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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.”

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Comments on: "Small spaces – Katherine Arden" (1)

  1. I recommend the book Small Spaces. This is a spooky thrilling novel that will have you hooked from the first page. It is about a girl called Tash who started seeing an eerie creature called Sparrow when she was 8 years old, Tash suffers from claustrophobia and struggles with being dis included from things especially when it involves her best friend Sadie. Tash is going well until a family from out of town move into her neighborhood and she starts to see Sparrow again like when she was 8. What I love about this book is how it has lots of genres linked into the one book it has mystory, romance, and horror all in the one book. I also love how it has little flashbacks linked in it between chapters such as transcripts of interviews with Tash’s shrink, newspaper articles, and flashback scenes. I give this book an 8/10 and would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good scary book.

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