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Small Spaces

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  690 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
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

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, stealin
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC given to me by a confirmed angel, Lilly at Lair of Books, which I will cherish and love forever!

“You might get to know characters in books, Ollie thought, but getting to know a human was an entirely different thing.”

Small Spaces is Katherine Arden’s debut middle grade novel and I loved it so very much friends. Many of you know that The Bear and the Nightingale is one of my favorite books of all-time, and even though these stories are nothing like one another, the beautiful writing, amazi
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I would read Katherine Arden's shopping list if she published it.
Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
so this is a ghost story about someone who pretty much got fucked over because they saved a book from being thrown into the water. can you imagine being a stack of dead tree and having this much power??
In fourth grade I sold my soul to the Scholastic Book Club’s Apple paperbacks. There was only one thing in the entire world I ever wanted to read, at that point. Only one thing that could make my little heart go pitter-pat, and that was the comforting presence of ghost stories. This was long before Bob Stine decided to slap an “R.L.” in front of his last name and stake a claim in the world of G-rated horror fare. But it was also long after John Bellairs made it his business to truck in the middl ...more
kath | novelandfolk
It is a confirmed fact that I will read anything Katherine Arden writes.
To be honest, I haven’t read a middle grade horror since I was squished into a school bus seat with a tattered copy of Goosebumps in my backpack. It isn’t a genre I had considered revisiting, not for any particular reason other than moving on to other things. However, when I found out that the author of my favourite trilogy was debuting a middle grade novel, of course I had to give it a try.

In Small Spaces, Arden really show
Joey Rambles
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Shelves: favorites-2018
About three things I was absolutely positive:

First, this is one of the scariest MG novels I've ever read.

Second, there is a possibility that this book might not get the same attention as something like City of Ghosts, which is a shame, because while I liked that novel, this one is an absolute gem and deserves to be treated as such.

And third, this is one of the scariest MG novels I've ever read.

I was right. Katherine Arden can do no wrong. I sincerely hope she continues writing for a very long ti
rachel 🌻
I don’t think I have ever been recommended an adult fantasy as much as Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale but in typical Rachel fashion, I jumped on her newest book instead.

Small Spaces reminded me why I adore middle grade to this day. It had everything I loved to see: a heartfelt friendship, palpable atmosphere, a twisty, turny plotline, and characters who I came to adore with every fibre of my being.

🎃 Ollie, our protagonist, is such a Gryffindor. She is slowly working through her grief and d
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐


"When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small."


❇As I've said already- this definitely reminded me of Goosebumps, or Are You Afraid Of The Dark? If you've never read a Goosebumps book, or watched either of these t.v. shows you probably won't know what I'm talking about, but I felt myself being brought back to a simpler time when the only "horror" I knew was the family friendly kind! I was completely invested in this
Katerina Kondrenko
7.5 out of 10

Very nice middle-grade story! I loved the writing (Arden knows how to make the words flow), creepy atmosphere, and the pacing. Oh, and the friendship too! Bromance development between the main characters was really great!
For those of us who grew up in the nineties (#datingmyself), SMALL SPACES is going to feel totally nostalgic for the days when you begged your parents to buy you the newest Goosebumps or Fear Street release, whatever RL Stine was putting out on any given day. This has that small town creepy factor, with intrepid children, and clues to follow with a mystery to solve, in order to save the day. The fact that I picked this up on the official first day of fall, and got to cuddle under a blanket as I ...more
andrea caro
Why, yes, spooky middle-grade is my bread and butter. Added this to the favorites shelf.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I truly appreciate Katherine Arden so much as a writer. She paints such perfect pictures and makes you feel like you’re right there. I was first introduced to her writing when I read The Bear and the Nightingale, and while these two stories are geared toward different age groups, Arden once again brought us all the the spooky, dark vibes.

Small Spaces follows Ollie, a sixth-grader from Vermont who is recovering from the death of her mom. She’s depressed and tends to isolate herself from friends a
Stephanie Gillespie
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Wherever you go in this big, gorgeous, hideous world, there is a ghost story waiting for you.” 

Small spaces is Katherine Arden’s first middle grade book, and the first book I’ve read by this author. I am in love with her writing, it's so good! I cannot wait to read Bear and the Nightingale this winter.

