|Virtual: Cover to Cover Book Club|
Event Type: Children's Monthly Meetings|
Age Group(s): School-Age
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 5:45 PM
Kids in grades 4-6 are invited to read, think and share ideas about great books. Cover to Cover participants will also engage in an activity related to the story. Books are available in the Children's Library. Keep the book forever after you attend the club meeting! You MUST ATTEND that month's club meeting to keep the book. Cover to Cover Kids Book Discussion books were purchased generously by the Friends of the Bentonville Library.
This month's discussion features Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.
After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."
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The January 2021 title is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.