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They Threw Us Away

(The Teddies Saga #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Welcome to The Teddies Saga, a gripping new middle grade trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Kraus.

When Buddy wakes up in the middle of a garbage dump, filled with a certain awareness: he’s a teddy bear; he spent time at a Store waiting for his future to begin; and he is meant for the loving arms of a child. Now he knows one more thing: Something has gone
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Sadie Hartmann
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A few months after reading and reviewing THE LIVING DEAD by Daniel Kraus, I have finished his newest release, THEY THREW US AWAY, a story where Kraus trades his zombies for teddy bears.
This is the first book in The Teddies Saga and I will tell you with full assurance of this reader’s enthusiasm, I am here for this series. Let me start by comparing this book to two iconic stories from my childhood: WATERSHIP DOWN and THE SECRET OF NIMH (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH). When I think about those
Ashley Daviau
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I definitely wasn’t expecting this book to make me FEEL so much. I know it’s supposed to be a middle grade novel but I think people of all ages would love this story. It reminded me of a beloved childhood classic of mine, Toy Story and the whole toys come to life trope is one I absolutely adore. This book does that trope so well and I fell so hard for this story. It made me feel so many different things, from sadness to laughter to horror to that warm little fuzzy feeling in my stomach. I really ...more
Allie Marini
* I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review *

I’m not sure what to make of this book, but there are several significant issues that made me rate it lower than I wanted to. I was surprised at how much these issues interfered with how much I was able to enjoy it. I’m especially disappointed because I’ve enjoyed this author’s adult horror collaborations with del Toro, and the fact that they’re a Bram Stoker level horror author. So here’s what interfered with a
Gerardine  Betancourt
They Threw us away is a book of endless suffering.
Buddy is a teddy bear who together with his three friends finds themselves trapped in a garbage dump. Together they will find adventures in order to find a child who will hug them and make them enter the forever sleep.
This was very sad to read is a mix of the movie Toy Story with Wes Anderson Isle of dogs.
Since it's the first book in a series, the ending left me wanting to know what was going to happen to Buddy and his friends. It's a sad story b
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Described as equal parts Toy Story and Lord of the Flies, They Threw Us Away is the first book of a middle grade trilogy about a group of teddy bears who wake up lost and confused in a garbage dump, unsure why they’ve been discarded. Now if that isn’t the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever read, I don’t know what is! Our main teddy Buddy is the first to come to awaken, and finding himself out of his box, his initial thou
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
DNF at 49%

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I was really intrigued by the concept for They Threw Us Away, and thought it would be an interesting book to read with my son, but I was WRONG. This book is morbid. It's not just creepy and disturbing, but seriously screwed up. I honestly don't think anyone should read this to their child, or let
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

Furrington Teddies DON'T
-Get in Trouble
-Be Mean

They Threw Us Away
is a new middle grade novel by author Daniel Kraus. It follows 5 teddy bears who find themselves discarded at a trash dump and are determined to get back to their store shelves in order to be chosen by a child.

"Maybe that was the key to survival. Not to push fear away, but turn it into something else."

This story is not light and fluffy, it's dark and depressing. The
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest the comps and the following teddy bears got the better of me and I am so glad. This is one of the more violent middle grade books that I've read in awhile especially since it follows teddy bears. But with comps such as Toy Story and Lord of the Flies, it could only go so many ways. Additionally, there is artwork spread throughout at just the right moments. Seriously, if you're at all curious about this one, I say pick it up.

I received an ecopy of this through Netgalley; however,
Tracy Robinson
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know how to rate or review this one. I really don't. ...more
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I really enjoyed this book, it’s written as a middle grade book, but it’s darker and more complex and wouldn’t be uninteresting to an adult or teenager. The story takes on a Toy Story vibe, and we meet a very special bear who’s on a journey. This is very much in the vibe of a bear that was forgotten and has to survive on his own. We stick with Buddy as he tries to understand where he is, how he got there, and how he has to move on. If you’re a fan of any book that brings inanimate objects to lif ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Considered a mid-grade read, I just have one thing to say about this book. I LOVED IT.

In a way, it's hard for me to see it as mid-grade appropriate due to it's dark and harrowing tale but, at the same time, I think that Toy Story also touched on similar scenarios and kids absolutely loved it.

I actually enjoyed this more than Toy Story. To me, the story resonated with truer scenarios and didn't sprinkle glitter on every event that took place. It was so moving....just an overall
Michael Cook
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
(4.5/5 stars. I was provided an ARC by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

I have lots of fond memories of reading middle-grade horror books as a kid. There’s just something so fun about those stories. These authors get to play around with scary ideas but can’t go too far with them. It’s like sitting around a campfire and hearing a scary story - it’s not necessarily scary, but it’s kind of creepy and it stays with you for a while after you’ve read it. The best children’
Katie Mac
This is too depressing for me right now; I picked it up to read for a committee and couldn’t finish it. It’s overwhelming even as an adult reading about the gang of lost teddy bears, some of whom TEAR OUT THEIR OWN EYES, but maybe there’s a middle-grade reader who’s longing for a tragic adventure story.
Michelle Glatt
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
I enjoyed this book and would call it a dark adventure. I can definitely think of some students who will enjoy it.
Michelle Glatt
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this dark adventure from Daniel Kraus. The teddies are endearing and multifaceted and easy to root for, and the perils they face are sometimes creepy, sometimes thrilling, and always harrowing. I like the lore that has been created surrounding their Creation as well. I am intetested to see where the next book in the series leads.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A weird, wild ride of a story about five sentient teddy bears who must work together in order to survive in the wide, wide world.

