The Hideout

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Twelve-year-old Andy feels he would be better off with his father in England than in his San Francisco home with his mother and her new husband. To raise the money needed to finance his trip to England, he stages his own kidnapping, but the plan backfires when someone decides to make the kidnapping a reality. “A common family situation becomes action-filled drama in Bunting’s capable hands.”-Booklist

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Overview


Twelve-year-old Andy feels he would be better off with his father in England than in his San Francisco home with his mother and her new husband. To raise the money needed to finance his trip to England, he stages his own kidnapping, but the plan backfires when someone decides to make the kidnapping a reality. “A common family situation becomes action-filled drama in Bunting’s capable hands.”-Booklist

Feeling unloved by his mother and new stepfather, Andy hides out in a luxurious San Francisco hotel and stages his own kidnapping in order to obtain ransom money to pay for a trip to England to see his father.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Combine the adventure of a runaway boy trying to get to London to be with his father, with a kidnapping he himself stages, set it in a luxurious San Francisco hotel, and you've got a box office hit. Ms. Bunting spins a fast-paced yarn. The hotel setting tests Andy's ingenuity and introduces a cast of unusual characters. Are his mom and stepdad worried? You bet! 1993 orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-- Resentful of his stepfather, Paul, 12-year-old Andy runs away from home, finds a hotel key by chance, and moves into a plush suite. Since it is seldom occupied, it seems an ideal hideout--until the unpredictable hotel staff threaten his security. After several close calls, Andy is discovered, then kidnapped, and ultimately rescued by Paul and the police. Chastened by the harrowing experience, Andy regrets not only his actions but also his attitude toward a man who obviously cares for him. The novel has elements of Bunting's Is Anybody There? (Lippincott, 1988), including the illicit use of a key, a hideaway, and a boy too scared to sleep at night, but the overall plot is less plausible. However, the involving first-person narrative and the mounting tension offset the unlikely events. Andy's character--his jealousy of Paul and fear of discovery--is vividly portrayed. Those who like light mysteries should find this easy-to-read, moderately suspenseful story satisfying. --Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152339913
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    HORRIBLE BOOK

    this book wasn't very interesting....:(... it never got to the point, it went on and on and on and on and on, i know because i read this to my 4th grade class. i almost stopped reading it because it didnt get to the point

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Awesome Book Read it!!

    Great book..I actually had to read it for a school book report... I read it in about 1 day and it was very fun. It's not like other normal books that u have to read so u hurry up and finish it take a test do a report and your done this book actually had a point to it. I never really like reading books I only read them if someone buys me one or have too but this i could read again!!

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