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am extremely disappointed. For a lot of reasons.

I'm disappointed that this kind of book is put in the children's section at the library. I'm disappointed that the story was so dark and disturbing. I'm even disappointed that the story didn't live up to the pretty cover.

This is NOT a book I would EVER recommend to children. Ever, ever, ever. It makes me cringe to think of my little sister reading this - I would never give this to her. It was hard for me to read as a sixteen-year-old.

The writin
Lori Tatar
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk and must say that it is one of the best coming-of-age stories I have ever read. It can be shelved proudly alongside others like The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird and Where the Red Fern Grows, a few of my favorites. It illustrates how sometimes even doing the right thing isn't neccesarily the best thing, and the most important decisions are seldom the easiest. It also shows that sometimes, regardless of our actions and intentions, we can only ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great young adult book about bullies and knowing who you are.
A hard look at the way we treat others: strangers, friends, and family, set against the backdrop of a small farm community during WWII. A tragic book, not maudlin or unnecessarily grim, but definitely not a cheerful story. I have heard nothing but praise for it, even before the Newbery Honor, and I hope it continues to hold people's attention, because it should be widely read. ...more
Maybe I should be giving Lauren Wolk’s 2017 Newbery Honour Wolf Hollow more of a chance before deciding on not finishing. But honestly, after about a hundred odd pages of almost continuously dreary and painful historical fiction (set in WWII, in rural Pennsylvania) and an extremely slow paced writing style that kind of makes the resulting reading discomfort even more in my proverbial face so to speak, even more lacking in any kind of joy, I have decided on an attitude of ABSOLUTELY NO MORE and t ...more
Kayla Overbey
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
[No spoilers] This is not a happy book. What did I like most about it? It tackled some really heavy topics, such as death, depression and mental illness, and bullying. And the cover - that cover is gorgeous.

What did I NOT like about it?
1) It didn't feel like it was set in the 1940s. The setting felt older than that to me.
2) Those heavy topics weren't really fleshed out enough for my liking or well enough to explain to kids. I can't imagine reading this as a child and understanding what Toby'
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Countless greats of American juvenile literature went their entire careers without winning a Newbery, so when an author earns a Newbery Honor on her first attempt, as Lauren Wolk did for Wolf Hollow in 2017, it's worth noting. The novel strikes a different tone from most youth literature, creating an atmosphere of unease and suspense that keeps the reader flipping pages. It's 1943, the year Annabelle McBride will turn twelve years old. No part of society is unaffected by the two world wars of th ...more
Victoria Scott
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully raw novel for all ages. One of those stories that whisks you away to another time and place, and makes you feel love, hate, and a rainbow of emotions in between. Splendid!
Reread this year for a work project. A powerful read.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in the countryside of Pennsylvania during the second world war, Annabelle's life is turned upside down when Betty comes to town. Betty is a bully of the worst kind: everyone believes her and can't see past the façade.

Annabelle is friends with enigmatic Toby - he is former soldier that is suffering from what can only be PTSD. Toby lives on the periphery of the town and so is automatically an outcast, but Annabelle's family always shows him kindness.

The story goes in a direction that has the
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
This book is gripping and masterfully written. It distresses and surprises. It will break your heart while expanding it.

"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..."

These were fitting lines of a first chapter to read in November of 2016.
The Captain
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! I loved the author's book beyond the bright sea and thought it was past time I read this book.  It was on me list longer as it be a Newbery Honor book and I heard of it first. In comparison to her other book, this one was so different in tone.  It was not light-hearted and I wasn't expecting that as I had long ago forgotten the blurb. I listened to the first part on audiobook and then switched to ebook so I could finish it faster.

This story follows Annabelle who lives on a
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

Well! I was surprised by this book. Picked up this book because a lot of other people i knew were reading it and someone recommended it(well a few). At first i was thinking that it was going to be a soft book with a reasonable dilemma but toned down from its reality. This book was NOT THAT.

This book "stars" a young girl named Annabelle. She lives on a rural farm in a town in WWII era Pennsylvania. She meets Betty, a wonderful little girl, who is nothing but a BULLY. I couldn't figure out from t
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the very few YA level books that I'm glad I read in the last 5 years. This one is 3.5 stars and I rounded it up because there are SO FEW in this category which hold any water anymore. They all seem like nearly empty angst jugs or something. And also they're messy. IMHO, this genre holds both poor writing and/or any lack of meaningful depth which isn't a by product of high melodrama any more. This book is an exception.

It's rather overall not only a poignant family carving but also
Ms. Yingling
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
ARC from Baker and Taylor

Annabelle lives in a small, rural town in Pennsylvania in 1943. Her school is crowded, but she shares a desk with her friend Ruth, who is quiet and pleasant, much like Annabelle's life. When Betty Glengarry moves to town to be raised by her grandparents, that changes. Betty waits for Annabelle on her walk home, and demands money or things, and hits Annabelle when she stands up to her and refuses to give her anything. Betty also threatens Annabelle's younger brothers, and
I have a favorite bookstore at the beach. They are always well stocked and have a staff that is extremely well read. In fact, one of my favorite aspects of this shop is their "Staff Recommendations" sections in the front of the store. I had gone into the shop this spring looking for a new YA book that I had on my list and one of the sales clerks overheard me asking at the front desk, ran to the back of the store and came back with this book. She was a very quiet, shy young girl and yet her enthu ...more
Scott Fillner
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING book! I am definitely not the first to call it, but will echo many of the voices I have heard, which have said this is a Newbery contender.

The story and the character development was so well done. You instantly fall in love, out of favor, and are so unsure what to make of characters in this novel. By the end, it all becomes clear to you, but not all emotion will be resolved for you (at least it hasn't yet for me). The story itself is so original and will have you literally devouring your
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Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author of the bestselling Newbery Honor–winning Wolf Hollow, described by the New York Times Book Review as "full of grace and stark, brutal beauty." 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. ...more

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