Small Places book 2
by Katherine Arden
I love doing seasonal bookshelf displays and I decorate with books all the time. It’s a fun easy way to showcase books you want to read or one that really fits the season or month. October or as many call it Spooktober is perfect for spooky, creepy reading. I can’t think of a more fitting book for my display than Dead Voices. I read Small Spaces in a day and really loved the story, characters and the fact that is a great spooky middle grade book for readers that love Goosebumps but looking for a longer story. Dead Voices was just as good and for me even better, who doesn’t love a haunted hotel! For me this one was better it had the creepy haunted hotel story line that so many YA and adult books have and all the great characters from Small Places. This book has been passed around our house and my YA reader is finishing it up now. We all loved it and my YA reader said to mention that she had not read book 1 and wasn’t lost jumping into book 2. They really do read like stand alone’s and the author does a great job at touching on what happened in book 1. My YA reader is going to read book 1 next and said the series is really good. So see it spans a wide reader range and is fun for all. I really hope this series continues and I can’t wait to read more by Katherine Arden she is a very talented writer. If you, your YA or middle grade reader are looking for a great series that is a bit on the spooky side check out the Small Places series: book 1: Small Places and book 2: Dead Voices. They are perfect for fall Spooktober reading.
Now for our Spooktober display I gave my middle grader 12 dollars and we went to Target dollar spot and dollar tree. She only spent 10 bucks and I think it turned out cute. The tiny orange pumpkins are foam and from Target Dollar Spot and the Spooky sign was also from Target Dollar Spot. The cute glass spider and jack o lantern as well as the haunted house lantern (she thought that fit the haunted hotel theme from the book) were all from Dollar Tree. We already had the orange tiny lights to fit in the spider and jack o lantern as well as the scarf. She set up the display and is already thinking of what she can do for winter. She really had fun and it was fun to see what she bought with a limited amount of money. (PS to show the little lights I had to make the picture a bit darker than I would regularly)
About the book: Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.
Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.
With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
For some other Spooktober reading check out these books as well. I know we plan to get them all from our library. We are always up for some good scary books.
- THE HAUNTED by Danielle Vega
- RULES FOR VANISHING by Kate Alice Marshall
- I KNOW YOU REMEMBER by Jennifer Donaldson
- THE BEAUTIFUL by Renee Ahdieh
- THE CURSE OF THE WEREPENGUIN by Allan Woodrow
- EDISON BEAKER, CREATURE SEEKER: THE LOST CITY by Frank Cammuso
- LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE MIDNIGHT BLADE by Max Brallier and Douglas Holgate (this book has also been adapted into a cartoon and is available on NETFLIX)
Thank you so much G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers ( a division of Penguin Random House) for sending us Dead Voices. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.