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Small Spaces
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story in the tradition of R. L. Stine destined to become a classic. When eleven-year-old Ollie lost her mother in a plane crash, she sought solace in her books. So when she stumbles upon a distraught woman standing on the banks of the river intent on throwing a book into the water, Ollie stops her, steals the book and rides away on her bike. Upon reading, Ollie discovers a chilling ghost story about a girl, Elizabeth Morrison, who is being chased through cornfields filled with scarecrows by two brothers with deadly intent. When she finds the graves of Elizabeth Morrison and her tormentors, Jonathan and Caleb, on a farm during a school trip, on a day already full of odd occurrences, Ollie starts to think this book is more than just a book. On the ride home, the school bus breaks down along the side of the road and none of the kids or their teacher can get service on their cell phones to call for help. And then Ollie's digital wristwatch starts a mysterious countdown, with the word RUN spelled out on the face. She and two unlikely new friends are the only ones to heed its warning. As night begins to fall, they head out into the woods, bracketed by fearsome scarecrows. The bus driver gives them a word of advice. In order to survive whatever is coming, they'll need to keep to small spaces.
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Very scary middle grade book but satisfactory resolution

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I love this description!

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AmyTheBookdragon
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Making up for the books I didnt buy near Halloween...
#Haul #YA #Horror #Fall

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aprilpohren
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #LitsyLove #winterswap Sent my package out today!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 🎉🎊🙌🏻 2w
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LibrarianRyan
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A fantastic read that was perfectly atmospheric for October. It had chills, adventure, and daring. Once started it was hard to put down. While the book does not need a sequel, I can not wait to read the one that just came out so i can see what these kids will do next.
#MountTBR
#NancyDrewChallenge #Garden

Full Reveiw on LT and GR

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#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon day 29 I'm using a #purple covered book from my TBR list
#teamslaughter @Clwojick

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I forgot all about reviewing this book yesterday, but that means I get to post a photo of the copy for my class library that arrived in the book order today!

I really enjoyed this spooky #middlegrade story that explored grief and friendship alongside a ghost story. It was creepy and intriguing and a perfect October read.

#MGBuddyRead #MsDsLibrary

LibrarianRyan I agree! 3w
Lmstraubie It was a great choice! 3w
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Last question. #mgbuddyread

It‘s not uncommon for parents to not be around in MG books. Usually the dad was gone, or just never there, but no mom usually means she is deceased.

Is this a common trope that we should be asking authors to change. Maybe more dead dads and more missing moms? Maybe parents who are in the picture? Thoughts?

Lifeisasnap Good question. I‘m going to have to think on this one. I‘ve read a lot of MG books and I feel that the tide is changing towards what you are suggesting, however the majority of stay at home parenting or main parenting is still in the hands of the mother so a deceased mom is just still that effective in my opinion. I still want to think about it though, so that‘s not my final answer.😀

Thanks for the great Q‘s. What did you think of the premise?
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LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap Sorry for being so late with my answer to the Premise. I finally answered that on the intro page. You probably just got a lot of notices.

As for the dead mom, I'm kind of tired of it. It makes this book somewhat of an “issue“ book. It's not as on the nose as When Darkness Calls, or I Kill Giants, but still...

It might just be that with #LMPBC I have been reading a lot of girls with dead moms MG lately.
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Daisey I am going to have to pay closer attention to this. I always notice how the parents are missing or in the background, but I have not specifically noted the proportion of dead moms and other reasons for the lack of parents. I kind of waited until today to comment because I wanted to think on it and see what others said. In this book, I do think the recent death of a parent provided another ghost opportunity. 3w
Peddler410 I agree with @Daisey For this book specifically, the mom being dead was central to Ollie‘s response to the situation. Especially since it was the watch helping her out. 3w
Peddler410 In general, I don‘t give a lot of thought to the reason for absent parents but I DO notice when the parents are in the picture. 3w
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#mgbuddyread

Why do you think the narrator waited 88 pages to tell the reader the mom was dead?

