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They Stole Our Hearts

(The Teddies Saga #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The heart-pounding sequel to They Threw Us Away, about a group of teddy bears looking for a place to call home…and answers to life’s biggest questions.

The teddies—clever Buddy, brave Sunny, sweet Sugar, and wise Reginald—have managed to find a child. Life with Darling is far better than any they’ve known. But something's not right—the promised bliss of Forever Sleep hasn’
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 11th 2022 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published September 14th 2021)
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Nov 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This dark middle-grade fantasy novel is part quest saga, part mystery with just a little bit of horror mixed in. Buddy, Sunny, Sugar, and Reginald are teddies searching for the love of a child which will bring them "furever sleep." They think they are close to getting their wish if only they can find a way to Darling's heart. Since Darling lost her favorite stuffed animal when she was small and was so heartbroken, she is hesitant to love another as much. This is how the novel starts off - with t ...more
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"Now is the time to love them with all your heart." Daniel Kraus

"They Stole Our Hearts" is the second book/audiobook in the "Teddies Saga" by Daniel Kraus narrated by Kirby Heyborne. The first book in the series is "They Threw Us Away".

Buddy (the leader of the teddy bears) and his loving friends Sunny, Sugar, and Reginald live with a little girl named Darling. They love Darling and delight in sharing afternoon tea parties with her.

Darling's mom does not know about the bears because Darling keep
trigger warnings: cult, depression, self harm, abandonment, death, murder, ptsd, trauma

Bro this series just gets darker and darker. Last book was existentialism, now it's the purpose of self outside of the purpose bestowed by a creator, plus some light critique of late stage capitalism and commercial production.

I genuinely love this series so much but these books got me fucked up. I'm telling everyone about it and people are reacting with "wtf" every single time.

Daniel Kraus has crafted and incr
Alex Richey
Oct 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ___libro-fm-alc
I AM SHAKING. The way this story is developing is getting me so anxious (in a good way)!!! I'm dying for the next book! ...more
Oct 08, 2022 rated it liked it
What a curious, horrifying tale. I have never been so disturbed by a middle grade novel. And I assume it’s middle grade because I got it from that section of the library, but I don’t know if I would give this to a child lol. It feels like a simple horror novel for teens. It literally includes torture…and other slightly creepy things.

Still…engaging and fun. The art was amazing. Rovina Cai never misses with her illustrations.
Victor The Reader
The ongoing saga for our teddies sees them in a temporary but secret home with a little girl, until they’re discovered and thrown out by a spiteful mom. They later found an abandoned teddy factory full of living teddies like them and learn they’re not as friendly as they seem but might have the answer as to why they became discarded junk. A- (91%/Excellent)
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Urgh I just finished the second book and it’s a cliffhanger…I need book three!! This book, no this series, is a 5/5! I don’t give 5’s easily!

Let me say, please read book one first or you will be lost. Yes, the books are geared towards middle schoolers but all ages will enjoy these books I feel. I loved them! I do want to add, if you have an advanced reader, or a very tender hearted child, maybe this isn’t the book for them…or maybe you should read it with them! The bears do get into some rough
Apr 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to 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 Stole Our Hearts is the second book in The Teddies Saga. I would recommend reading book 1 They Threw Us Away before reading this one.

I absolutely love this series. It's so unique. I mean, teddy bears placed in the scariest situations you can imagine for a cuddly bear. I think Kraus has done something truly interesti
Mortisha Cassavetes
OMG! I really hope there is going to be another book! That ending was a huge cliff-hanger! The story continues to follow Buddy and friends, as they are still travelling to find out why they were threw away and what was wrong with them. On their journey, they find a city of Teddies but it is not what it seems. No spoilers! I highly recommend this book as well as the first book in the series. Fingers crossed for another book. I added to my 2021 Favorites List and I want to say thanks to #netgalley ...more
Jan 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
NOTE: I received a review copy of They Stole Our Hearts from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

If you loved "They Threw Us Away," the first book in Daniel Kraus's "Teddies Saga," then you're gonna love "They Stole Our Hearts." As the second part of this series, "They Stole Our Hearts" offers everything that made the first book so intriguing alongside a healthy helping of world-building, character development, and big answer
Feb 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
More darkness. More friendship. More teddies. More adventures. More revelations.

This one is…”For Sugar.”

Jan 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe I have to wait to find out what happens. I believe I liked this one even more than the first.
Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

They Stole Our Hearts is the second book in the Teddies Saga by Daniel Kraus. Due out 11th Jan 2022 from Macmillan on their Henry Holt imprint, it's 240 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

Although this is marketed for middle grades (10years+), I found it really quite scary, more horror than thriller/fantasy. There is quite a lot of blended real life trauma (parents fighting in front of the little girl, Darling, Dar
Dec 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
3.5 Stars - rounded to 4

Perhaps because They Stole Our Hearts is the second book in the Teddies Saga, I was a bit lost in the beginning.

