Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery
Source: I won a copy from LibraryThing. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I love ghost stories.  They can be humorous, scary, sad, it doesn’t matter.  This is a sad ghost story.
Rose is a girl who has always been able to see ghosts.  She hates it.  She and her family move into her grandmother’s house after her grandmother passes away.  Unfortunately for her the house sits in front of a grave yard. Polly lives in the house next to Rose’s house.  Her mom and dad have taken in many other children, so she feels she is always ignored and has no privacy.  She loves ghost stories and all things ghosts.  Her desire is to meet an actual ghost.  Imagine her surprise when she escapes all the chaos to the attic and hears a voice singing.  She feels a draft yet can see nothing.  Imagine her surprise when the voice answers her back.  She is sure that she is speaking to a ghost.  She learns she is actually speaking to Rose who is in her attic on the other side of the wall.  They agree to meet in the cemetery behind their house to prove that Rose is not a ghost.

These girls become good friends.  They have completely different lifestyles.  Rose is often left home along with a housekeeper, whom she rarely sees.  Her parents are always working.  Polly father is a minister.  However, he seems to be angry all the time.  This story is told in alternating first person point of view.  I happen to be a person that likes this if it is done well.  I believe the author did a great job.  You think you’ve got the mystery of whether Rose is actually a ghost or not when several twists and turns are thrown in.  I loved the way the story ended.  This is one I can’t wait to share with those students who have read all of the ghost stories on my shelves.  They are going to love this one.

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