Katherine Arden sells middle-grade novel

The Bear and the Nightingale author Katherine Arden has her second novel, The Girl in the Tower hitting stores later this year, but word has just come down that she’s sold a new, Middle Grade novel to Putnam.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, it’ll be called Small Spaces, described as Stranger Things meets The Walking Dead. Color us interested:

In a world-rights deal, adult author Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale) sold her middle grade debut to G.P. Putnam & Sons for Young Readers’ Stacey Barney. Putnam described the book, called Small Spaces, as Stranger Things meets The Walking Dead. About a girl who, along with her classmates, is forced to venture into an alternate world after their school bus breaks down, Small Spaces, the publisher said, brings to life a place “where scarecrows are alive and deadly, and ghost stories are true.” Arden was represented by Paul Lucas at Janklow & Nesbit.

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