Wolf Hollow

In the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird, Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is the tale of a young girl in a small town exposed to events which change her life and the lives of her family forever.

Annabelle and her family befriend Toby, a reclusive World War I veteran living in the hills of Wolf Hollow. When Annabelle is bullied by a new girl in town, the unlikely friend comes to Annabelle’s defense. But when children get hurt and the new girl goes missing, all fingers point to Toby – who also disappears. The decisions Annabelle makes to clear Toby’s name don’t have the intended result. In the end Annabelle and her family discover more about Toby, the world, and themselves.

Wolf Hollow was an intriguing story which ended perhaps more realistically than I had hoped. Nevertheless, it would be a valuable tool at home and in a classroom for open discussion about lying, fear, assumptions, justice, and bullying.

Due to the nature of the events in the book, I recommend it for middle grade and older readers. I also suggest parents read the book along with their children. While you’re at it, read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee too!

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is young adult fiction, just under 300 pages.

Wolk, Lauren. Wolf Hollow: a Novel. Puffin Books, 2018.Lee, Harper.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Lippincott, 1960.

 

Path of a Novice

Book Review by writer Sierra Peterson

A fantastic read! The characters in this story are well thought out and believable. I fell in love with them instantly.
R.K. Lander did a brilliant job having her main character, Fel’annar, deal with racism and self-worth throughout the story. Readers can relate to these issues and are easily drawn into her struggle.
My only criticism has to do with the names of the characters. They were difficult to pronounce and some were given additional names which was confusing.
The plot is original and engaging from the start. The first chapter throws readers right into the action along with the warriors of the kingdom.
A wonderful and exciting read. I give Path of a Novice 4.5 out of 5 stars and am looking forward to the sequel.
Lander, R. K. Path of a Novice. 2017.
IMG_20180319_171325_548Sierra Peterson loves to dive into books, whether reading or writing them and can often be found in her book corner with a hot cup of coffee. But when she’s not there, she can be found playing guitar, having coffee with friends, or planting flowers in the greenhouse where she works part-time.  

Crenshaw

Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw surprised me. The cover image made me think I was going to read a children’s fantasy novel, but instead I went on an emotional journey with Jackson and his family.

Crenshaw, an imaginary cat-friend, reappears in Jackson’s life as his family experiences chronic illness, unemployment and homelessness.

Applegate adeptly takes us into the heart and mind of a child facing difficult living situations, while undergirding it with humor and loving family relationships.

For children in the middle grades at over two-hundred pages, I highly recommend Crenshaw. Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby.