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Wolf Hollow: 06/30/19
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is a story about rural life in World War Two. Annabelle's life in Pennsylvania has been quiet and relatively sheltered until the arrival of Betty Glengarry. Betty is a bully and her actions send ripples of discontent throughout the town.
Tony, a veteran of the World War One becomes Betty's next victim when he comes to Annabelle's aid. Due to his age and his untreated ptsd (or shell shock as it was called back then), it doesn't take much for Betty to turn the town against him.
Thematically the book reminds me of a mixture of two other middle grade / YA books: A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959) and The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry (2009). This book, though, lacks the emotional impact of them. There's a lot at play: the stress of the war, the bullying, the visceral nature of the mob mentality but how those affect Annabelle doesn't come through. Her voice remains distant through out.