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Small Spaces (Large Print / Library Binding)

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What might be lurking in the dark when the sun goes down and the fog comes rolling in? From the exceptionally unique voice that brought us The Bear and the Nightingale comes a middle grade debut that sends chills up your spine, even on the warmest day. Olivia Adler, a.k.a. Ollie, is the type of girl who has an intense love for books. So when she stumbles upon a slightly crazed woman about to throw a book into the river in her small Vermont town, she has no choice but to stealit  away from her. Little does she know that the woman who was trying to discard the book is the same woman who owns the farm where her sixth grade class is taking their next field trip. Avoid large places at night, keep to small… The book issues a warning and as strange things begin to unfold on the farm, Ollie realizes there’s much more to the book and this farm than meets the eye.

— Elisa


"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, 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.""

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432865894
ISBN-10: 1432865897
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: June 12th, 2019
Pages: 290
Language: English