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Hide and Seek: A Novel

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  345 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Canongate U.S. (first published 2005)
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Julian Lees
A book about grief and loss told through the eyes of 9-year old Harry Pickles.. My favourite character: Otis. Enough said.
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
This was my second attempt at reading this book. The first attempt resulted in me getting annoyed with the clipped sentences and frustrated that nothing made sense. I just didn't have the patience to figure it out and I stopped half way through. This time around, I felt all those same things, but decided to plow through regardless. This is a great story, it really is - heartbreaking really. But the way that the dialogue is written, the way that the sentences and thought structure of the main cha ...more
Mar 15, 2008 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wasn't impressed by this book. I tried to get into it, but about a third of the way through I just gave up reading. It tells a story from the perspective of a nine year old and tries to use the same narration as Lovely Bones, but it fails horribly. There were too many characters introduced at once and not fleshed out to make you give a damn about what was happening to them. I read it with a frown on my face going "eh?" and rereading to see if I could figure it out what was happening.

Rebecca O'regan
Jul 25, 2013 Rebecca O'regan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this at all, very disappointed. Would love to be able to gain back those hours I lost whilst reading this book!!! And read something engaging and enjoyable.
Oct 03, 2012 Moran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really bad. No idea why I read it.
Nov 11, 2014 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In tutto il mondo? Per davvero? In Italia e in Giappone e in Pakistan e a Wakkatoo, in tuttissimo il mondo c'erano ragazzi come me che cercavano il Daniel che avevano perso? Che lo vedevano anche se non c'era? Be', un po' mi aiutava a sentirmi meno solo.

Abbiamo perso tutti qualcosa o qualcuno nella vita. Forse una nostra dimenticanza, forse un nostro errore, o forse una libera scelta. Forse il semplice corso della vita.
Quella di Hide and Seek è la perdita di un fratello minore, di un figlio, di
Julie H.
Dec 13, 2013 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Told from the perspective of Harry Pickles, aged 9 and a bit, Hide & Seek is the account of the bad year in which Harry's younger brother Dan went missing from a rest stop during the end-of-term school outing. It's a heartbreaking read--told from the perspective of a lonely boy witnessing an astounding array of collateral damage. His parents' marriage suffers, his friendships falter, his mother's grasp on reality crumbles, he inexpertly tries to decipher the mystifying world of adult nuance ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I can't say I was very impressed with this one. I just couldn't connect that well with it. It started out amazingly, and some parts were intense and tear-jerking, but a lot of it was nonsense. It's told through the eyes of a young boy named Harry, whose younger brother goes missing. It was a moving story, but it wasn't told very well. I didn't know what was happening at parts- there was so many characters, and we're never told who half of them actually were. I liked the story, and I liked Harry, ...more
Pauline Armstrong
Quite well-paced and easy to read. Sombre topic, but some surprising humorous asides kept a good balance......
Apr 23, 2014 Bookguide rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you enjoyed Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland
Harry Pickles is a 9-year-old boy whose younger brother, Dan, goes missing on the school trip. The entire family is thrown into despair, hanging on to the hope that one day, against all the odds, he will return. The novel is told from the point of view of Harry, a child who feels guilty for not keeping an eye on his brother as he'd promised. At school he becomes an outsider as his old friends don't know how to deal with the loss. He is thrown into the company of the new boy with his big house, g ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Buchdoktor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Pickles Klasse und die seines kleinen Bruders Dan hatten einen Schulausflug ins Legoland Windsor unternommen. Als die Schüler am Abend von ihren Eltern vom Bus abgeholt werden, ist Dan verschwunden. Der 9-jährige Harry wird von Schuldgefühlen geplagt, weil er nicht besser auf Dan aufgepasst hat. Harrys Eltern vergraben sich in ihrem Kummer, lassen Harry völlig allein mit seinen Problemen. Schlimmer noch: Harry hört, dass seine Mutter sich ein weiteres Kind wünscht, weil Harry ihr nicht gen ...more
Das Cover lässt eigentlich einen Roman der leicht-beschwingten Sorte vermuten. Der Klappentext weist aber schon auf das Gegenteil hin. Es geht hier um die Geschichte einer Familie, deren kleiner Sohn bei einem Schulausflug plötzlich spurlos verschwindet.

Erzählt wird das Ganze vom älteren Bruder, der beim Ausflug dabei war und sich nun verantwortlich fühlt, nicht gut genug auf seinen Bruder aufgepasst zu haben. Gleichzeitig ist er aber auch sauer auf seine Eltern (im Besonderen auf seine Mutter)
Feb 20, 2015 Siv30 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: domestic-life
אחד מהזכרונות החזקים שלי משנות נערותי הוא אירוע חטיפתו ורציחתו של הילד דני כץ. אני לא יודעת כמה ממכם זוכרים את האירוע שהסעיר את המדינה בזמנו, כמעט עברו 20 שנים מאז ועדין זיכרון הפחד שהתישב לי בנשמה לא מרפה. אחר כך הגיעו התוכניות הדוקומנטריות מארה"ב, פרצופים של ילדים על קרטוני חלב והורים מתחננים להשבת ילדם.

20 שנים אחרי ואני עדין רואה את העיניים של אותם הורים נואשים, אבודים.

