Corgi Children's Books (10+)
Set in Western Pennsylvania in 1943, in a quiet community where everyone knows, or thinks they do, everyone else. Annabelle's life is turned inside out when cruel and manipulative Betty arrives to live with her grandparents. Betty has a formidable array of means for creating unpleasantness. But, then she suddenly disappears and the suspicion for that disappearance falls on Toby, a quiet, odd character who lives on the edge of Wolf Hollow.
The language used in this novel exquisitely conveys the atmosphere of the 1940s American rural setting. The naivety of the voice vividly conveys the mores of the time and the young narrator. Every character is believable, well developed and fully rounded, combined with well observed small domestic details. This is a truthful exploration of a small-time attitudes and injustice without being overly sentimental, and exploring questions of morality within the confines of the story. In places, it has shades of 'To Kill a Mockingbird', making it a rich and satisfying read.
After graduating from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in English literature, Lauren Wolk spent a year as a writer with the Battered Women's Project of the St. Paul American Indian Center, and then worked as both an editor and an English teacher. Since 2007, she has been the Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She is an award-winning poet and also a visual artist.
Wolf Hollow is set in western Pennsylvania where her family roots run deep. Both of her parents were raised in that area, her mother on a farm and in a family that served as the inspiration for the novel.