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!