The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter

SwallowAbout the Book
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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.

GBC Review by Sofia S.

The Swallow: A Ghost Story is a story about two girls, one who sees ghosts, but hates them and the other who is fascinated by ghosts, but is unable to sense them- just like the rest of her huge family. This was most definitely not one of my favourite books, because nothing happened until the very end. The Swallow is part of the Forest of Reading books this year and was recommended, but I personally didn’t enjoy it very much. Unfortunately, I haven’t encountered any great books for you to read, so if you haven’t read any of the previous books I suggest you try one of those.
Happy Reading!

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