Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

On a field trip to a Vermont farm with her classmates, Ollie becomes tangled up in a decades-old sinister mystery involving a dark bargain and scarecrows that are more than what they seem. On the way home, the school bus breaks down and the creepy bus driver advises Ollie and her friends to run before nightfall and to “Avoid large places. Keep to small”…because (as they soon discover firsthand) the clawing rake hands of menacing scarecrows can’t reach you if you’re tucked in a tight place.

The spooky chills and fall atmosphere (corn mazes and warm cider abound) was everything I hoped for and more, enhanced tenfold by my own reading circumstances (reading chapters between handing out candy to trick-or-treaters while the October wind whipped leaves off of trees and my mug of spiced tea steamed beside me).

I’ll be honest, though. I have a scarecrow up in my living room as part of my fall decorations and that thing just might have to come down. *shudders*

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC ARDEN)

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