This story follows Ollie, a 12 year old girl in the sixth grade living in Vermont. She is dealing with the death of her mom, she is isolated from the other kids in her class. On her way home from
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 4-stars
Since I absolutely love The Winternight Trilogy, I didn't hesitate when I saw Katherine Arden wrote a middle grade horror novel. This author is amazing and definitely one I will follow in the future. I probably wouldn't have been interested in buying this book if she wasn't the author, I admit it. While I do appreciate middle grade novels qualities, they're not the ones I love the most. It's not a genre problem or a writing problem, it's a question of personal preferences. I do not have many ref ...more
Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Small Space is a spooky, Halloween read that is ensure to delight as well as haunt.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because I have loved the adult fantasy by this author, but I wasn't sure how I would feel about her writing a middle grade book. I'm happy to report that this was an unexpectedly amazing reading experience! I read this in a single sitting and could not put it down. Small Spaces is a deliciously creepy ghost story featuring some pretty terrifying scarecrows and a brave young heroine who is grieving the death of her mother. Full of adventure, friendship, a warm family, and some su ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Middle grade horror isn't something I usually read, but apparently Katherine Arden has the talent to make every story into something I end up loving. Excellent and genuinely spooky tale with great characters.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
So this was actually freaking adorable and creepy. Olivia is like my second favourite MG pov.

Also, scarecrows are just clowns made of a vegetable.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the perfect quick and creepy Halloween read! It gave me serious Goosebumps vibes.
Oct 13, 2018 added it
Deliciously creepy middle grade standalone (which hints at more to come...).
Kayla Brunson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Wherever you go in this big, gorgeous, hideous world, there is a ghost story waiting for you.”

This was my first middle grade book and it was so good ya’ll! Katherine Arden did a great job one with this one. It was easily spooky and grabbed my attention.

Our story starts with our main character Ollie stopping a woman from throwing a book in the water. She warns her to stick to the small spaces but Ollie isn’t sure what she’s talking about. She starts to read this book only to find out that thi
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars

This was such an original and creepy story and I loved it! I liked Ollie, the main character, a lot, the setting was so spooky but cozy at the same time. I only wish it were a bit longer in the end because the plot was lacking some more development and additional information. But, other than that, it's a great autumn read!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First thing's first: I got an ARC of this from the publisher via the book shop I work at. A gigantic thank you to that publisher for sending me the actual promotional box even though I live and work all the way in Sweden. An even bigger thank you goes to my boss, for asking for it for me in the first place!

I'm not sure I can sing the praises of Arden anymore without sounding like a maniac. She is an exceptional writer, and she continues to shine with Small Spaces. This is a departure from her tr
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I get a little more in-depth with my thoughts here, but basically, this is a wonderfully spooky, atmospheric middle grade that gives you those cozy autumnal feels.
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I swear to the gods above this better be published in the UK too otherwise I will become a small angry ball of agitation ;-;
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the stars seriously!!!

This is the first time ever I don’t want a story to end. Yes I love a lot of books, but this one is special. I am not sure why I feel this way, but last night I got goosebumps all of my body by just thinking about story. And please note that last night, I haven’t read the whole book, just half of it. It sent chills all over my body! Dang this book!

It’s atmospheric, haunting and SO FREAKING CREEPY!!!!! I can see why some will say that it has Goosebumps vibes into it!

I to
Marlous (agnesnutter_witch)
Let me start by saying that I LOVE The Bear & The Nightingale and The Girl in The Tower. But some of the vital ingredients of those books were missing in this one, if you ask me. I missed the thorough world-building, the likeable characters (sorry but I didn't feel much for any of the characters) and the amazing writing style.

I know I shouldn't compare the books, they are about different subjects and intended for different audiences. But I had certain expectations and Small Spaces didn't qui
This was good enough. It is completely my fault that I expected The Bear and the Nightingale, a writer doesn't have to follow the same genre or style to satisfy the readers, but still, I wish some complexity in world building matched the first book. There were some beautiful lines and loveable characters, but in the end, this story was naive. This was intended for younger teenagers, so I understand that it was crucial to make everything more simplistic (not an insult for teenagers, just a heads ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Ollie has a fantastically supportive father (who is also a really good cook), but she is not happy. She's quit chess club, doesn't want to talk to her friends, and counts the minutes until school is over. When she is out walking, she meets a frantic woman who attempts to throw a book into the water. Appalled by this, Ollie takes the book and runs home. When she starts to read it, it turns out to be a diary kept by the ancestor of the woman who owns a local farm that make
Amazing amazing! I absolutely loved this book and finished it in one day! I’ll be a part of a blog tour on Thursday so I’ll make sure this is updated with the review!
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