Did this revelation surprise you?

Do you think it will surprise a MG reader?

Daisey I figured this out very quickly, but I think it is a good slow reveal for middle grade readers. I think whether or not they would figure it out would depend on their own reading skills and life experiences. 4w
Lifeisasnap I liked the time it took to find out. It made Ollie a little more dependable on her reasoning for not truly trusting the watch. Which keeps the suspense going. It didn‘t surprise me, however it was a pleasant twist. Each child will come to the conclusion at their own speed. If I wasn‘t reading at night I think I would‘ve figured it out sooner. However, I got a little too into the story and freaked myself out. My review explains that. Lol 4w
Peddler410 It was obvious to me from the beginning. I think the interactions between Ollie and Dad pointed in this direction. It was no surprise when it was finally confirmed. 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap @Daisey I agree I liked the slow reveal. You kind of came to that conclusion early on, but the confirmation was helpful. I think it depends on the kid if they would figure it out. I would have liked to know a bit more about the family dynamics before the mom died. 3w
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#mgbuddyread

A. How did an entire class field trip have only one chaperone?

B. How did this one adult explain the kids being gone overnight and then just emerging from the mist?

Daisey This is the perk of being a middle grade story. Somehow the adults just always seem to fade into the background. At least that‘s my simple reasoning. 4w
Lifeisasnap The bus driver was considered a chaperone too? That can be the only explanation. I love lack of details like this In a story as it prevents the interference of the adults. It‘s like Charlie Brown, or as @daisey said, it fades them into the background. I think Chaperones would‘ve tried to control the situation.
MG readers don‘t really care about the adults in a story anyway. Didn‘t some of the parents show their concern? IDK, maybe I‘m wrong?
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Peddler410 Again, I agree with the above. I was not bothered by the lack of field trip reality 😊 My husband would spend his time poking holes in the probability 😂 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap @sblbooks @mrp27 @Daisey Middle Grade Book + Adults = suspended reality lol 3w
mrp27 @Lmstraubie Exactly! I'm not too bothered by the lack of adults, they would just make things complicated. 3w
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#mgbuddyread

Why or how do you think Ollie‘s broken watch talks to her? How could Ollie be sure who was giving her instructions?

Peddler410 The watch was her mother‘s adventuring watch. I believe Mom is the only possibility. While I have never personally experienced supernatural occurrences, I believe in the possibility. 3w
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 I had one when I was 4 or five. My great uncle was sitting in the end of the bed telling me not to worry because everything would be fine. He wasn‘t anywhere around, I do t remember meeting him prior, and it was the night he slipped into a coma that lasted until his death almost 20 years later. I‘ve been told I woke up masking for the man, pointed out the picture of my uncle and wanted to know where he went. 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan I think her mother was able to communicate with her because of where they were. The advice she was receiving was helping them so Ollie was able to trust it. 3w
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#mgbuddyread

If not for the events taking place, do you think Coco, Brian, and Ollies would have been friends.

Daisey I think there was potential for Ollie to become friends with either or both of them over time, but it would have been a much slower process. 4w
Lifeisasnap I‘m not sure Coco would've allowed herself to speak up enough for either Brian or Ollie to get to know her enough to become friends. Being that Brian has a crush on Ollie definitely they eventually would‘ve become friends and maybe more. I wonder which character(s) the sequel will include... 4w
Peddler410 I agree with both comments. @Lifeisasnap all three kids are headed to a winter cabin with Ollie‘s dad and Coco‘s mom.... I like the possibilities of that character line up. 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap @Daisey I think Brian and Ollie would have been if Ollie was willing to. I'm not sure they would have given Coco a chance. 3w
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#mgbuddyreas

What benefit does the smiling man get from his deals? Why does he make them?

