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The Swallow: A Ghost Story

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The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter
Hardcover $19.99
Sep 09, 2014 | ISBN 9781770495913

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Selected,’s list of Best Books of September for Children and Teens, 2014
Selected, 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


Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices NOMINEE 2015

Red Cedar Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Canadian Library Association – Book of the Year for Children HONOR 2015

VOYA Award HONOR 2014

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