In this riveting middle-grade adventure from Watt Key, the son of a Mississippi policeman finds a boy living on his own in the wilderness.
Twelve-year-old Sam has been given a fishing boat by his father, but he hates fishing. Instead he uses the boat to disappear for hours at a time, exploring the forbidden swampy surroundings of his bayou home. Then he discovers a strange kid named Davey, mysteriously alone, repairing an abandoned cabin deep in the woods. Not fooled by the boy’s evasive explanation as to why he’s on his own, Sam becomes entangled in his own efforts to help Davey.
But this leads him to telling small lies that only get bigger as the danger increases for both boys and hidden truths become harder to conceal.
From the author of Alabama Moon, Hideout is complex tale of friendship, kindness, and dangerous secrets.
This title has Common Core connections.
Praise for Hideout:
“A compelling read that will keep a tween audience burning the flashlight batteries late into the night.” —The Bulletin
“In the tradition of Gary Paulsen’s survival tales . . . short chapters filled with action and adventure keep the pacing taut and will entice reluctant readers . . . A good pick for action/adventure fans.” —School Library Journal
“It’s man versus nature as well as man versus man in this tale that will have strong appeal to Key’s fans and adventure lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An exciting adventure set in Mississippi’s Pascagoula River marshlands . . . The boys’ survivalist adventures in the swamps are suspenseful, [with a] reassuring ending.” —Booklist
Praise for Watt Key:
“Excellent. A terrific choice for reluctant readers.” —Booklist, starred review
“An unusual coming-of-age story.” —The New York Times Book Review