Peddler410 I‘m still figuring that out. I don‘t know...other than control over others. 4w
sblbooks @Peddler410 I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one still trying to figure that out. Maybe that's why there's a sequel. 4w
mrp27 Agreed, I couldn't figure it out. Very curious if the sequel answers this. 4w
Daisey I didn‘t really dwell on this, but I just considered it similar to stories where a person makes a deal with the devil and sells their soul. I don‘t expect this to be answered in a sequel. I think that will introduce a new ghost or paranormal creature. 4w
LibrarianRyan @Daisey @mrp27 @sblbooks @Peddler410 I‘m not sure either but part of it makes me think it‘s his “job”. Especially when you find out who the smiling man currently is and that he works on the farm. 4w
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#mgbuddyread

How does the movement of the scarecrow differ from daytime to night time?

Peddler410 Daytime they can‘t move if people can see. Nighttime — fair game, anything goes. 4w
mrp27 Their daytime movement felt very stiff and awkward and their night time movement felt much more fluid. 4w
LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 but with the moonlight shining off the mist, someone would still be able to see the scarecrows. Plus you want to stick to small spaces so they can‘t catch you you,, but what if they just couldn‘t see you? 4w
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Why are the missing trapped as scarecrows? Why not some other form?

Peddler410 Scarecrows fit the setting. I think it‘s ingenious, especially for autumn. Scarecrows are people-like so that makes it creepy. 4w
Daisey I think it just fits the setting and provides a way for them to be recognizable while also stuck. 4w
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Of the three main kids, which is the strongest and why?

sblbooks Ali is the strongest, she's had a lot to deal with in her life losing her mom. She's also the bravest. She was the one who was willing to leave the bus. 4w
sblbooks Brian was the weakest, he wanted to stay with the group; although they were all three brave in the end. 4w
Peddler410 Ollie gets bravest with Brian as weakest. However, Brian gets most growth by the end. 4w
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Daisey @Peddler410 I would agree with this. 4w
LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Peddler410 @Daisey it surprises me no one has said Coco for strongest yet. So many thought she was an air head cry baby, but she kept her cool, barely complained, and showed up tough in the end. She was the new kid trying to shrug off first perceptions. She never left her fears get in the way. 4w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Daisey I think they all had strengths and weaknesses at different points in the story. Ollie at the bridge, Brian not wanting to go, Coco's tripping. But they also supported each other through the rough spots showing their strengths. 3w
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Let‘s start this off at the beginning.

Could you have thrown the book in the water? Would you have stopped someone from throwing the book in the water?

#mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I will always save the book from the water! 😊 4w
sblbooks No, I would not have thrown the book in the water. My curiosity would get the best of me. Yes, I would try to stop someone from throwing the book in the water. 4w
mrp27 It's been a year since I've read this so I maybe a little rusty but I think my curiosity would have got the best of me. 4w
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Daisey I m pretty sure I‘m with everyone else in thinking I would try to save the book. 4w
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @sblbooks @mrp27 @Daisey The woman was so adamant about it, I think I would have let her do it, and then snagged it out of the water. 4w
Lifeisasnap It‘s like the Ring, I don‘t think I could‘ve destroyed the book, however, I would‘ve tried to stay away from it, and like Frodo probably would‘ve failed at staying away and not checking it out. 😉 4w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap @sblbooks @mrp27 @Daisey I would have had to stop her - curiosity & no damaging books! 3w
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LibrarianRyan
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Welcome to the #MGBuddyRead. Any one can join the discussion. The questions will be posted under a spoiler warning. The first five will be posted now each in their own post, and the next five in an hour or so.

Comment, don‘t comment, we welcome all readers.

