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Small Spaces

(2018)
(The first book in the Small Spaces series)
A novel by

 
 
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

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.

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
ISBN: 1-4328-6589-7 / 978-1-4328-6589-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
ISBN: 0-525-51502-X / 978-0-525-51502-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

August 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
ISBN: 1-4328-6590-0 / 978-1-4328-6590-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
ISBN: 0-525-51504-6 / 978-0-525-51504-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Puffin Books
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
Publisher: Listening Library
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September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
Publisher: Listening Library
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
Publisher: Listening Library
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September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Small Spaces
Author(s): Katherine Arden
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU