THE SWALLOW, by Charis Cotter, Tundra Books, ARC Review



Hardcover, 318 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Tundra Books
Original Title: The Swallow: A Ghost Story
ISBN: 1770495916 (ISBN13: 9781770495913)
Edition Language: English
Literary Awards: Diamond Willow Award Nominee (2015)



Published September 5th 2017 by Tundra Books (NY) (first published September 9th 2014)
Original Title
The Swallow: A Ghost Story
1770495924 (ISBN13: 9781770495920)
Literary Awards
Diamond Willow Award Nominee (2015)

In 1960s Toronto, two girls retreat to their attics to escape the loneliness and isolation of their lives. Polly lives in a house bursting at the seams with people, while Rose is often left alone by her busy parents. Polly is a down-to-earth dreamer with a wild imagination and an obsession with ghosts; Rose is a quiet, ethereal waif with a sharp tongue. Despite their differences, both girls spend their days feeling invisible and seek solace in books and the cozy confines of their respective attics. But soon they discover they aren’t alone–they’re actually neighbors, sharing a wall. They develop an unlikely friendship, and Polly is ecstatic to learn that Rose can actually see and talk to ghosts. Maybe she will finally see one too! But is there more to Rose than it seems? Why does no one ever talk to her? And why does she look so… ghostly? When the girls find a tombstone with Rose’s name on it in the cemetery and encounter an angry spirit in her house who seems intent on hurting Polly, they have to unravel the mystery of Rose and her strange family… before it’s too late.


I received this book arc in exchange for an honest review.  The premise alone grabbed my attention right away!

What an endearing, complex and heart-wrenchingly fantastic book! I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. The plot twists were perfectly written, the voice of the author exquisite and flowing. I absolutely loved both characters, and the little twins. I was emotionally engaged in the story from start to end and would highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to middle-grade readers.

The cover is just gorgeous, although I love the paperback cover more though, and would love to get a copy of it to go in my Canadian authors’ section. The author has now become one of my most favorites! Loved it! Buy it! Read it!

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