After a summer cooped up in his family’s store selling bait, tackle, and soft drinks to tourists, fourteen-year-old Chase finally gets a chance to go on his first solo geocaching adventure.
Using his GPS in the foothills of the Arizona White Mountains, he uncovers the geocache—a small metal box—hidden deep in the woods in some undergrowth. Inside, with a few plastic army men and a log book, is a troubling message asking for help in a child’s handwriting.
When Chase returns later, he finds another message in the geocache box, this time asking for food. He is curious—and worried—about the mysterious individuals leaving the messages. Before he can turn to the adults around him for help, Chase is pulled into a complex, dangerous drama and a chilling confrontation with an unstable father who will stop at nothing to hold on to his children.
Young readers will learn all about the high-tech adventure game of geocaching in Katy Grant’s exciting novel that features heart-pounding action and surprising plot twists.
“First-rate suspense with an original premise and an appealing theme… A good, solid adventure.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Mystery and adventure propel this readable survival story that will hit the spot with Gary Paulsen’s fans and may also entice reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal
“Part mystery, part outdoor adventure Hide and Seek should appeal to middle grade thrill seekers. Many readers will relate to Chase’s blended family, his desire to do something important on his own, and his mixed feelings about moving.” ―Library Media Connection
“Believable characters, credible subplots, and adventure with an air of mystery combine to form a heart-pounding young-reader novel.” ―Sunday Eagle
“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.” ―Green Bean Teen Queen
“Katy Grant masters the adolescent introduction into the adult world through Chase’s gradual comprehension of how deep parental love can be. The tense filled adventure will keep young readers glued to their seat through the climatic end of the story. A definite recommended book for the middle grade reader.” ―Boys to Books
AR Level: 4.5
Themes: Geocaching, Geography, Family, Loyalty, Survival
BISAC 1: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
BISAC 2: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings