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The Crawl Space by Arthur Mills

The Crawl Space

An Interactive Ghost Story

When the principal punishes three middle school boys for bullying a fellow student, they find themselves trapped in the haunted school over the weekend. What happens next is up to the reader in the teen/young adult interactive novel The Crawl Space.

The Crawl Space by Arthur Mills
The Crawl Space by Arthur Mills

The Crawl Space features 24 choices and 11 alternate endings

Bullying is receiving much attention in the media, but it never had the repercussions that middle school bullies Bruce, Mark, and Charles will face. Trapped in a haunted school as their punishment, these bullies find their fates in the hands of their readers in Arthur Mills’ teen/young adult interactive novel The Crawl Space.

Read The Crawl Space if you...

  • like interactive stories

  • want to get revenge on bullies

  • enjoy scary children’s stories

  • like illustrated books (85 illustrations)

The Crawl Space storyline

Bruce, Mark, and Charles have long been the school bullies, tormenting younger and weaker kids. But they go too far the day they try to make their fellow student, Johnny, enter the dreaded crawl space under the school cafeteria's stage. Everyone knows the crawl space is haunted by a boy who entered it and never returned, and Johnny is terrified. But fortunately, the school principal catches the boys before it's too late. As punishment, she offers them the choice of notes to their parents or spending the weekend cleaning out the crawl space. More scared of their parents than the rumor of a ghost, they choose the latter.

Once they are alone in the school, the boys discover that not only is the crawl space haunted, but so is the rest of the school. When the ghost gives the boys a riddle to solve, they must make many difficult choices to ensure their survival. However, the reader gets to make these choices, ranging from which hallway to go down to which key to open a mysterious chest. Whether the boys survive their punishment is as much the reader's responsibility as it is that of the boys themselves.

Why did Mills write The Crawl Space?

Mills decided to write The Crawl Space because, in his youth, he didn't like adults making decisions for him. He tried to escape into the world of books, only to find authors were as controlling as the adults in his life. Authors force their readers to read linearly with no interaction with the story. Now that he is an author, he has vowed to let readers have control of the story. In The Crawl Space, readers have up to twenty-four choices and eleven possible endings. In addition, over eighty-five exciting illustrations accompany the story, representing every supernatural, terrifying, and bizarre experience the main characters endure before their weekend in a haunted middle school ends - dead or alive.

What are the professionals saying?

Destined to please adults and kids alike, The Crawl Space is a hit among all generations. Tyler R. Tichelaar, the author of the award-winning Narrow Lives, states, "The Crawl Space is as much fun as the Choose Your Own Adventure books from when I was a kid. Beyond being a great adventure story, The Crawl Space teaches readers lessons about bullying and friendship and the difficult choices we all have to make in life."

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