They Threw Us Away
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.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 ...more
[I received a physical copy for an honest review]
Furrington Teddies DON'T
-Get in Trouble
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 ...more
I received an ecopy of this through Netgalley; however, ...more
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 entrancing...so moving....just an overall ...more
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’ ...more
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
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, ...more
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 ...more
Publication Date: September 15, 2020 - Keep an eye out!
Description from NetGalley...
“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: ...more
When I first saw the cover of this book it gave me "the feels" b ...more
This story focuses on Buddy and his unwanted demise at the dump...so 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was wholly unprepared for how deep this book went. It’s depth, emotion, and layered characters brought up memories fo ...more