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A 2017 Newbery Honor BookNew York Times BestsellerA young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying. ★ An NPR Best Book of the Year★ A Booklist Best Book of the Year★...
A 2017 Newbery Honor BookNew York Times BestsellerA young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying. ★ An NPR Best Book of the Year★ A Booklist Best Book of the Year★...
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  • 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



  • From the cover


    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.


    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...

About the Author-

  • Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author. She is the bestselling author of two novels for young readers, Newbery Honor–winning Wolf Hollow (2016) and Beyond the Bright Sea (2017). 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.


  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Emily Rankin brings us into the world of 11-year-old Annabelle. Her voice is soft and gentle, reflecting Annabelle's tranquil life on a quiet Pennsylvania farm during WWII--that is, until Rankin contrasts Annabelle's thoughtful tone with the menace in the voice of Betty Glengarry, a bully. Rankin registers Annabelle's fear of Betty's increasing mockery, lies, and threats. Annabelle's reactions to Betty echo her discomfort with the larger world, which seems to be dissolving her innocence as prejudice and cruelty overtake her rural town. Rankin's precise tone also gives a sense of the calmness of Annabelle's mother, the narrow-mindedness of Annabelle's snippy aunt, and the reticence of a kindly WWI veteran. Rankin's shifting voice captures the growing ugliness in Annabelle's formerly idyllic town and her determination to take a stand against it. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
  • 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.

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