is not a game. Some might think it is and design elaborate rules for those
who are being bullyied:
bullies lack compassion for others. Is it because they feel isolated and
may themselves be victims of abuse and neglect? Is it because they build
walls to separate themselves from people who could help them? Why don't
bullies understand the consequences of their own actions and look for
positive ways to change?
Annabelle is a happy eleven-year-old girl in Wolf Hollow while half a world away in Germany, World War II rages and keeps everyone at home spooked. But her life changes forever the day Betty Glengarry arrives. Annabelle's childhood innocence is about to end.
Betty is a bully who pokes her with sharp pencils and curses little kids. When that isn't enough, she secretly threatens to hurt Annabelle and her little brothers. And her violent malice grows while Annabelle continues to believe she can handle what might come next. But she can't.
Watching it all is a quiet, wounded, World War I veteran named Toby who roams the hills around Wolf Hollow. Although Toby is befriended by Annabelle's family, neighbors are suspicious of him. Betty is cruel, threatening, and thrives on inflicting pain. When she hides on a hill and throws a rock, severely wounding Annabelle's best friend, Toby is suspected. When Annabelle's youngest brother is viciously injured, Toby is again suspected.
And then, one day Betty disappears. Toby, once again, becomes the prime suspect. Annabelle is determined to prove his innocence, but life happens. Her determination and courage to stand for what is right is not always rewarded. Can good conquer evil when all you expect to happen doesn't and lies are swallowed up in truth?
“This is the story of the residual effects of war, the harmfulness of bullying, and several different types of prejudices. Annabelle makes an admirable character, as she’s smart, honest and caring, but also flawed and therefore humanized. The plot, in which I had initial trepidations due to the subject matter, turned out to be a much different tale than I’d realized and the protagonist and her family a lovely set of personalities. This book will appeal to readers young and old looking for a mid-20th century setting.”—Historical Novels Review
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