Ahoy there me mateys! I loved the author’s book beyond the bright sea and thought it was past time I read this book. It was on me list longer as it be a Newbery Honor book and I heard of it first. In comparison to her other book, this one was so different in tone. It was not light-hearted and I wasn’t expecting that as I had long ago forgotten the blurb. I listened to the first part on audiobook and then switched to ebook so I could finish it faster.
This story follows Annabelle who lives on a small farm in Pennsylvania. In her twelfth year, a new girl comes to town and changes both the town and Annabelle specially. When a horrible event happens, the accusations begin. Annabelle must decide how important are friendship and the truth and what to do when no one believes you.
This is a beautiful coming-of-age story. It is also a wonderful story about the effects of bullying and prejudice and lying. Annabelle makes a believable and lovable protagonist. I adored that Annabelle’s whole family is present and caring. I thought the author used the family itself as excellent insight and counterpoint to Annabelle’s point of view. In addition, the world building about life on a small rural farm was lovely. Also the audiobook narrator, Emily Rankin, did an excellent job. I highly recommend both books by the author.
As Matey Milliebot says in her review:
“Let’s see…topics Wolf Hollow deals with (excellently): Bullying, standing up for what you believe is right, trauma, dealing with the consequences of your actions, lying, friendship, grief, prejudice and supporting your family. This book handles a lot of heavy topics and while it’s not an entirely easy read, I think it has the right mix of honesty, tough themes and positive moments.”
Side note: Though I understand the comparison of this book and to kill a mockingbird, I feel that it does both books a disservice.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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.
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beyond the bright sea (Captain’s Log – YA Historical Fiction)