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.
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published on September 9, 2014 by Tundra Books
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  • commentmakerSaturday, February 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    I LOVE THIS BOOK. The book is about these 2 girls Rose and Polly. Polly and her family is big, plus she has 2 brothers she call the horror twins. Rose is more of the quiet one and has only a mom and dad. Rose and Polly lived right next to each other and didn't see each other for a long time. They first met in the attics and became friends. Their families didn't really like each other so Rose and Polly met attic. I am not going to say more. Read the book for yourself. I recommend this book for people who love ghosts, spirits and mysteries. trust me, you must READ THIS BOOK.
    • brownielovaFriday, November 25, 2016 at 7:58 am
      this book is about two girls named polly and rose. rose and polly are totaly diffrent
      • awesomeness26
        awesomeness26Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 8:35 am55 stars
        The Swallow I am reading The Swallow by Charis Cotter, it is a fantastic fiction book. This book is about two girls named Polly Laise and Winnifred Rose McPherson. Polly wants to see ghost badly but rose is different she wants to stop seeing ghost because she is bewitched. When the two of them met in their attics, they said to meet at the cemetery to see each other. Then They met each other at the cemetery, Rose told Polly to run because the ghost were coming to scare them, but suddenly Rose fell on a grave that had her name on it,“ Winnifred Rose McPherson.” They had to find out why Rose’s name was on the grave. They asked everyone, especially Kendrick, Rose’s nanny and she told about the other Winnifred Rose McPherson. I think this book is a fantastic fiction book because it is very detailed I think that because Chris Cotter really explained why they were there, and etc. I recommend this book to ages 9 - 11 because there are some hard words that some kids would not understand. Do you think that Rose and Polly will find out why Rose’s name was on the grave??
        • brownielova
          brownielovaWednesday, November 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm44 stars
          This book is a bout two girls named rose and Polly. The two girls are nothing alike rose says little and wishes she could stop seeing ghost cause she is bewitched wile Polly says a lot and what's to see a ghost really bad
          • brownielova
            brownielovaWednesday, November 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm44 stars
            This book is about two girls named Polly and rose. Polly and Rose couldn't be more different. Polly is adventurous talks ALOT whant to see a ghost really badly and has a big noisey family wile Rose is in her attic most of her days is left alone by her busy parents and wishes she could stop seeing ghost.This book takes place in Toronto in the 1960's and rose and Polly live on 43 and 41 cemetery lane. I have read 50 pages of this book and even though I only read a little I would definitely recommended this book to suspense lovers.