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Wolf Hollow

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2016

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Wolf Hollow

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade historical fiction
  • Originally Published: 2016
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 800L; grades 5-8
  • Structure/Length: 27 chapters; approximately 304 pages; approximately 7 hours, 34 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The story is set in the small town of Wolf Hollow, Pennsylvania, during World War II and centers around Annabelle, an 11-year-old girl, in the months leading up to her 12th birthday. She must contend with a new girl in town, Betty, who is cruel and lies convincingly. When Betty goes missing, Toby, a reclusive World War I veteran, is blamed, and Annabelle must stand up for what she knows is right.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Bullying; physical harm; traumatic injuries; depiction of war and its effects on veterans; death; prejudice

Lauren Wolk, Author

  • Bio: Born 1956; distinguished American author and poet; known for her children's literature; serves as the Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; her work often explores themes of history, nature, and young protagonists grappling with moral dilemmas
  • Other Works: Beyond the Bright Sea (2017); Echo Mountain (2020)
  • Awards: Newbery Honor for Wolf Hollow (2017); Carnegie Medal nominee for Wolf Hollow (2017)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Female Empowerment and Self-Definition in a Patriarchal Society
  • Religion, Nature, and the Unexplained
  • Hardship, Responsibility, and Coming-of-Age

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