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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.
Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner Toby. As Wolf Hollow turns against him, and tensions quickly mount, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby - and to find Betty, before it is too late.
- Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction -From the bestselling author ofNewbery HonorwinnerWolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year.An NPR Best Book of the Year *; A Parents' MagazineBest Book of the Year*; A Booklist Editors' Choice selection *; A BookPage Best Book of the Year*;A Horn Book Fanfare Selection*; A KirkusBest Book of the Year*;A School Library JournalBest Book of the Year*; A Charlotte Observer Best Book of the Year *;A Southern LivingBest Book of the Year*; A New York Public LibraryBest Book of the Year';The sight of a campfire on a distant islandproves the catalyst for a series of discoveries and eventssome poignant, some frighteningthat Ms. Wolk unfolds with uncommon grace.' The Wall Street Journal';Crow isa determined and dynamic heroine.'Publishers Weekly';Beautiful, evocative.' KirkusThemoving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger. Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolk's Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.
'Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent' - The Times Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar. But it is only when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in Crow's heart, and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Crow sets out to find her lost identity - and, ultimately, to learn what it means to be a family. Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging.
Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent - The Times Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner Toby. As Wolf Hollow turns against him, and tensions quickly mount, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby - and to find Betty, before it is too late. Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story.
A 2017 Newbery Honor BookNew York Times BestsellerA young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying.An NPR Best Book of the YearA Booklist Best Book of the YearAn Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of the YearAKirkus ReviewsBest Book of the YearA Shelf Awareness Best Bookof the YearASchool Library Journal Best Bookof the YearA Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year An ALA Notable Children's Book ';This exquisite debut confronts injustice and doesn't flinch.' People ';[A]powerfuldebut. . . beautifully written.' The Wall Street Journal';Wrenching and true. . . .comparisons to Harper Lee'sTo Kill a Mockingbirdwill abound. But Wolk gives us her own storyonefull of grace and stark, brutal beauty.' The New York Times Book Review';When reviewers draw a parallel betweenMockingbirdand Lauren Wolk'sWolf Hollow,they are being neither hyperbolic, nor lazy. They are merely doing justice to Wolk's beautiful story.' NPR, Best Books of 2016 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 while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. Brilliantly crafted,Wolf Hollowis a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl's resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history. ';The honesty ofWolf Hollowwill just about shred your heart, but Annabelle's courage and compassion will restore it to you, fuller than before.This book matters.' Sara Pennypacker, New York Times bestselling author ofPax';An evocative setting, memorable characters, a searing story:Wolf Hollowhas stayed with me long after I closed the book. It has the feel of an instant classic."e;Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist andNew York Timesbestselling author