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Reviewed by Daylin M. for Readers' Favorite
Dalton Hobby was no ordinary boy! This is apparent the moment he steps off the bus at Capling Hall School for Boys carrying a small suitcase, a large green garbage bag, and a thousand secrets. He never speaks. He never smiles. Whatever happened to make him like this? Inside a Hollow Tree is the story of how an under-sized, pathetic 14-year old boy finds hope and a home.
Inside a Hollow Tree, written by Kevin White, is a sad, yet intoxicating story about a young boy who has suffered many life tragedies that most people will never have to go through: such as sexual, verbal, and physical abuse, abandonment, teasing, and ridicule. Although it was slow to start, once I got past the beginning I began to realize that this novel is extremely intoxicating. I couldn't put it down; it was my drug, and I was addicted, so to speak. Although nothing like the main character Dalton, I sympathized with him and how he was so badly treated by the world. When he is sent to boarding school, and his roommates start to tease him, I wondered how boys can be so absolutely cruel. In this section of the book, there are some sexual instances that made me very uncomfortable and sick, so please be aware of that. This book is wonderful and brings you into the mind of someone so different from anything you have ever known.