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I have a new favorite, and not just a summer 2016 favorite, but an all-time favorite read for students in upper elementary and middle school. It's Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, and it's historical fiction at its very best. I've seen this book referred to as a To Kill a Mockingbird for a younger audience, and I can definitely see the similarities, though this book stands just fine on its own. The main character and narrator is 11-year old Annabelle. She has always felt happy and secure with her loving family in their rural Pennsylvania home. But as World War II rages, she begins to see that the world is much larger, and much more complicated, than what she has known in her small corner. A new student and a homeless drifter each bring trouble and questions to town, and Annabelle must make difficult choices as she strives to grow into an honorable person. This is an incredibly moving and well-told story, yet I was sure, as I made it through the final pages, that I was going to finish it without shedding tears. Then one more truth was revealed, and that was the tipping point for me. I cried through the last few pages, but I didn't feel sad when I finished the book. Mostly I just felt so excited to share the books with my readers. I can't wait to hear what others think of this amazing story.
Posted by kparker  On Jul 12, 2016 at 3:13 PM