Books For Kids

Small Spaces Quartet

Set in contemporary Vermont, the Small Spaces Quartet is the story of three friends who face a series of horrifying games and schemes dreamed up by an ancient evil called the Smiling Man. Each book is attached to a season. We begin in the fall with Small Spaces, continue into a haunted winter with Dead Voices, move into a monstrous spring with Dark Waters and finally a terrifying summer with Empty Smiles.

Wherever you go in this big, gorgeous, hideous world, there's always a ghost story waiting for you

Honors and Awards

Kirkus | best book of 2018 Small Spaces

Publisher’s Weekly | best book of 2018 Small Spaces

Chicago Public Library | best book of 2018 Small Spaces

Vermont Golden Dome Book Award | 2020: Small Spaces

William Allen White Children’s Book Award | 2021 Small Spaces

Hawaiian Nene Award | 2023 Small Spaces

Upcoming Events

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02/12 7pm to 8pm The Warm Hands of Ghosts--Burlington @Burlington, VT

Phoenix Books is honored to present an evening with New York Times bestselling author Katherine Arden to celebrate the release of her new novel, The Warm Hands of Ghosts, a hauntingly beautiful historical novel with a speculative twist.  Katherine will be in conversation with Phoenix Books' own Robin Limeres. This special pre-rel ...

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02/13 7pm to 8pm The Warm Hands of Ghosts--New York City @Strand Bookstore--3rd Floor Rare Book Room

Join us for an in-person event with New York Times bestselling author, Katherine Arden, for the launch of her new novel, The Warm Hands of Ghosts. Joining Katherine in conversation is award-winning novelist Naomi Novik. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.


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02/14 7pm to 8pm The Warm Hands of Ghosts--Austin @BookPeople--Austin, TX

Please welcome Katherine Arden to celebrate The Warm Hands of Ghosts!

This event is free and open to the public.

  • Start time: 7:00 P.M.
  • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
  • Location: The second floor of BookPeople.

The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event.

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