Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great middle grade reads for tweens! Join the fun, add your post below and discover a new read!

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: 8/1/2012

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About the Book: While out biking and hunting for a geocache, Chase comes across a cache with a message inside: WE NE. He's not sure what it means or if it's a joke. So he returns the next day and the message has more: WE NEED FOOD. Chase wants to help and he begins to worry that maybe someone is lost in the desert. When Chase finds two boys that need his help, he's not sure if he should believe all their stories or not. Something about what they're telling him just seems off. Can Chase help the boys? And what exactly is the truth?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked up Hide and Seek because it's on our state book award list for next year. And if your award reading lists are anything like ours, there are always lots of mysteries or sad, depressing books. Yes, the kids like those, but where are the exciting adventure books? I was so glad to see that Hide and Seek fills the need for an exciting adventure story that's a bit mystery, lots of survival and suspense and a great read. I also really liked that the book uses geocaching. My librarian self got excited because this could tie in together with a really nice geocaching program for all ages.

Sure, some of Chase's actions might be goofy. I wanted to tell him to talk to an adult. (He learns at least!) But kids will love the adventure to it all and overlook anything that seems a bit too convenient. I will be recommending this one to tweens looking for a book that has survival themes and I think they'll easily get caught up in Chase's story.

Book Pairings: Kidnapped Series by Gordon Korman, Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copy I checked out from my local library


  1. Sounds interesting! I really like Gordon Korman! We've used his books in 4th and 5th grade book discussions and everyone loves them. I'll have to take a look at this one and see if our library has it!

  2. I agree that many books that wind up on the award list seem to be depressing. This one sounds like it would balance out the books based on serious topics.


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