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2021 Rebecca Caudill Award: Small Spaces

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Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

After eleven-year-old Ollie's school bus mysteriously breaks down on a field trip, she has to take a trip through scary woods and must use all of her wits to survive. She must stick to small spaces.

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Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden, is a horror story that really leaves one guessing at what will happen next. Ollie steals a book and escapes into reading every chance she gets. She takes the book with her on a school field trip to a farm and mysteriously finds that the things she has read in the book may not be complete fiction. At a graveyard on the farm, she finds names of characters from the book. There are scarecrows around the space which give her the feeling they are watching. When the bus breaks down on the way home, the creepy bus driver gives a cryptic message to avoid small spaces at night, a warning she also read in the book. Ollie begins to realize that she and her classmates may be in danger. Small Spaces is an exciting book that I enjoyed because the main character works to solve the mystery through teamwork. I would rate this book four stars. - Mrs. Searle

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