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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. 294 p. Dutton/ Penguin Young Readers Group, May 5, 2016. 9781101994825.
Publisher synopsis: 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.
First line: The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.
Page 56: I vowed to stay in the truck with my grandfather while my mother made her delivery. But when we pulled up in front of the Glengarrys' house, she put a jar in each of my hands and hustled me ahead of her. "You helped make the medicine," she said. "Betty should know that. Maybe you two can be friends."
There was nothing I could say to that, so I said nothing.
The cover, even of the arc, is absolutely gorgeous!