Did Buddy have two sides? Did every teddy?

He was both magical and ordinary—Made in America but Surface Washable.

He had both a Real Silk Heart and Polyester

Margaret (Maggie)
By reading the title of the book and viewing the cover, I thought this would be a picture book. However, the book “They Threw Us Away” was actually a chapter book.
What I loved about this book was that the author (Daniel Kraus) had such a big imagination, which was apparent through his writing.
Some things I didn’t like were how long the book was and how some parts were written in a frightening manner. The length of the book and the word usage would make it perfect for upper elementary students,
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley.
Buddy the teddy bear longs to be chosen by a child and enter his forever sleep. He watches bears be chosen around him at the store. Then, the next thing he remembers is being in a landfill. He rescues four other bears from their boxes. Their adventures to find children take them from the landfill to the city. The teddies work together and fight much like kids do.
Book one ends on a bit of a sad note. Reader
I'm going to kick things off with the book I feel is better for older tweens. They Threw Us Away is being billed as "Lord of the Flies meets Toy Story", and it's a pretty accurate description. A blue teddy bear wakes up in a garbage dump and frees himself; he notes his name tag, which says his name is Buddy, and he sees other boxes of teddies on the pile and works to free the others before rats, seagulls, or a terrifying machine gets to them. Together, Buddy and the other teddies - Sunny, Sugar, ...more
They Threw Us Away by Daniel Kraus
Publication Date: September 15, 2020 - Keep an eye out!
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“Welcome to The Teddies Saga, a gripping new middle grade trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Kraus and illustrator Rovina Cai.

Buddy wakes up in the middle of a garbage dump, filled with a certain awareness: he’s a teddy bear; he spent time at a Store waiting for his future to begin; and he is meant for the loving arms of a child. Now he knows one more thing:
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for sensitive hearts. It is shelved in the Juvenile section at my library but it is definitely better suited for teens and older readers. It is violent. There is conflict, self-harm, scary moments and even a monster. It has a creation story that, honestly, creeped me out. The teddies are frequently in peril and there is gross imagery (especially in the beginning when they are at the garbage dump). That being said...

When I first saw the cover of this book it gave me "the feels" b
Jeremy Laroche
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people can think of at least one "children's" movie that stuck with them for how unexpectedly dark, somber, and existential it turned out to be. Some of the best examples I can think of are animated films starring anthropomorphic objects such as The Brave Little Toaster and Toy Story 3. That isn't a coincidence; it is a lot easier to get away with depicting horrific imagery in something that's supposed to be "family friendly" if the characters aren't human. They Threw Us Away is very much s ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was heralded as a middle grade horror story and while I am FAR from that age group, I enjoyed the story. That being said, I am not sure that this wouldn't be a bit much for some of the younger middle school age kids - they will not look at their teddies the same way again.

This story focuses on Buddy and his unwanted demise at the he finds some friends and they begin the trek to find their way back to the store to find the families that they feel like they deserve. There are a lot
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Daniel Kraus and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

They Threw Us Away is the first book in The Teddies Saga. It's a dark middle grade story about five teddies who wake up to find themselves at the dump. Buddy is the first teddy we meet and he becomes the leader of the small group of teddies. We soon meet Sunny, Horace, Sugar and Reginald and our adventure
Linda Klein
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a book about teddy bears, I sure didn’t expect so much grim gruesomeness! The ordeal a band of thrown away teddies endure hurts to read about. There’s death, abandonment, torture, being stalked, deranged terrorizers—do NOT give this book to a sensitive child.

That said, it’s a pretty terrific book. The author carefully crafted character development, so you end up rooting for the bears as they grow and learn. The desire for mysterious “forever sleep” that is bestowed on teddies when they are h
Nerd Girl Vixen
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great adventure lay ahead for Buddy and his friends. The journey isn’t an easy one. They are challenged by the real world and each other. Their destinies awaited them and they would do what they could to fulfill it.

This is a fantastic read! Unputdownable! The story is imaginative and full of creativity. It has a bit of a dark vibe to it and I loved it. That ending! I need more!

These teddies will capture your heart with their determination and personalities. They are all special. I love Sugar
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! This teddy bear gore horror story had NO BUSINESS making me this emotional. 🤣😭 Wow. This touched on so many important topics in our world while also including the warm coziness of these adorable, sweet teddy bears. This definitely gave me the same exact flood of emotions Toy Story 3 gave me 🤣 I was not expecting this book to have as much of an impact on me as it did! I didn't know this is actually going to be a series until I finished the book which makes me feel conflicted! I was kin ...more
Luke Goldstein
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What begins with the innocence of a child quickly hurtles into the tumultuous world of adulthood. Our bears, at once pure and pristine, find their lives turned upside down as they awake in a garbage dump. They join together as a family and step out into the unknown world in search of what they believe is every Teddy’s dream: the love of a child and the release of Forever Sleep.

I was wholly unprepared for how deep this book went. It’s depth, emotion, and layered characters brought up memories fo
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘They Threw Us Away’ is the first book in the ‘Teddies Saga’, a new children’s series by Daniel Kraus. Packed full of tension and adventure, it’s a story that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike – especially fans of teddy bears or other furry friends. Kraus is known for writing adult horror stories, so this isn’t always the most cheerful story – but the sticky situations (sometimes literally sticky) are counterbalanced by the courageous teddy bear protagonists and underlying themes of fr ...more
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DANIEL KRAUS is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored THE SHAPE OF WATER, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored TROLLHUNTERS, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s THE DEATH & LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year, and ...more

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