Lifeisasnap Where are you in the book? I read the ARC I‘m curious to know what others think of the concept of the story... 4w
Peddler410 Thank you @LibrarianRyan for leading this discussion! 4w
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 Your Welcome. 4w
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LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap my copy was the ARC as well. I have had it for a while. I went in blind (i like to do that). Overall i quite enjoyed it. I liked the fall feel with the scarecrows and the watch. I'm not sure if that's supposed to be magic, love, etc. I really wished we could have known more about dad. He is really caring, but kind of like a side figure of little importance. I hope to see more of him in book 2. This book doesn't need a book 2, 4w
LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap but I look forward to reading it. I think some things were too simple, like one adult and the buss driver on loan from the farm. I loved the reveal of the smiling man because I didn't see that coming. I didn't think he would be a character we would have already been introduced to. Plus I love the Devil went down to Georgia theme. You see it on a lot of TV shows, movies, and adult books, but to see it done for kids was great. 4w
LibrarianRyan @lifeisasnap I was pleasantly surprised. I have not read her other popular series for adults. It's on my TBR. We get so many fairy tale retellings for this age, that it was nice to see more folklore retelling or I'm not sure if I would call this a biblical retelling without the religion or not. The base is the Crossroads man, or deal with the devil. Overall I think it was well done, and will probably be in the MG lexicon for a while as there 4w
LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap is so little “horror“ for kids. Let alone horror that is well written, keeps the attention, etc. In fact i bet this is a movie in the next 5-10 years. 4w
Lifeisasnap I agree that it will probably be a movie and hopefully they keep it as a children‘s movie and not Halloween campy so that it turns into an adult movie, although that might be just as fun. 3w
Lifeisasnap Yeah, I loved the reveal about the “smiling man” too. He was the surprise to me too. Kids seem to get the brunt of lack of scare because most people don‘t think they can take it. I read Cujo at 12. Couldn‘t be around black dogs for years! 😂 I loved the horror books! 3w
LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap I agree there is such a lack of horror for kids and teens that they jump to King and Koontz at early ages. I did the same thing. I like to see some of the horror coming out for MG and YA , and that its really quality stuff. 3w
LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap I'm not sure I could take it if they turned it into a campy NA/Adult thriller. Keep it to it's age. It could join the like of Scary Stories and House with a clock in it's walls. 3w
Lifeisasnap I agree. I used to work at our community library and the kids always had such a hard time finding what they wanted. I tried very hard to get the circulation clerk to order scary for the youth section, it was always GooseBumps or Lemony Snicket before I got there. Kids want to be scared. They beg to be scared! I took care do that just in the year I was there. 😉 😀 glad you also enjoyed Small Spaces even with the mother element. 3w
Peddler410 @Lifeisasnap @LibrarianRyan I enjoyed the premise but it was too predictable for me. I figured out who the “smiling man” was very early. I‘m not sure the scary is scary enough for my middle school readers but I donated my copy and I will be talking it up with Mary Downing Hahn books. 3w
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 I agree on the not scary enough. But knowing most kids are not as jaded as I makes me think plenty will find it scary. But maybe not. I like Mary Hahn but do t think her books are that scary either. Well written but not scary. 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan So I HATE scary. It usually takes me forever to get over something that has scared me (I still have nightmares about the original Don't Be Afraid of the Dark movie.) That being said I liked the creep factor of this one - more spine chilling than scary. I think I'm going to read the sequel. 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @Lifeisasnap @sblbooks @mrp27 @Daisey Thank you @LibrarianRyan for hosting this month. Great book choice! Sorry all that the survey hasn't gone out yet (I have been sick for the past 3 weeks - don't ask) My goal is to get it done this weekend so we'll probably do a Nov./Dec. book (which might work out better with the holidays). Thanks all! 3w
mrp27 @Lmstraubie Same! I'm a wimp and can't handle scary but this was perfectly creepy for me. I'm totally interested in reading the next book. 3w
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Hmmmm...what do you think of making it the next pick? @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @sblbooks @Daisey @Lifeisasnap Sequel anyone? (But perfectly fine if you want to move on also.) 3w
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I‘m fine with that. 3w
Peddler410 I would prefer something different, but whatever the group decides is fine. I can always choose to sit one out. 3w
Lifeisasnap Sadly, I‘m going to have to pass. I have about 6 books left to review. Thanks for the invite though. 3w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Something different it is! I wouldn't want you to skip it. 3w
sblbooks @Lmstraubie I just saw this post. I hope you're feeling better soon. 3w
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I‘m really enjoying all of the bookish moments in this story, and there are some great allusions.

