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Bridge of Clay Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984830159
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Zola's Elephant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328886293
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

What If It's Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

Hearts Unbroken Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763681142
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Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2018

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338262186
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 9th, 2018

Protagonist Ollie's only solace since her mother's death has been books. That's why, when she finds a woman crying and about to throw a book into a river, she grabs the book and runs. The book, eerily titled Small Spaces, is a journal about love, death, ghosts, and bargains made to a smiling man decades past. On a school trip to a local farm the next day, Ollie stumbles upon a graveyard containing the very names of the people she's been reading about. By the time she realizes the danger she and her classmates are in, the bus has broken down, leaving them stranded in fields of mist. She, new girl Coco, and her grade's hockey star, Brian, must find a way to stop the mysterious smiling man and the creepy scarecrows that do his bidding before it's too late. 

 

Katherine Arden's middle grade debut, Small Spaces (9/18), is an emotional thrill ride with pitch-perfect moments of humor throughout. On the surface, Small Spaces is a cleverly plotted ghost story with a excellent use of a few tried and true horror staples: weird mist, scarecrows that move, and bargains that are never what they seem. While that alone would have made this an enjoyable read, Arden adds layers of grief, family, friendship, and growth that make this story as moving as it is terrifying. Ollie is often angry, snappy, and quick to judge those around her. But, as she is forced to rely on Coco and Brian and they on her, she discovers that healing is sometimes best done as a group...even if that healing is done between running for their lives. 

 

Fans of Tracey Baptiste's The Jumbies and Ellen Oh's Spirit Hunters will find a familiar mixture of scary and sweet, phantoms and friendship in Arden's Small Spaces, ideal for young readers settling into the horror genre. 

 

Samantha Randolph

Promotions Manager at YABC
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Carmela Full of Wishes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399549045
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018