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  • Published: 30 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448198009
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 6 hr 55 min

Wolf Hollow

A stunning debut novel about prejudice, friendship and justice.

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 accuses gentle loner Toby - a traumatised ex-soldier - of a terrible act, Annabelle knows he's innocent. Then Betty disappears . . .

Now Annabelle must protect Toby from the spiralling accusations and hysteria, until she can prove to Wolf Hollow what really happened to Betty.

Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story.

  • Published: 30 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448198009
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 6 hr 55 min

About the author

Lauren Wolk

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.

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Praise for Wolf Hollow

Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent

The Times

Weaving together complex themes with extraordinary skill, debut author Lauren Wolk has created a book that deserves to be read . . . A timeless story, beautifully placed in an evocative and brilliantly realised historical setting


Suspenseful, wise, beautifully written and emotionally engaging

Sunday Times

Haunting . . . With a precociously perceptive girl as a main character; a damaged, misunderstood recluse; and themes of prejudice and bigotry, comparisons to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird will abound. But Wolk gives us her own story - one full of grace and stark, ­brutal beauty

New York Times

A powerful, beautifully written coming-of-age novel . . . This emotionally intelligent, complex story deserves recognition and praise

Daily Mail

Atmospheric, haunting and beautifully written, this is a wonderful and very moving story

Robin Stevens

A beautifully written, poignant page turner

Jacqueline Wilson

This book is extraordinary. With shades of To Kill a Mockingbird but inspired by her own mother's family, Lauren Wolk has created a work of fiction where every character lives off the page. It is a gripping, moving, living, breathing tale written by a highly skilled hand. I cannot recommend it enough

Philip Ardagh

There are echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird . . . An accomplished and powerful debut

The Bookseller

Beautifully written, with memorable characters, sensitively handled moral issues and a storyline that lingers long after the final page. I loved it

Daily Mail

A poignant story of prejudice, bigotry and one girl’s efforts to prove a man’s innocence

Sunday Express

Shades of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird loom close in Lauren Wolk's confident debut. Annabelle is every bit as determined and passionate as Scout Finch, but this is a plot that stays in the fields and farmhouses of the land . . . Sensitive and thought-provoking


Intriguing and powerful . . . an ultimately uplifting read, with hope for humanity at its heart

Teach Primary

Gorgeous . . . Wolk’s novel stuns


The spare but hauntingly beautiful language paints every early morning walk to school, household chore, emotion, and rational and irrational thought in exquisite detail . . . Perfectly pitched to be used in classrooms alongside To Kill a Mockingbird


Powerful, complex and lifelike . . . Truly moving

School Library Journal


Publishers Weekly

The honesty of Wolf Hollow will just about shred your heart, but Annabelle’s courage and compassion will restore it to you, fuller than before. This book matters

Sara Pennypacker

Has the feel of an instant classic

Linda Sue Park

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