Hollow Chest

Hollow Chest

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Charlie has been having nightmares. Eyes watching him in the night, claws on his chest, holding him down.

His dreams have been haunted for years, ever since German bombs rained down on London, taking his father's life, taking his city's spirit, taking his beloved brother, Theo, off to war in France. Now Charlie is left to take care of his grandpa Fitz while his mother works, waiting for the day when Theo will come home. And with World War II nearly won, that day is almost here. Grandpa Fitz warns Charlie that soldiers sometimes come back missing a piece of themselves, but Charlie isn't worried. Whatever Theo has lost, Charlie will help him find it.

When Theo finally does return, though, he is cold and distant. Their family, like the city itself, feels more broken than ever. But Charlie refuses to accept that the brother he knew is gone, and soon he discovers the reason for his brother's change: war wolves. Terrifying ancient beasts who consume the hearts of those broken by grief. The wolves have followed Theo and hundreds of other soldiers back home from the front. And if Charlie truly wants to save Theo, he's going to have to find them and get his brother’s heart back. But can a heart that's eaten ever be replaced?

Title:Hollow Chest
ISBN:9780062870742
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    Hollow Chest Reviews

  • Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wow! My heart! This was PHENOMENAL! What a powerful, emotional, gripping read! I can’t believe this is a debut! This was another goodreads giveaway win, & man, am I so thankful! This has real life s...

  • Christine Norvell

    I somehow followed a World War II theme after recommending The Girl from the Channel Islands last month. Sandstrom’s middle-grade debut novel centers on twelve-year-old Charlie who lives in post-war...

  • Becky

    First sentence: The scream of the air raid siren cut off abruptly when Charlie opened his eyes, like a hand had come down to strangle it.Premise/plot: The war is almost but the war wolves are still hu...

  • Cindy :: leavemetomybooks ::

    Hollow Chest was a haunting, moving, beautifully-written middle grade story set in London near the end of World War 2. Charlie lives with his mother and grandfather (a WWI veteran), and his faithful c...

  • ButtonsMom2003

    Audiobook Review:Overall – 5Performance – 5Story – 5Fantastic audio performance!I requested a review copy of this audiobook because of Gary Furlong; he is one of my favorite audio performers. Al...

  • Tori

    Disclaimer: the author is my friend, and I have not tried to be impartial! This was wonderful. Charlie. CHARLIE! My boy. He is so sweet and good and just trying to make sense of the world in the way t...

  • Christina

    Brita Sandstrom is a writer to watch--this is a terrific debut, and her control of language is utterly fabulous. The cat in the story, Biscuits, who takes care of the protagonist, is one of my new fav...

  • Jennifer Palmblad

    Middle grade urban fantasy has something to it, it seems. Never thought I’d say that haha....

  • Laura

    Thank you to SLPL for providing me with an ARC of Hollow Chest! Whew! Friends! This book! Genuinely one of the best and most honest (and therefore heart wrenching) portrayals of grief, anxiety, and tr...

  • Gmr

    War is a dangerous thing......but it's more than the battlefield that can take a life......or change it beyond recognition.Charlie Merriweather is a young boy. He has hopes, dreams, and desires, but l...