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Review of My Own Lightning

My Own Lightning by Lauren WolkIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    320 pp.   g5/22    978-0-525-55559-9    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-525-55560-5    $10.99This sequel to Newbery Honor Book Wolf Hollow (rev. 7/16) starts with a bang as ­protagonist Annabelle McBride is hit by lightning during a summer storm. That event leaves her in a state...

Lauren Wolk Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   With My Own Lightning, Lauren Wolk returns to the characters and setting of her first novel for young people, the Newbery Honor-winning Wolf Hollow, published in 2016. We talk...

Review of Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk Intermediate, Middle School    Dutton    359 pp.    g 4/20    978-0-525-55556-8    $17.99 Since the Great Depression forced twelve-year-old Ellie’s family to move from town up to Echo Mountain, she hasn’t known how to interact with her mother and older sister; they miss their former life and blame...

The Book That Changed My Life: Hearts So Full

Asking me to write about a book that changed my life is like asking me to choose just one star. Hundreds have changed me, each shining its own light, each from its own station in the firmament, all of those stations slowly whirling so I see them from new vantage...

The 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

from O'Dell committee chair Deborah Stevenson:The 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk, published by Dutton Books for Young readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.The isolated world of the Elizabeth Islands off of mainland Massachusetts in 1925 comes to life...

Review of Beyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Seaby Lauren WolkIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    293 pp.5/17    978-1-101-99485-6    $16.99Crow lives on a tiny island in the Elizabeth Islands off Cape Cod with her adoptive father, Osh. He and Miss Maggie, who lives on nearby Cuttyhunk, are her only companions, as other locals shun her. But Crow...

Five questions for Lauren Wolk

When twelve-year-old Annabelle's small town is terrorized by a series of vicious attacks, many townsfolk blame World War I veteran and vagabond Toby. Only Annabelle knows that new girl Betty is actually responsible for the cruelty. Adult author and poet Lauren Wolk makes her (stunning!) middle-grade debut with the powerful...

Review of Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollowby Lauren WolkIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    294 pp.4/16    978-1-101-99482-5    $16.99    gTwo story lines wind around each other in this novel set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1940s. The narrator, twelve-year-old Annabelle, is one of the objects of vicious attacks by new girl Betty, who has inexplicably but relentlessly taken...

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