#MGBuddyRead
#Readathon #DeweysReadathon #DeweyOct

Daisey This is my first finished book of the readathon, but I think I will wait to post a review until after tomorrow‘s discussion. 4w
Lmstraubie I loved all the bookish conversations too! I wasn't expecting that. 4w
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Just finished this one. I usually don't like creepy stories, but really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to our #mgbuddyread on Sunday hosted by @LibrarianRyan Questions posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!

aprilpohren I grabbed this from my son's book order and can't wait to read it! 4w
Lmstraubie @aprilpohren It was well done & there's a sequel. Hey, if you finish it in the next few days join our discussion! 4w
Daisey I‘m in the middle of it right now and plan to finish tomorrow so I can participate in the discussion! 4w
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Lmstraubie @Daisey As you get further in it gets harder to put down! 4w
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I do agree. 4w
sblbooks I was wondering what we're going to read for next month, do you know yet? 3w
Lmstraubie @sblbooks I posted about it in the first post of the discussion. I tagged you, sorry you didn't see it 🙁 3w
aprilpohren I am almost finished reading it and really enjoy it! 3w
Lmstraubie @aprilpohren When you're done search #mgbuddyread and add to the discussion 🙂 3w
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I read this one with my kiddo. We both loved it. Arden has writes well and has beautiful imagery. Great middle grade Halloween read. Book 5 #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

LibrarianRyan I too just compleated this. The #MGBuddyRead will be discussing it on Sunday (it's a join the discussion any time you want kind of thing). We would love to hear your thoughts. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft This cover is so appealing! #coverlust 1mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Really impressed by this book. Perfect for this time of year. Can‘t wait til Sunday‘s discussion. #mgbuddyread

Longer review later.

Johanna414 I read this to my 6th grade book club last year and they LOVED it! I need to order the sequel. 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Johanna414 yeah. I looked at the sequel and was like yup. I need to read that. 1mo
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Just a reminder that this Sunday is the #mgbuddyread Litsy discussion. We will be discussing the tagged book. Anyone can join in.

Happy Reading. 🎃

mdm139 My kid and I are buddy reading this. We should be done by Sunday in time for the discussion 1mo
sblbooks I finished it last week, so I'm ready to go. 1mo
Bkwrm7 Oooh, I listened to this earlier this year and loved it. Looking forward to the discussion. 1mo
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Now THIS is a “Halloween Read” if there ever was one! Why, it even takes place around Halloween and, (even while being Middle Grade), is so atmospheric that I could nearly smell the dried leaves & cornfields and the PERFECT amount of spooky and filled with unexpected surprises while still feeling “cozy”. It reminded me a bit of watching a beloved Halloween movie. Made even better with how I read it on a cold & rainy October day.

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“At Night They Will Come for the Rest of You” Ollie and her friends receive this warning from the driver after their bus has broken down in the mist and their teacher has left to get help.

I really enjoyed this read! I just wanted to sit down and finish it in one swoop, but work, sleep, friends (who show up early when you only have the last 10 pages). #scarathlon #teamstoker 4pts

mdm139 My son and I are reading this one at bedtime 1mo
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @mdm139 It seems like the perfect book to read together 💕 1mo
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants! Just a reminder about this month's book. @LibrarianRyan has graciously offered to help me out and will be running this month's discussion. Questions are posted the last Sunday of the month (Oct. 27th) around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!!!

