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The Hideout

The Hideout

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by Eve Bunting, Greg Shed
     
 

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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

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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152339913
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,142,072
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x (d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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