Small Spaces

Small Spaces Review

Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

Title:Small Spaces
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Melanie

    ARC given to me by a confirmed angel, Lilly at Lair of Books, which I will cherish and love forever! “You might get to know characters in books, Ollie thought, but getting to know a human was an en...

  • Hannah

    I would read Katherine Arden's shopping list if she published it....

  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)

    so this is a ghost story about someone who pretty much got fucked over because they saved a book from being thrown into the water. can you imagine being a stack of dead tree and having this much power...

  • Betsy

    In fourth grade I sold my soul to the Scholastic Book Club’s Apple paperbacks. There was only one thing in the entire world I ever wanted to read, at that point. Only one thing that could make my li...

  • Peter Monn

    Much better than I thought it would be. Really enjoyed this. It felt like a more developed Goosebumps book with more character development. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://YouT...

  • Eryn

    Actual: 3.5 / 5 This was my first Katherine Arden novel, and it did not disappoint! I love how unique this was and how much I related to Ollie and her love of reading (amongst other things). Reading t...

  • Joey Rambles

    About three things I was absolutely positive:First, this is one of the scariest MG novels I've ever read.Second, there is a possibility that this book might not get the same attention as something lik...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    3 stars A creepy little book with a strange story. I liked it just fine, but it didn't suck me in at all and I found myself skimming at the end. I thought I would find it scary, but after binging the...

  • ?Brithanie Faith?

    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐"When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small."Pros:❇As I've said already- this definitely reminded me of Goosebu...

  • kath | novelandfolk

    It is a confirmed fact that I will read anything Katherine Arden writes.To be honest, I haven’t read a middle grade horror since I was squished into a school bus seat with a tattered copy of Goosebu...