Daisey I just checked out a copy today, and I hope to make time to read it soon! 1mo
Lmstraubie @Daisey I'm a little afraid lol I don't do well with scary stories - adult or kid Have you ever read this one 1mo
JaclynW I just finished this book! 1mo
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sblbooks I'm ready! I just finished it today. 1mo
Cinfhen Hi Lisa!!!! Just realized I haven‘t “seen” you in AGES!!!!!! Hope all is well ❤️😘 4w
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen Hi Cindy 👋 Things have been crazy on this end. I miss my Listy friends and really need to get back on board. Please, please tell me I didn't miss your visit this summer!! 4w
Cinfhen There was no official meet-up this summer 😢but I was in the States. It was a really hectic summer and I didn‘t have lots of free time. Hopefully we‘ll get a chance to catch up next time I‘m in. Miss you 😘 4w
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen Hope all is well on your side of the globe! Miss you too!! 😘 4w
TheBookHippie I fell off too! Notify me of the next read! 4w
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I read this in less than a day and immediately gave it to my mom to read. 😊 It was so good! And just the right kind of creepy! I enjoyed it so much that I had to get the 2nd book. Gotta love Amazon 1 day shipping. 🤗

Linsy Love that pumpkin!! 😍👻🎃 1mo
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This was the perfect #ScreamathonSwap book to start with. It was just great.

My rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

#Screamathon

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These are some pretty amusing "bad dad jokes"

Texreader Agreed! 😆 2mo
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Super early flight this morning ( being at the airport at 3am = no lines at security! 😊). My hold for Small Spaces came in at the library yesterday afternoon, so I should be able to keep myself occupied for awhile!

JoScho Where you going friend? 2mo
AmberWB @JoScho Indiana for my parents‘ 50th anniversary party. 😊 2mo
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My first read of October was a seasonally appropriate slightly spooky mg adventure. In this modern dark fairy tale you get to experience all the atmosphere a cold rainy Vermont October has to offer, warmed up with the magic of watching our mc, an avid reader, escape into her current story come to life. #scarathlon #teamstoker @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Question: does this book take place during Halloween? 2mo
IndoorDame @TheReadingMermaid No. Lots of pumpkins and scarecrows, and some Halloween decorations around the neighborhood, but all the action is pre-Halloween. There is a ghost, and a few other otherworldly creatures, but I wasn‘t sure if it really qualified as a ghost story cause that‘s not how I would describe it to someone? 2mo
TheReadingMermaid I'm going to say that counts as a Halloween book girl. there are a lot of Halloween elements in this book it sounds like. So I'm going to give it to you 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
rather_be_reading cool cover too! 2mo
IndoorDame @TheReadingMermaid yay!! plus that‘ll help me gage where the rest of my seasonal picks fall 2mo
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Starting this today!😍🍁🎃

Zelma I love that cover! 2mo
ravenlee I just read the sequel - they‘re deliciously creepy! Enjoy! 2mo
ladym30 @ravenlee Thank you. I am just in a few chapters and love it! 2mo
ladym30 @Zelma Me too! 2mo
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My October tbr!🍁🎃👻

BiblioLitten I love all the covers! 🧡 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh. the #MGBuddyRead is going to be discussing Small Spaces at the end of October. 2mo
ladym30 @LibrarianRyan Thank you! 2mo
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LibrarianRyan
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Hey All,

Just to let you all know, I am hosting this months #MGBuddyRead for @Lmstraubie. I asked if we could do this book, and she said yes!

This book is a great atmospheric tale for October about a book loving girl who rescues a book from a fate worse then death. She becomes part of the story when her school field trip takes her to woods and the graves of those in the book.

On the last Saturday of the month I will post discussion questions

LibrarianRyan Anyone can join. All you have to do is to read the book.

I tagged all the usual people, and hopefully you got it as it's not showing up. If you get tagged twice, I apologize.
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CoffeeCatsBooks Oh this is already in my October TBR stack! 2mo
Gissy I will try! I just bought the book! 2mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Trying these out with the kids.

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Palimpsest
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Ollie and her classmates visit a local farm on a school trip where the fun day quickly evolves into a nightmare. This book is intended for young readers, but it was a fun, creepy read perfect for this time of year. I also liked that Ollie takes clues about their predicament in the mist from an old book! Really enjoyed this one.

