Do not read this one before bedtime, or in a cornfield at sunset, or most definitely not in SMALL SPACES.
This well spun tale begins as a mystery of sorts for about the first hundred pages. The rest of the way can only be described as TERRIFYING. A busload of sixth graders and their teacher are on a field trip to a farm. (By the way, I doubt the bus driver was ever employed by the school district.) For young Ollie, things seem eerily familiar to the book she’s been reading also called Small Spaces.
The bus gets stuck on a misty dark road. Ollie discovers the scarecrows are alive but can only get you at night. Yikes. The tension put forth is at an all time high. I’m talking Goosebumps to the tenth power. But what great writing! You’ll savor the twists and turns. The middle grade audience will enjoy every minute spent with Ollie and her creepy adventure. I for one will be reading this again every Halloween.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018 PAGE COUNT: 224
THE OFFICIAL BLURB (From Putnam and Penguin Young Readers Group)
And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.
FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT:
- Ollie is a fantastic heroine. Her decisions and eventual understanding of classmates bring her character full circle.
- There may be a run on scarecrow costumes this Halloween, although the ones in
Small Spaces aren’t looking to fill their bag with candy.
- You might get the chills reading this one, but it’s a good kind of chill knowing you’ve read a great story.
- Some may call this short, but at 224 pages it is just right for middle graders.
- The story matches the attention grabbing cover. So many elements to entice readers.
FAVORITE CREEPY LINE
The driver looked all around and then whispered so that she could barely hear, “They are strong at night, remember? They have clever, grabbing hands, but stiff. and they can’t grab you if they can’t reach you. At night!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 crêpes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.
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Yikes! I’m never chaperoning a field trip again!!
This sounds like it would scare the snot out of me. Heck, that cover alone scared me pretty well, but my granddaughter is crazy for scary things. I will order a copy for her. Thanks for telling me about it.
The title and the cover alone would creep me out.
I’m with Rosi! The cover is beyond creepy! I know there are a lot of readers who love scary stories and this definitely fits the bill. Great Halloween pick, but not for me! I don’t like scary.
Of course in MG the ending is a happy one, but I won’t be looking at that Wizard of Oz scarecrow quite the same way anymore!
Ha, I agree!
I just finished City of Ghosts and now placed this book on hold at my library. I am excited to start reading this one.
Perfect Halloween week pick! I’d like to read this one–but it will probably be too much for my youngest. Thanks for your review.
I learned at age six or seven to not read books which I know are going to scare me silly! That said, thanks for sharing this one with us for MMGM today, Greg. The cover art is very clever.
what is the falling action in small spaces