The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis CotterThe Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter

The Swallow: A Ghost Story

byCharis Cotter

Hardcover | September 9, 2014

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 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.

Charis Cotter grew up in downtown Toronto beside a cemetery and developed an early love of reading and acting at her local library, where she appeared in plays. She studied English in university and went to drama school in London, England. Cotter's series of biographies for children have received critical acclaim and her book, Toronto ...
Title:The Swallow: A Ghost StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.32 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770495916

ISBN - 13:9781770495913


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story Read this book a year ago and fell in love with it! It is a wonderful story and not to scary for people who get scared easily! But it also has those scarie moments! I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good A good ghost story for a children's book, sad and with a twist.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gift-of-a-book....! Charis Cotter has a remarkable talent for creating stories — and characters — that stay with us long after her books have been enjoyed and put away. The Swallow: A Ghost Story is her latest triumph, and fans new and old will not be disappointed. While the intriguing and suspenseful narrative will appeal to young girls in particular, this certainly isn’t a “girls only” book [I’m sure some older brothers will sneak off with it for their own enjoyment!]. And while there are some genuinely scary moments, the lasting power of Cotter’s book is in chronicling the touching and unusual friendship that develops between Polly and Rose. I encourage you to discover The Swallow: A Ghost Story for yourself. It’s a great read, and it makes a great gift too!
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a classic! The Swallow: A Ghost Story is a beautifully written novel about two girls whose friendship crosses the boundaries of life and death. Charis Cotter is fearless in her exploration of childhood loneliness and the unseen pain that both girls experience in their daily lives. She paints a picture of two young women who are lost and alone at home, so they take refuge in each others' company. Together, they navigate through a world where ghosts are real and dangerous. Cotter has written a book for children that does not underestimate their capacity to empathize with both characters, while at the same time carrying the reader through an exciting plot with lots of twists and turns. This book is fantastic, I couldn't put it down. It reads like a classic novel- beautiful, timeless, and haunting.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Ghost Story About Friendship I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was interested in this book because it takes place in Toronto, Ontario and it sounded like a fun little ghost story and it didn't disappoint me. It follows two 12 year old girls (Polly and Rose) who couldn't be more opposite. Rose is quiet, shy, awkward girl who's an only child and Polly is very outspoken, adventurous girl who is part of a large family including siblings and foster children. The story is told from both girl's perspective, which I thought was a nice way of providing more story and insight into the girl's family lives. We also find out that Rose can see ghost, which is Polly's dream. We follow the girls through their adventures and discoveries. Charis has some nice twists and turns in there so that you aren't exactly sure what will happen next. I had many theories throughout the novel and each time I thought I knew what was going to happen in the end we learn new information. There were a couple of parts in the book that would scare younger children (of those who are more easily scared). I grew tense in a couple parts of the book and I wondered how exactly I would have reacted if I was more within the age group this was written for (closer to 12 years old). I haven't read many ghost stories and it was a perfect time to read it - being October and all). I couldn't put the book down - I wanted to know what would happen next, what the next twist would be, and how the girls would solve their mysteries. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend this to anyone who likes ghosts, looking for a Halloween themed book, or into mysteries. I think even those who scare easily or do not typically like this genre would still enjoy it. It is not only a ghost story but a story of friendship and family and how to handle life's difficulties (from a child's perspective). It shows that it's OK to be different and to embrace those differences instead of wishing them away and hoping to be "normal".
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary AND Delightful Scary, funny and touching. This novel brings us all of that, plus sorrow. Just as life can be this way. I cannot name my favourite character in this book as all of them are delightful? even the ghosts! (though a few of the ghosts are rather frightening) The girls are typical of girls, just as I remember my own childhood. The two little boys delightful, and annoying, as little boys often are. The adults seem to be as adults often are in children?s eyes, Important, but rather annoying. Until, somehow, their needs and feelings become evident to the girls. I recommend this book to any children, and adults, who enjoy fantasy? and surely all children do.
Date published: 2014-09-13

Editorial Reviews

Selected,'s list of Best Books of September for Children and Teens, 2014Selected, Quill & Quire's list of Kidlit Books of the Year, 2014“Spooky tension, friendship and compassion permeate this exquisitely plotted middle-grade ghost story .... the story structure weaves its way in and out—riveting and tumbling with tension but never obvious, leaving the readers wondering if anything is really as it seems .... readers will seesaw between chills and snorts of laughter .... Middle-grade storytelling at its very best—extraordinary.” - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews“The novel alternates between Polly’s and Rose’s first-person points of view, and Cotter ably creates their two distinct voices, each of which is appealing in its own way .... The Swallow is never heavy-handed, and, best of all, it’s genuinely spooky .... Like all the best ghost stories, The Swallow tells us more about the living than the dead. It is a fantastic addition to Toronto literature, with all the makings of a classic.” - Starred Review, Quill & Quire“Set in 1960s Toronto, this title evokes an era that seems timeless .... readers seeking a good chill won’t mind. An additional purchase where middle grade ghost stories are popular.” - School Library Journal“An unusual ghost story with a revelation that readers will long remember.” - Booklist