Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek

by Clare Sambrook

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Overview

Meet Harry Pickles, the fastest boy in the world (well, at least in school), big brother to Daniel (who runs like a girl but is, in his own twerpy way, a star), and the firstborn son of Mo and Pa, the best-looking parents in their Notting Hill elementary school parking lot. Harry's life, like any other nine-year-old's, is a colorful, frenetic, and fun blur of lunch boxes, vocabulary tests, and keeping up with his pals Piggy and Terry-not to mention keeping an eye on his kid brother Daniel. Mo, a successful, well-known journalist, and Pa, a surgeon, have built a wonderful world for Harry and Daniel to grow up in, but when a school outing results in Daniel's vanishing, the complicated adult world of police investigations and interviews, searches of the countryside, recriminations, and ultimate responsibility comes crashing in on a very confused Harry.

Told with an utterly compelling and exuberant sense of truth, Hide and Seek is a fresh debut of tense mystery, disarming humor, and remarkable compassion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841957937
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 06/28/2006
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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Hide & Seek 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Davidgnp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read 'Hide and Seek' after meeting Clare Sambrook at a Society of Authors talk. I was engaged by the book and its central character Harry Pickles, through whom the story is told. As a writer who has tried to capture the voice of a nine-year-old child to tell a coherent story, I know just how difficult it is. I don't think I always managed it in my short stories, and I don't think Clare does entirely either, but she gets very close - the misses are not so distracting as to break off the engagement. I would recommend the book, but only for readers who are not looking for happy ever after.
murraymint11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liked the narrator's voice for the first few chapters, but lost interest in the book as the story continued - it lacked direction. Skimmed the final third of the book.
SmithSJ01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fabulous book. Engrossing from start to finish! This could have potentially failed as a first novel but it was handled sensitively and with consideration. Telling it from the point of view of the older brother provides a most unsual perspective. There are areas of adult life that as adults we can appreciate and understand, such as at one point when the issue of parenthood comes up, but seeing it from a nine year olds eyes is informative and interesting. Personally, I've never been involved in a situation like this so wouldn't have a point of reference to even discuss it. Clare Sambrook has possibly brought a previously taboo subject kicking and screaming into what I felt was reliable fiction! I am so pleased I read this book - I finished it in two days! Well worth a read, very enjoyable from the beginning to end.
brewergirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this very depressing, but, given that it is about a boy whose little brother goes missing, that is to be expected.
K_1004 More than 1 year ago
The story is a sad story but yet the author is able to write it with humor. She did a really great job. The book was so interesting. You never read something in the perspective of the child in a family crisis. It is really enlightening.