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Small Spaces

Small Spaces
 

After eleven-year-old Ollie's school bus mysteriously breaks down on a field trip, she has to take a trip through scary woods, and must use all of her wits to survive. She must stick to small spaces --

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ISBN 9780525515043
Barcode 9780525515043
Published 2 July 2019 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Arden, Katherine
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ISBN-13 9780525515043
ISBN-10 0525515046
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin USA
Publication Date 2 July 2019
International Publication Date 9 July 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Arden, Katherine
Category Horror & Ghost Stories, Chillers
Crime & Mystery
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 195mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 206g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Friendship, Supernatural, Books and reading, School field trips, Survival
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 977046

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for Small Spaces: Three Starred Reviews A Kirkus Best Book of 2018 - Middle-Grade A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018 - Middle-Grade A Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2018 An Amazon Best Book - October 2018 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 Riveting...The story moves at a good pace with just enough clues to keep the reader intrigued and guessing. --School Library Connection, starred review 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 Arden...shrouds her Halloween-time story in autumnal mists, introducing a...cast of ominous figures, from ghosts to shapeshifters and scarecrow minions. Ollie is a relatable heroine who finds strength through trusting in friendship, while her ghostly adventures lead her to learn an important truth: sometimes, the best way to honor the memory of a loved one is by moving forward, bravely, and with love. --Publishers Weekly The novel's menacing fantasy world of centuries-old ghosts and children being turned into scarecrows is provocative enough, but explicit references to Narnia, Wonderland, and Cerberus of Hades make for a smart and moving account of how stories may transport but grief and loss still take a lot from us. -- BCCB

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Author's Bio

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crapes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.

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