Katherine Arden, author of one of our staff favorites, THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE, will be at An Unlikely Story to introduce her new middle-grade novel, SMALL SPACES, a very fun, very spooky contemporary novel about a girl whose field trip goes terribly, terribly wrong. It has already gotten praise from R.L. Stine, been called “Halloween’s spookiest new must-read” by Entertainment Weekly, and continues to garner starred reviews!
Have you ever gotten caught up in a spooky story around a campfire, or let your imagination run wild on a crisp October night? If you have ever ventured into a haunted house or a dark corn maze, then you will love SMALL SPACES!
ABOUT THE 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.
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.
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.