Thorndike Press

Wolf Hollow

  • Lauren Wolk
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432882449
  • ISBN-13: 9781432882440
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 376 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2020



A New York Times Bestseller
A Newbery Honor Book
A Booklist Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Children’s Book

Despite 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 though her bullying seems isolated at first, it quickly escalates. Toby, a reclusive World War I veteran, soon becomes the target of Betty’s attacks. While others see Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. And as tensions mount in their small community, Annabelle must find the courage to stand as a lone voice for justice.

Age Range: 10-12 | Grade Level: 5-7 | Lexile Measure: 800L


Customer Reviews

“Echoing the tone and themes found in To Kill a Mockingbird . . . Annabelle’s astute observations of the Philadelphia woods and the people who populate Wolf Hollow will resonate with many readers as they present a profound view of a complex era tinged by prejudice and fear.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“The spare but hauntingly beautiful language paints every early morning walk to school, household chore, emotion, and rational and irrational thought in exquisite detail . . . Perfectly pitched to be used in classrooms in conjunction with To Kill a Mockingbird.”

— Booklist (starred)

“[Wolk] realizes her setting with gorgeous immediacy, introducing the culture of this all-white world of hollows, hills, and neighbors with confidence and clear-eyed affection. Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk’s novel stuns.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“The narrative is powerful, complex, and lifelike…Thematically, this book raises some of the same issues as To Kill a Mockingbird, but with social status rather than racism as the basis for injustice . . . VERDICT: Highly recommended for purchase; a truly moving debut.”

— School Library Journal (starred)