Wolf Hollow (audiobook)
by Lauren Wolk
AR Level 4.9, 9 points
Wolf Hollow is the second book I’ve read by Lauren Wolk, although I liked Beyond the Bright Sea better. Both are mysteries, but this one seemed to have less action. It follows Annabelle, an almost 12 year old girl living in a farming town during World War II. Annabelle is an average girl, but is full of grit and compassion, except for when it comes to Betty, the school bully. Betty is relentless when it comes to bullying Annabelle and her brothers, but when she throws a rock that hits Annabelle’s friend in the eye (causing her to lose the eye), Annabelle can’t stay quiet, especially when Betty blames a local strange homeless man, Toby. Toby soon has to go into hiding when Betty goes missing, but Annabelle is certain Toby didn’t take Betty. She has to prove Toby’s innocence while protecting him from being found.
What I liked about this book was that it got me emotionally involved. First of all, I really had a lot of questions that needed to be answered. I needed to know where Betty was, and I was anxious to find out what would happen with Toby. I had to see this story through to the end, even if there were slow parts.
What I didn’t like about this book was how many slow parts there were. Oh my goodness… If I had been reading and not listening to the audiobook, I might have put this book down. While it is really well-written and a great example of small moments, it is like an Oscar movie, where I can see why it won an award (Newbery Honor), but it didn’t keep me entertained. It was almost artsy.
Book 18 of summer 2017!
Beyond the Bright Sea (ebook)
by Lauren Wolk
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I was a little cynical about this book, because I read a lot about Wolf Hollow by the same author, and I heard it was a children’s book written for adults. I have yet to read Wolf Hollow (I brought it home to read this summer), but I let it taint my initial feelings. Luckily, I read the book and developed a better opinion of Beyond the Bright Sea.
Crow washed up on the shore on one of the Elizabeth Islands near New Bedford, Massachusetts. She was only a few hours old and in a tiny leaking boat, but luckily, Osh found her and raised her like he would his own, although she always knew he was not her real father. It was rumored that she was born on Penikese Island, where there was a leprosy colony, so Crow was shunned by the townspeople, except for Miss Maggie, who isn’t afraid to touch her. One day, Crow discovers she has roots on Penikese, and she discovers who her parents were, as well as what they left behind for her. This is a story with a good mystery, but it it is also sad and humorous, and you will grow to like Crow, Osh, and Miss Maggie.
What I liked about this book was the way it kept me going. I started to figure out parts of the mystery, and I was frustrated that I would have to read the entire book for Crow to figure it out, but the author knew better- Crow figured it out shortly after I did as the reader, and I looked forward to unexpected twists after that.
What I didn’t like about this book was that Osh was so sad and hurt by Crow wanting to know about her real family. Osh, a tough, quiet man, was the stand in for Crow’s family, and he realized that she might not need him now that she learned who her family was. That made me sad, because I can imagine that my own (step) dad would feel the same if I wanted to spend more time with my biological father. I could relate to the situation.
Book 9 of summer 2017!