Book Title: Wolf Hollow
Author: Lauren Wolk
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Disclaimer: I received this free sample from NetGalley in exchange for an un-biased review.
Samples are interesting things. This is the second sample I’ve received from NetGalley for review and it’s a different process for sure. There isn’t much to go on. The bare beginnings of a story, all set-up and no closure. However, you can definitely tell a couple of things from a sample. First, is it readable? Second, does it make you want to buy the book? Wolf Hollow is both readable and buyable.
The book description on Amazon reads, “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.”
The book has potential. The sample I read introduced the main character, sweet young Annabelle and her farming family, all of them salt-of-the-earth people. It also serves to introduce the antagonist for the novel, Betty. A character who is described as being no different from any other child in appearance but whose “footprints, which were deep and sharp and suggested that she was more freighted than she could possibly be.” Sounds promising. What is weighing this girl down, besides her propensity to violence? I’d like to spend more time with this family and find out what more about how Annabelle will react to the new danger in her hometown.
The book is listed as 5-7 grade, so I can anticipate a nice easy read. I’m definitely looking into getting this as soon as a space opens up on my to-read list.