I listened to the audiobook of Wolf Hollow. It struck me as a beautifully written book with characters I found believable. I was definitely drawn to Annabelle, her mother, her father, and Toby. The story had a sense of foreboding to it that made me constantly on edge as to what we would learn or find next, and by the end I felt I knew what would happen, but hoped I was wrong. As many of you have pointed out, the ending is what it needed to be for the book to be as strong as it is.
So many things about this book to recommend it-- the beauty of the writing, the complete package of a sense of time and place, the excellent characterization, and the many opportunities for discussion that so many of you have alluded to. I found myself thinking that, in the political/social environment we find ourselves right now, this book speaks to a lot of the issues that are causing so much pain and grief and division in our world. This coming school year I will be teaching 3rd and 4th grade gifted/talented. If I were teaching the 5th grade class I was last year, I wouldn't hesitate to use this as a read-aloud. I'm going to have to see how much my 3rd graders from last year mature over the summer and into the first semester before I decide if I can share this with them. I definitely think it would have to be a read-aloud so we could appreciate all that's so great about it, but also to help the kids process the content.
This is one of the strongest books I've read-- for any age group-- in a long time.
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