Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1) by Katherine Arden

Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1)

Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classicAfter 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, Olli...

Details Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1)

TitleSmall Spaces (Small Spaces #1)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Horror, Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1)

  • Melanie
    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 ar...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    What fun!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Unfortunately this one didn’t really do much for me :( it was fine, but it definitely didn’t live up to the hopes I had for it. Womp.
  • Betsy
    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 ...
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    Many thanks to the G.P. Putnam's Sons for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review When the mist rises, and the Smiling Man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small. Have you ever heard of the Scoville Scale? It is the scale that measures the spicy-ness of a food. Mainly peppers. With the lowest pepper, the Bell Pepper, all the way to the hottest, the Carolina Reaper 💀, the Scoville Scale has a variety of ...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    "Avoid large places. Keep to small." Why haven't I read anything sooner by this incredible author? This book was perfection.  It was heartfelt, had great characters and most importantly - was actually spooky! It's the perfect Halloween read, or if you are like me, it's a perfect all-year round read.Middle-grade horror is probably my favorite for this category.  As much as I love fantasy, I tend to seek out the horror even more in middle-grade...
  • Eryn
    Actual: 3.5 / 5 This was my first Katherine Arden novel, and it did not disappoint! I love how unique this was and how much I related to Ollie and her love of reading (amongst other things). Reading this made me feel all nostalgic for whatever reason, too — which was great.For such a short novel, so many things happened. But that’s to be expected from a Children’s book, since it allows their imagination to take over. That being said, it lea...
  • ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
    Oh yeah, baby, bring it on! Everyday is a good day to read some spooky, cozy, Halloween kid's book 🎃Ollie is an 11-year-old girl who recently lost her mom and lives with the her pie-baking, sock-kitting, sweetest dad in the world. She is extremely clever, plays chess like a pro, and reads like an adult. One day, going home from school, she sees a crying woman trying to toss a book in the river. Ollie, being a young bookworm, is horrified by th...
  • Joey Rambles
    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 since...
  • Peter Monn
    Much better than I thought it would be. Really enjoyed this. It felt like a more developed Goosebumps book with more character development. My full review will be on my booktube channel at
  • 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 h...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    3 stars A creepy little book with a strange story. I liked it just fine, but it didn't suck me in at all and I found myself skimming at the end. I thought I would find it scary, but after binging the haunting of hill house all weekend I think the scare-o-meter had zero effect on me.I am definitely interested in trying Arden's adult novels, maybe I will connect with those more.Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐"When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small."Pros:❇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...
  • samantha (books-are-my-life20)
    So I wanted something to read for Halloween that wasn't blooding or worst and found this had just come out and it looked fun, I went in thinking it would be like The Halloween tree, but found it was pretty creepy mostly because I can't stand scarecrows. But I could see anyone of any age enjoy this like I did if you want something a little spooky to read with no blood or guts.
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I enjoyed this middle-grade book quite a lot. After finishing The Winter of the Witch, I was in a bit of book hangover so I decided to see what else Katherine Arden has written because I needed more of her writing just as soon as possible. When I found out that she had recently published a middle-grade novel, I was really quite eager to get my hands on it so I put in a request at my l...
  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    3.4 stars Great Halloween read but I didn't find it spooky enough. I know it's intended for a younger audience but kid Tinja would have agreed with me ;)
  • Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
    If you like added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)This is a quick read, and perfect for Halloween because it’s goosebump-inducingly spooky (and incidentally reminds me a lot of Goosebumps). I don’t do well with scary, and I seriously can’t emphasize that enough. This one isn’t even scary but it’s shiver-me-creepy and man alive did I have to hold my breath to make it through (yes, I'm that much of a wimp).Let’s begin A ...
  • Melki
    "Who is coming?" she asked. "At nightfall."The white eyes swept her up and down. Then he said, "His people. His servants."Arden presents a fun, creepy tale of a school field trip gone horribly, HORRIBLY wrong. Likable characters, and plenty of suspense make this book a real page-turner. And, though the author sort of lost me at the ending, I'm guessing the 8 to 10 year old set will probably love this one.
  • andrea caro
    Why, yes, spooky middle-grade is my bread and butter. Added this to the favorites shelf.
  • 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 ...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    Katherine Arden is truly my new queen. Despite reading this on Christmas Eve, this spooky novel is so incredibly atmospheric (which has always been a strength of Arden’s) and it was so easy to slip into the setting of autumnal Vermont, complete with trees thick with burning foliage and farms with golden corn and hay bales. An incredibly quick MG read, I also found it suitably spooky and it gave me Stranger Things vibes with the characters & the...
  • Hollis
    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 da...
  • 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!
  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    ✩ 5 Stars ✩ Small Spaces was scary AF! Wow, I underestimated the amount of creepiness when going in because it’s a middle grade. I WAS SO WRONG!!! I’m still getting waves of goosebumps, and scarecrows are now on ‘The List’ with clowns... 🙈🙈🙈Audiobook Performance: ★★★Blog ✧ Twitter ✧ Instagram
  • Stephanie Gillespie
    "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 isolate...
  • Books on Stereo
    Small Space is a spooky, Halloween read that is ensure to delight as well as haunt.
  • Amy Risner
    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...
  • Rebecca
    When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking,you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small.Ollie leaves school one day, heading to the creek, when she sees a strange woman crying and preparing to throw a book in the water. As a voracious reader she naturally rescues the book and takes it home with her. The book is Small Spaces, as she reads she finds that it is a late 1800's account of a farm family, the tragedy and odd mysteries ...