The Swallow

The Swallow

A Ghost Story

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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. 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?"
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781770495913
Characteristics: 318 p


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In Toronto, two girls become friends. Polly is intrigued that Rose can see and talk to ghosts ... but there's an angry spirit which seems to be much more interested in harming mortals than in talking to them! This story has been nominated for the 2016 Silver Birch (Fiction) Award. ** For ages ... Read More »

Polly has always wanted to see a ghost, but Rose has seen enough of them. Then the girls discover a tombstone with Rose's name on it, an ancient curse and an angry spirit in Rose's own house which seems determined to harm her.
** Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.

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Aug 18, 2018

"The Swallow A Ghost Storyā€¯ by Charis Cotter is my all time favourite book about ghosts. It has an unexpecting twist to it which makes the book even more interesting. Everything about this book is very unique. At first sight, you can tell that the cover is what separates it from the other books. When I first saw the book I thought it had to do with a swallow, which is a type of bird. I thought that because it was in the title and the illustration on the front cover. Little did I know it had to do something way more interesting. Since this is a ghost story I would recommend people who are 10 years and older to read this. If you are interested in reading ghost stories I definitely think you won't regret reading this. I rate this book a 5/5 @TheBookieReadingMonster of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 12, 2017

so lovable and exiting but with a dark twist that makes it one of the most memorable books i have ever read

Feb 14, 2016

A well written & charming story of two girls in 1960s Toronto. Two very different girls, Rose & Polly, are newly neighbours. They bond over their common loneliness and interest in the paranormal. Add a conveniently placed graveyard across the street, and the adventure begins!

Nov 28, 2014

One haunted house, two girls. One secret hideaway, two creepy attics. Many ghosts. = a story for those with interests in the paranormal.

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Jul 12, 2017

AllyTuck thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Nov 28, 2014

greenacres thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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