Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Dusty Pages Review: Wolf Hollow

Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong.

When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner Toby. As Wolf Hollow turns against him, and tensions quickly mount, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby - and to find Betty, before it is too late.

This is a well thought out tale with a very sad ending. I enjoyed the pace with which the book progressed and the characters had depth to them that let you get to know them. I think there is a great moral fortitude to this tale. It touches on several things such as how important the truth is, that you shouldn't cry wolf, not judging people by how they look, and that sometimes its more important to do the right thing than it is to do the lawful thing.

I felt pretty deep considering I found this in the second for preteens at the bookstore but I am also glad to see a new generation of writers who are not dumbing things down for them. Trusting them to understand the bigger world around them, if not while reading the book, but later when they come back to look at it as an adult.

I felt little sympathy towards the Betty character despite how the story progresses for her. I knew a lot of girls like her when I was a child. Girls who became bullies because it made them feel better, or special, or powerful. If I were to analyze her background more, I am sure there would have been something there that would have explained how she came to be as she was. However with Annnabelle as the protagonist, my focus was on her rather than on her opposition. I would have like as this was a fictional tale for justice to win out, however the realism threaded through the story right from the beginning made that outcome less than likely with every page.

I give it

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