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JoScho
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lele1432 Creepy! 2mo
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eekabook
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A very atmospheric tale set in idyllic autumnal Vermont farmland featuring very creepy scarecrows. I thought it started out a little slow, but by the time the plot really starts up I was hooked! Can't wait to read the next book in the series! #autumn #fall #scarecrows

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Very creepy scarecrows!?! Yikes. I‘ve never really recovered from the scarecrows that sort of come alive from an episode of Round The Twist and Doctor Who 😱 2mo
eekabook @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Then this book might not be your cup of tea! These scarecrows are pretty freaky. 2mo
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BS197544
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The perfect book to read on a chilly autumn night. This book is about healing and friendship and learning to let go while never letting go. It is also a spooky book for tweens, nothing to scary though. It is about Ollie who has suffered a tragic loss and only finds solace in her books. When she comes across a woman tossing a book in the river she saves the book. From there she is thrust into an adventure that she didn't intend for. Enjoy 🎃 👻🎃

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JoScho
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A small #bookhaul from Book Outlet. I have read all of them except No Trick or Treating but it looks so spooky and fun I had to snag it. The rest I just wanted in my collection.

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ladym30
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Book mail!🥰

Bookishthoughts Cute picture! 3mo
JoScho I loved Small Spaces and can‘t wait to read Dead Voices! 3mo
ladym30 @JoScho I have been wanting to read it for awhile. Good to hear that you enjoyed it! 3mo
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ladym30 @Bookishthoughts Thank you!☺️ 3mo
ravenlee I had no idea there was a sequel! Gonna have to see if the library has it yet. 3mo
ladym30 @ravenlee 👍🏻 3mo
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Bkwrm7
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Adored listening to this one. I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to horror so middle grade scary is just about the right amount for me. Thrilled to discover it's going to be a quartet although with the second one just coming out this fall, will clearly be awhile 'til it will be finished. #audiobooks

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Eggs
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Finished! Plucky characters reminiscent of those in Wrinkle in Time, minus the tesseracts

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Eggs
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Halfway through this one. Happy Friyay 🤗🥳

*What are you reading tonight?*

marleed Just about to finish I Am Malala! 3mo
Ruthiella Just finished The Wings of the Dove...whew! Been reading it since MAY! 😬 3mo
RamsFan1963 Just finished Conan: Scourge of the Bloody Coast, now starting this... 3mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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🎃🌽⁣ Ollie comes into possession of a creepy old book that seems to tell a ghost story of an old farm near her hometown. Horror ensues when her class ends up taking a field trip to this same farm.⁣

I'd been searching for a story that would remind of the feeling I enjoyed as a kid when reading Goosebumps books and I wasn't disappointed. It also really got me in the mood for fall and Halloween. I can't wait for the next book now. 🎃🌽⁣

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

#smallspaces #middlegrade #katherinearden

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ericarobynreads
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Small Spaces by Katherine Arden is a super creepy tale filled with terrifyingly thick mist, scarecrows that come alive, and a haunting family history.

While labeled middle grade, this one REALLY gave me the creeps!!

https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-small-spaces-by-katherine-arden/ #middlegrade #horror

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rachelsbrittain
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A spooky middle grade novel about a girl who finds a book about two brothers who dissapeared after making a deal with the "smiling man." Eleven year old Ollie thinks it's just a story until strange things start happening on a school field trip. Soon she's teaming up with the school's hockey star and the annoying new girl to stay alive. Loved the voice and felt like the spook level was right for middle grade. And I think the sequel is coming soon!

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Schlinkles
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Creepy and wonderful. Exactly what I wanted it be!

MidnightBookGirl I don't read a ton of MG, but this was awesome! I really need to read more of her books! 6mo
Johanna414 I read this to my 6th grade book club and they loved it! 6mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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A quick, cute and creepy read, I‘ll never see scarecrows the same way now! 😳 5/5

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