Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace

by Nan Marino


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Eleven-year-old musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, was supposed to win the most coveted reality show on television, Tween Star. None of the other contestants even came close to his talents. But in the middle of the biggest night, with millions of people watching, Elvis panicked. He forgot the words to the song. He forgot the tune. He forgot how to play every single instrument he'd ever known and froze on national TV. So Elvis must run from the paparazzi camped outside his door and spend the summer working with his aunt and cousin at Piney Pete's Pancake Palace in the remote wilds of New Jersey. It's the perfect place to be anonymous, that is until Elvis meets Cecilia, a girl who can't seem to help blurting out whatever's on her mind.

An NPR Best Book of 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250040008
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 350,503
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nan Marino is the author of Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me, which received a SCBWI Golden Kite Honor and was selected as a Bank Street Best Book and one of the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Nan is also a librarian who lives with her husband and a large dog in a town that borders the Pinelands of New Jersey.

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Where the Hiders Go



If you need somewhere to hide, try the Pinelands of New Jersey.

It’s a wild place filled with swamp streams. And sand hills. Salt marshes and bogs. There are towns too, some so small they don’t make it on the map. No one pays attention to them anyway.

For a hider, that is the beauty of the Pinelands. The entire place can go unnoticed. The trees are stubby, the paths are hard to find, and the streams are lazy and slow. Nothing about it stands out. People drive by on their way to somewhere else.

For a hider, this is good. It makes it easier to slip away.

A place like this you can trust with your secrets.

A place like this has secrets of its own.

And here’s the first.

They say that when the trees get restless they sing.

But it’s the Pinelands, so most people don’t notice that either.


Copyright © 1967, 1968 by John McPhee

Text copyright © 2013 by Nan Marino

Illustrations copyright © 2013 by John Hendrix

Table of Contents


Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Where the Hiders Go,
The Perils of Happiness,
The Palace,
Snip. Snip.,
If You Stand Near the Trees, You'll Hear Things,
The Price of Fame,
Watch Your Gestures,
The Power of Song,
Trying to Get Info from Mrs. Herbert,
A Regular Plain-Haired Boy,
Be Careful When You Talk to the Trees,
A Devilish Pinelands Tale,
Cecilia Waits,
Doc Bashful,
Not All Tall Orders Are Pancakes,
The Promise,
Meanwhile Back at the Palace,
One More Thing,
My Name Is Elvis Ruby,
Syncopated Beats,
What the Thief Caught,
The Pygmy Forest,
A Musical Interlude,
Everyone's Brother,
Hiding Out Near the Toilet Seats,
Beyond the Yodels,
You Can't Escape It,
What Would Aaron Like?,
A Narrow Escape,
A Disappointment,
Aaron's Abuelo,
Another Superstar and the Price of Fame,
A Slip and a Fall,
The Secret Is Spilled ... Again,
Wandering Bill,
But There Is Music in the Pines,
Albert Music Hall,
The Pickin' Shed,
What the Fiddler Knew,
A Dedication,
Revealed in a Whisper,
Waiting for the Sparks,
Friends and Secrets,
When Millicent Talks in a Soothing Voice, You Know You're in Trouble,
Elvis Gets a Bad Review,
Better Than Pancakes?,
Aaron's Goodbye,
Elvis Ruby's Secret,
The Poor Devil,
Unexpected Beats,
A Different Kind of Tune,
Epilogue: The Small Matter of the Ten Thousand Dollars,

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Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nan Marino is a great storyteller. I recommend this story to teenagers. She has a beautiful style and worth reading her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Energetic story
novelreader4ever More than 1 year ago
Loved  this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wus fluff for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Elvis Ruby.He is 11 years old and can play the flute, the horn, ukele, sing, and much more.He goes on the show Tween Star and he freezes on stage in front of millions of peolpe.His house is no longer surrounded by his fans. He runs away and hided in a small town. He is no longer the same boy that was called the most famous boy in the world.Eveything is good after he stops acting like his old self.That is till the girl with a big mouth finds out his secert.What will he do to keep his secret safe??? The book is good , but it needs a sequel.
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