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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525515043
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $16.99

Small Spaces

  • Katherine Arden



New York Times 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. Now in paperback.

New York Times 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. Now in paperback.

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie who only finds solace in books discovers a chilling ghost story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who 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.
     Captivated by the tale, Ollie begins to wonder if the smiling man might be real when she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about on a school trip to a nearby farm. Then, later, when her school bus breaks down on the ride home, the strange bus driver tells Ollie and her classmates: "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 begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
     Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed these warnings. 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.

  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525515043
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $16.99

Praise for Small Spaces

Praise for Small Spaces:

"Is it a mystery? A fairy tale? A horror thriller? As the suspense gripped me, I just wanted to know one thing--WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Terrifying and fun." --R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series

"The perfect book to be read by firelight during a chilly autumn evening--though you might find yourself inching closer to the light as the story nears its terrifying conclusion. Katherine Arden is a gifted storyteller with a wicked imagination!" --J. A. White, author of The Thickety series and Nightbooks

"This book scared the snot out of me. Fast-paced and spine-tinglingly delightful. I defy you to read the first two chapters without staying up the rest of the night to finish. You've been warned!" --Jonathan Auxier New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener

* "Atmospheric horror at its best. Chillingly tender." --Kirkus, starred review

* "With a tantalizing pace and palpable suspense, all nicely grounded in realistic emotions, this well-wrought spine-tingler is destined to be a hit (just makes sure the lights stay on)."--Booklist, starred review

* "The story is riveting and should appeal to both boys and girls. The characters are nicely developed and well rounded. The story moves at a good pace... It draws the reader in quickly and completely." --School Library Connection, starred review