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Wolk, Lauren. 
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.6

(4 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Step back into Pennsylvania during the 1940s in this historical fiction novel. Meet well developed characters from a rural town that face bullying, gossip, and tragedy in the community. The students in the book show courage and are set to solve the situation if they can, but will the real truth be unearthed and will anyone believe it?
(Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

Life in the countryside of Pennsylvania was quiet and mostly uncomplicated for eleven year old Annabelle until Betty Glengarry came to town. The year is 1943 and the fighting of World War II rages on far away from the rural life of Wolf Hollow. It was said Betty was sent away from the city to live with her grandparents because she was “incorrigible”, an impossibly long word Annabelle has to look up in the dictionary at school. Incorrigible means delinquent, not manageable, and unruly. Betty soon shows herself to be a mean-spirited bully. Along with Annabelle, others become the object of Betty’s attacks. Annabelle’s story will grip you with the intensity of action and stark contrasts of kindness and cruelty. Reading this book could very well change your life.   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Booktalk #3

Annabelle, growing up with her two younger brothers on a farm in Pennsylvania in 1943, has never had to cope with anyone like Betty Glengarry. A “dark-hearted” girl sent from the city to live with her grandparents, Betty is frightening and sadistic. She beats Annabelle with a stick, threatens her little brothers, breaks a quail’s neck – and then turns her attention to Toby, a local recluse and shell-shocked veteran of World War I. Betty’s determined attempts to frame Toby begin to bear fruit and as Annabelle struggles to counter her lies, Betty disappears. Annabelle’s attempts to protect Toby lead to tragedy, and eventually she learns that right and wrong, truth and lie, can be slippery and shifting concepts. This is a beautifully written, though wrenching coming-of-age story with parallels to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

Booktalk #4

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. 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 thought Toby’s was a bit strange, Annabelle thinks he is kind. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. (New Hampshire Isinglass Read Award 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Bullies -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
                        Homeless persons -- Fiction.
                        Pennsylvania -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Veterans -- Fiction.

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