I also found myself obsessed with trying to peg the story's audience, though I saw it labeled Children's Literature and ages 10-14.

I know kids mature quicker than when I was young, so I couldn’t imagine older children reading a book about teddy bears. Then to make it even more mind-boggling, the story was scary and definitely had strong elements of horror. Alri
Kim McGee
Dec 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a rather creepy version of the toy industry as seen through the eyes of a Carebear. Buddy and his furry friends find themselves once again battling the trash monsters, sewers and any number of toy hazards. When mom finds them and takes them from Darling's room their precarious future under a child's loving embrace seems like a long shot. On the lam they try to find the factory where they were made and seek help from the "Mother" or even "The Suit". Really young kids would be freaked out ...more
Daniel Kraus, master of YA horror, turns his attention to middle grade readers with the Teddies Saga, for readers age 8-12. Brilliantly read by narrator Kirby Heyborne, this sequel alternates between sweet and sour, light and dark, joyful and grim. The Furrington teddies - Buddy, Sunny, Sugar, and Reginald - find themselves unwanted and displaced again and follow clues that lead them to the factory where they were originally made. But the Furrington factory is no teddy bear utopia; rather, they ...more
I've read another couple of chapters from the 30% mark and I have come to the decision that I don't care enough to continue the story. The writings good, the characters are okay, but I'm just not invested enough to care about the mystery of why these bears were discarded in mass. I feel the 'gory' parts are there to shock the reader and are not really relevant to the overall story - but then again, I'm not a horror movie fan, so maybe that's why I'm not enjoying this book as much as others seem ...more
Elizabeth Chandler
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for an ARC of this title! A great follow up to the first book that had me on the edge of my seat! Though geared for children this book is just as enjoyable for adults. Scary enough to be a children’s horror and surprising enough to make an adult raise their eyebrows. No teddies are safe just like in life none of us are though sometimes we feel we are. If you have fond memories of your “stuffies” as Darling calls them but also enjoy a good thriller this sequel and series is fo ...more
Feb 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Second in the series. The four bears find a temporary home but realize they need to move on. It's a dark journey and they encounter further dangers as they search for the Furrington Factory. They encounter an entire group of teddies who live in a cellar in a community of sorts. By the end of the book, they have found their home and located Proto. The story ends on a cliffhanger as readers see them starting to free Proto in the final sentences.
Creepy overtones mark this book as part of the horror
Mindy Burch
May 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Another standing ovation for The Teddies Saga!
This book series is so good- so weird and snuggly and dark… my 12yo and I are equally obsessed.
If you’ve ever noticed a ratty stuffed animal that someone cast aside and wondered who used to love them, if you’ve ever tossed one of your kids’ lovies in the trash, if you still have your childhood teddy… this series is for you!
We eagerly await book 3 in January!!
Oct 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much. I would say that book 2 wasn't quite as strong, but middle books in trilogies typically aren't. There's one thing that could have made the book a bit stronger, but I won't get into it due to spoilers. I can't necessarily say the author made the wrong choice. I didn't like it when it happened, but I understood it when I got further into the story. There are still a lot of unanswered questions that I'm sure will be answered in the final book. And now we wait... ...more
Sep 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
I do think that the stuffies have lives and want to be chosen and be lived by kids. This is a continuation of a story about handmade teddies that get bought out by a corporation interested in money only, the teddies are toxic and have been discarded and thrown away. In this book a group of teddies have left the trash lands and are making their way to furrington industries to get some answers.
Engel Dreizehn
Apr 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2022
Oh my goodness this is a dementedly dark teddy bear story (at middle grade level too!) like previous one and also left me with burning...I'm scared but oh this is so interesting + what is going to happen next feeling. ...more
Eileen Winfrey
Jun 08, 2022 rated it it was ok
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Jason Nickey
Feb 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022
Not as good as the first, but a great follow up. Definitely felt like it was leading to a bigger story. Looking forward to the 3rd
Apr 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is such a dark series that it's enjoyable for adults even though it's geared for kids. Daniel Kraus does horror stories well and this is no exception. Can't wait for more of this twisted world. ...more
Danni Lykaios
Jun 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
This one had a teddy bear cult in it. A TEDDY BEAR CULT.
Rebecca Ann
Nov 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Somehow even creepier than the last one. I'm very invested in Buddy's story, I must know how it ends! ...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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