by Lauren Wolk, ages 10 and up, a 2017 Newbery Honor book
Wolf Hollow deserves the many awards and accolades it won as the best children’s book of 2016. Haunting and disturbing, it harkens back to what many think of as a simpler, more innocent era, the 1940s, in a bucolic setting of western Pennsylvania.
But there is nothing innocent about the mean-hearted girl who moves up from the big city, and there’s nothing simple about the thick-bearded veteran who roams the hills with three rifles on his back. Eleven-year-old Annabelle learns hard lessons about uncovering evil and protecting the wrongly accused.
Highly recommended for readers ready for complexity.
For more about the author, Lauren Wolk, here is her website.