Empty Smiles

Putnam. (Small Spaces Quartet: Bk. 4). Aug. 2022. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780593109182.
Gr 5 Up–The terror continues for Ollie, Coco, Brian, and Phil in this frightening series finale. It’s been three months since Ollie disappeared after making a deal with the Smiling Man to save her friends and family. But as time passes, her friends start to lose hope. When a boy goes missing from a carnival and then reappears, traumatized and rambling about a scary man who took him, the three friends know he is talking about the Smiling Man and that their moment to save Ollie has finally come. Arden never disappoints with her thrilling, spine-tingling scenes and this book is full of them. First came scarecrows, ghosts, and monsters, but she has saved the best for last: evil clowns!
VERDICT Fans of the series won’t be disappointed.

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