Small Spaces

Small Spaces

eBook - 2018
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"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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525515036
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (218 pages)
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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kobrien3 Mar 25, 2019

Katherine Arden is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, so my expectations going into this read were pretty high. Luckily for me this spooky middle grade novel did not disappoint. The eerie story line kept me delightfully off balance and sent quite a few shivers down my spine (scarecrows are scary!), but the frights were balanced out by a relatable heroine, and a story that is equally focused on loss, bravery, and friendship. If you're interested in a story of survival, friendship, and can also handle some scares, this might be the choice for you. Just be sure that, if you read it at night, you stick to small spaces...

Feb 28, 2019

A creepy, fast-paced story I couldn't put down! I loved the characters especially -- and for a shortish novel that's very plot-driven, they had a good amount of depth, too. I was really rooting for them. Ollie had a particular kind of gentle complexity, and I felt for her tiredness at being "that kid" whose mother had died. I also really liked that the male characters were allowed to have gentleness, and I would be more than happy to visit Ollie's dad and knit with him over afternoon tea and homebaked bread any day.

As for the scariness, I am always a little nervous to read scary stories because sometimes they're just TOO scary for me. This one hit the sweet spot. It was thrilling enough I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next, but not so scary that I'll have nightmares of scarecrows tonight. ...probably.

I look forward to recommending this book the next time a kid wants something scary to read, especially in the fall!

Jan 22, 2019

A scary story set around Halloween and perfect for reading with your school-age kids around that time of year or for them to read on their own!

Full disclosure: I am a giant baby about scary books, and I had to set this aside one night and pick it up again during the day.

Jan 22, 2019

I picked this up because I love Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy. It did not disappoint. I'm usually not a fan of horror books, but I liked this one because it doesn't try to overdo the supernatural elements. The danger is slightly menacing and lurking just below the surface, not over the top. The pacing is great; each piece of the puzzle clicks together little by little. I did not see the big reveal coming at the end. I also love that this story makes a point to flip the traditional gender roles in Ollie's home--her mother is a daredevil adventurer while her dad likes to bake and knit. I would highly suggest picking up this book, especially around Halloween time.

Dec 28, 2018

This was surprisingly creepy, and very good. It was a simple, easy read for all audiences and I look forward to book 2.

Dec 10, 2018

Ollie and her mom and her dad are the heart of the story; her (new) friendships and their adventure nestle in; and the horror rounds it all out nicely. Arden draws good characters and writes some exhilarating terror. I especially enjoyed the countdowns on the watch, the villains, and the frustrating and brilliant riddle in “Until the Mist becomes Rain.”

It takes all the wits and nerve Ollie has to survive, and the considerable lung capacity and a strong pulse on the part of the reader to get to the end of the book. I wouldn’t allow yourself to think that just because this is a Juvenile Fiction that everyone is going to make it out in their skin. Part of the scare is compounded by each revelation that not everyone has.

Some will never leave you, some have become the haunting of a place, some have become the scarecrow with the stitched on grin.

Recommended for grade-schoolers who enjoy an adventure, a fright, and/or friendship stories. Small Spaces could be enjoyed anytime, but Autumn leading into Halloween would make it more fun. For readers of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, Holly Black, or R.L. Stine.

OPL_EllyR Nov 10, 2018

I liked this one for its creative spookiness, strong characters, and themes of friendship and grief. I'd say this is more straightforwardly scary than it is eerie or ominous, as there are a good helping of ghosts and other haunted beings. If you like Goosebumps but want to ditch the laughs and get a bit spookier, Small Spaces should be the next thing on your list.

Oct 31, 2018

Sixth grader Ollie Adler comes into possession of a very old book titled "Small Spaces" and becomes obsessed with reading it. Within its pages she reads the warning "When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small."

But this is more than just a scary book, it is about dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one, standing up for someone who is being bullied, teamwork, friendship, overcoming fear, bravery, and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds.

Highly recommended not just for children, it's also an enjoyable read for adults.

OPL_KrisC Jun 13, 2018

A scary book set during a class field trip and guaranteed to give you the creeps! For fans of Mary Downing Hahn.

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