Small Spaces

New York Times bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become classic. After suffering tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon crazed woman at river threatening throw book into water, doesn’t think—she just acts, stealing running away. As begins read slender volume, discovers chilling about girl named Beth, two brothers who both loved her, peculiar deal made “the smiling man,” sinister specter grants your most tightly held wish, but for ultimate price. is captivated by tale until school trip next day Smoke Hollow, local farm haunting history all its own. There stumbles graves very people she’s been reading about. Could it be man true? have too long think answer that. On way home, bus breaks down, sending their teacher back help. But strange driver has some advice kids left behind his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come rest you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, keepsake reminder better times, startling countdown delivers terrifying message: RUN. Only classmates heed driver’s warning. trio head out woods—bordered field scarecrows that seem watching them—the one final piece friends: “Avoid large places. Keep small.” And that, deliciously creepy hair-raising adventure begins.

Small Spaces is about living comfortably and using space wisely, where better to find ideas on that subject than Japan, one of the world’s most urban densely populated countries? Tokyo resident Azby Brown, a distinguished architect designer, has assembled dozens creative solutions storage problems, illustrating them with photographs plans actual environments in contemporary homes. The key his approach what might be called “The Three Cs “–compact, comfortable, convenient. Use reconsidered, easy always uppermost goal. A room opened up by creating level changes or “joining it exterior.” staircase can double as chest drawers, beneath floor serve kitchen pantry hiding place for disappearing bed: an adjustable table different purposes at heights. From top bottom, bedroom, bathroom, hall, Brown presents problems inner space, illustrated full-color photographs, drawings, architectural plans. will lifesaver all those growing families, shrinking resources, limited grow–or indeed anyone who wants transform disorganized, cluttered environment into orderly, attractive area.