אני חושבת שזה הסיוט הגדול ביותר של הורים. ילד שנעלם ונרצח. הספר "הטיול" החזיר אותי לפחדים הגדולים ביותר שלי. חור אפל שחור שמק
Jan 07, 2008 Shimelle rated it liked it
This was one of those books that I really, really wanted to love but it just didn't happen. A story of a lost little boy, told through the eyes of his slightly older brother has all the works to be emotional and endearing. There are angles that are so unique from a child's point of view, like the emotions of the parents as the narrator observes their breakdown into reality, and at times I think Sambrook got it spot on. Too often, though, I found she didn't give the young narrator enough credit. ...more
Unfortunately I didn't find this book as thrilling as I had originally believed I would be. Although I can credit this book to contain originality and a unique story line, the execution is what really led me to disappointment. While I enjoyed the childish humor and jokes of a young boy, the sentence structure is difficult to ignore. Writing in the perspective of a young boy is difficult and confusing enough, but often the switch between Harry's imagination and reality were difficult to distingui ...more
Catty O'Connor
Sep 04, 2011 Catty O'Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of things I could say about this book. But then I don't want to spoil the ending. What I will say is that I am now determind to name my first son Daniel. This book will break you're heart. It will make you look at life with a whole new view point, it also makes you see past a hollywood ending.

A lot of people read to picture themselves in the characters lives, this book is not for you. This book is for the person who doesn't want a happy ending, but a realistic journey. I could n
Oct 22, 2008 Eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 27, 2008 Josie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The double bluff at the beginning really hit me. You think, oh, it was just a way of introducing a story about something completely different, and then bam, it happens again for real.

That said, the whole way through the book I thought I had the ending figured out, and... I didn't. I thought there'd be a miraculous ending, not the hopeful/almost-happy one we got. I think if I'd been more willing to accept that things wouldn't necessarily turn out all right then I would have been more moved by the
Jun 07, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The premise - dealing with the mysterious disappearance and loss of a child - is not perhaps the most original, but this book's execution, telling the story from the eyes of the child's nine-year-old brother, certainly gave this book a unique feel. Though sad, the book still had moments of humour. A child narrator, when done right (as this one was) makes for a wonderful book. It was very British, with several turns of phrase that may leave an American reader a bit los ...more
David Williams
Apr 13, 2011 David Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 engagem ...more
April Hochstrasser
An emotionally charged theme as a younger brother is missing from his family and the older brother blames himself for not watching out for him better. As the nine-year old goes through the next few years, he has to rebuild a life that has a big hole in it, his missing brother. Mom and dad are absorbed in the tragedy and he is left to try to be happy without their full support and only half of his own. The author could have edited some of the more tedious details but on the whole it was worth rea ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Dec 07, 2010 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book

I really liked this, though it's really quite disturbing. The background of the story is that a child goes missing, but the story is told from the point of view of a nine year old boy. Reading it while the Madeleine McCann case was in the news (a coincidence that I only realised after I started reading it btw - I've had it out of the library for a while and if I'd thought a bit rather than just picking up the next book in the pile I might not have read it) made it seem a bit odd, and kind of unr

Oct 14, 2007 Wendy rated it liked it
I liked this and gave it to my son (who was 10 at the time) to read. He enjoyed it too, although we did have to explain some bits to him! I think it works well on two levels - both as an adults book and as a children's book so long as someone is available to support that reading and answer questions. It opened up some interesting conversations about understanding the behaviour of adults and children, and also about feelings and how they might be expressed, which I think is useful for small boys.
Samra Muslim
Mar 30, 2013 Samra Muslim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good read on many levels ... for starters, it tell you a story of what a family goes through if they loose a loved one suddenly. Then the story narrator is a 9-year boy - so the entire situation is presented from a child's eye (and is therefore more emotionally connecting) and lastly it is a simple story! However, there are some problems too ... it drags to the point of being boring and I understand it is written from a child's perspective - but the narration is confusing to follo ...more
Sep 27, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very sad. The story is told through the eyes of Harry Pickles, a nine-year-old boy whose little brother vanishes during a school trip. The family's ensuing search, which grows more and more hopeless as the months drag on, is soon replaced by heartbreaking grief, all described through the eyes of Harry. The story does have moments of humor, but for the most part, it's very similar to The Lovely Bones - a tragic, but accurate portrayal of a family's dealings with tradegy and grief.
Jul 31, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classy-stuff
I found this book difficult to get into - I wasn't sure at first whether it was aimed at adults or teenagers. The story is narrated by a nine-year-old boy whom I could not really engage with. The father was described as a doctor but their family life did not ring very true. I began skipping a few scenes quite early on, and ended up skimming through most of the book.
Nov 18, 2009 Lanier rated it really liked it
Eerie, witty, frightening, and very off-putting. A different form of "horror" comes to a normal suburban English household after a boy disappears during a school outing. Big brother, Harry, may have murder on his mind, yet mother-dearest has far worse, perhaps. When all Hell breaks loose, it seems little Harry may be the sanest person in this wrecked family?
Miss Book
Oct 07, 2015 Miss Book rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Didn't hate but definetely didn't love it.I just felt really weird at points reading this book.It's supposed to be kinda dark and twisted,but because the main character (who is also the narrator)was 9,it turned out to be very confusing.I would say it gets better towards the end,but still it was just meh for me.
Diane Wachter
HB-B @ 2005, 9/05. A 9 year old boy tries to cope with guilt and the deterioration of his family, when his 5 year old brother disappears on a school outing while he was supposed to "watch out" for him. The rhythm wasn't quite right till I realized it was written about a southern black family, then the cadence made more sense. Very depressing subject, but the book was okay.
Aug 31, 2010 Roseanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in approximately 2006 whilst living in Bairnsdale, Vic. Aust. and loved it. couldn't remember the name and i wanted to read it again (an indication of how much i loved it, because I never do that)

Was delighted to spot it at the Perth library this week in an mp3 format. Brought it home and listened to it in a couple of hours. (11 hrs narating time)

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