Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hideout” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.09  ·  Rating details ·  832 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Twelve-year-old Sam has been given a fishing boat by his father, but he hates fishing. Instead he uses the boat to disappear for hours at a time, exploring the forbidden swampy surroundings of his Gulf Shore home. Then he discovers a boy named Davey, mysteriously alone, repairing an abandoned cabin in the deep woods. Not fooled by the boy’s evasive explanation as to why he ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hideout, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.09  · 
Rating details
 ·  832 ratings  ·  168 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Hideout
Liz Friend
The story: Sam hates remembering getting beat up in front of the whole school, so he's taken to cruising the bayou by himself in his fishing boat. When he meets Davey, a kid his age who's hiding out in the swamp all alone, Sam worries about him, even though it's obvious Davey isn't telling the truth about why he's out there. Sam wants to help--but helping means lying to his parents and friends. What he doesn't realize is that helping Davey is also going to put both of them in mortal danger.

Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes this is a YA book, a bit predictable, but it's hellishly good, and I'd highly recommend it to any kid who needs a good book to read, if they ever feel like they are on the outside looking in.
Sam, the new kid, is just enough of a square peg forced into a round hole. With a cop as a father, everyone thinks he's a rat.
He strikes out on his own, into the swap searching for a way to make his mark.
He meets another outcast, and hopefully a friend, that's where things go wrong. It's just spooky enou
I love Watt Key's writing! It draws you in from the very first page and until the very last. Intricate characters and a heart pumping plot line, set amongst the eerily dark and tangled swamps of the deep south will keep even the most resistant reader turning the pages of his newest novel. I would love to read this one aloud! ...more
McCaid Paul
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rachel Rooney
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A 2019-2020 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8).

After a bad bullying incident at school, Sam is feeling off-balance. When his dad gives him a fishing boat, Sam uses it to explore the nearby waterways. He befriends a mysterious boy and gets in over his head, although his heart is in the right place.

I really enjoyed this book. It is an action/adventure title. I liked that it wasn't just boy versus nature, like Key's previous book, but had more characters and story to it.
Watt Key has become my new "favorite author, "especially for struggling, reluctant readers. This isn't a Sunshine State Reader, but Watt Key has had two books on that list, and therefore I began to read more books by him. In Hideout Sam takes his new fishing boat out, but not for fishing. Something happened at school that stripped him of his dignity, and his friendship with his only friend. He decides he wants to show his father, the police chief, and he himself that he is brave. He begins to ex ...more
Hope Turner
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a YA book that is geared toward a younger audience, this is a great book with adventure. It's about a 12 year old boy named Sam (whose house is on a creek) who got a boat (Bream Chaser) for his birthday. He takes his boat out on adventures, going farther up the swamp than he should, to find old fishing camps. He encounters a boy, Davey, living in one of the abandoned camps. Davey is all alone, waiting for his dad and brother to show up. Sam ends up befriending Davey, helps ...more
Kaedin H
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a really good book.
Ashley Long
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Great outdoor adventure book with enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. I liked the dynamic between Sam and Davey and the problems they were both facing. You really start to feel for both characters.
Kathryn Rupp
The book Hideout by Watt Key is a great and easy read for anyone looking for a suspenseful and outdoorsy book. Hideout is about a young boy (Sam) that was out on his boat and came across an abandoned camp and a boy Davey. Sam decides to help Davey out till his brother and dad come back. There is a lot of imagery in the book which helps readers understand the story more and be able to make connections with the book. Hideout also has good examples of friendship and getting over your fears. This wa ...more
Ms. B
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story about Sam who finds Davey, a boy living alone in the Mississippi swamps is the perfect mix of mystery and adventure. I loved
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
you can hide but never run
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know why I put off reading this one for so long. It was a page turner. The boys will love it. A great read for those who love the outdoors! ...more
Beth Lasley
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this to my 5th grade students and they loved it. There are many curse words, so I had to edit as I read. I loved how there was action in each chapter, and it left my students crying for the next chapter since most of them end in a slight cliffhanger. The ending is sweet and leaves you happy. A tale of family and friends. This is a Charlie May Simon 2019/2020 book nomination. My students have to read three of the nominations and vote for their favorite.
Scott Fillner
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book has ALL the emotions. It is an intense story. It rips your heart out one minute and is filling it the next minute. Watt Key has the ability to draw you in from the opening sentence and keep you until that final punctuation.

If you haven't yet, I absolutely recommend that you read this and other books by Watt Key.
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The name of the book I read is Hideout by Watt Key. The theme of the book is secrets are not always good to keep. The reason this is the theme is because Sam fins Davey in the swamp and starts lying to his parents about it. He ends up getting in the midst of something terrible. He can’t get help because of all the secrets he has.

Sam had recently been very badly beaten up. He had been trying to get his mind off it by taking his book out for rides in the swamp. Sam and his best friend Grover are i
Seneca S
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book I am doing for this book review is called Hideout by Watt Key. This book is about this kid named Davey, he is the only child. His mom doesn’t work and his dad is a police officer and his dad loves to take Sam fishing in the summers and so Sam went out to go fishing by himself until he sees a little old house by the swamp, this kid pops up that's younger than him and tell him how he gets there, his name is Davey, he wonders why he it out there alone and Davey tells him that his step brot ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Sam is fairly new to the Mississippi community where his father has been hired as a police officer. He quickly befriends Grover over the summer, but when school starts finds out that Grover is considered a dweeb by their classmates. After school bullies beat up Sam and Grover badly, Sam feels badly about himself but doesn't want to confide in his supportive parents. He has been given a boat, the Bream Chaser, and is allowed to travel around in the swamps. W
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 16, 2020 added it
Davey was smiling to himself and Sam could tell he was happy but wished he could have known what Davey was thinking. Sam and Davey did not know a whole lot about each other as soon as they met so they did not talk to each other like two best friends would. They were more quiet unless something happened or they wanted to do something. As Davey was sitting there with a smile on his face he looked mischievous. Sam was just admiring the smile wishing he knew what Davey was thinking.
Sam has found a
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read and an exciting book for struggling leaders. Watt Key has some excellent craft. He creates a stunning setting with his words. When the action ramps up, the book gets really exciting.

My issue with the book is with the characters of Grover and Davey who are so under developed and... weird/illogical that it’s hard for me to buy them. With Grover, I assumed there’d be a reveal that he was on the autism spectrum. He is described simply as someone who doesn’t understand social cues, has
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle school
Hideout, by Watt Key, is a cool story for middle school readers who like a suspenseful mystery. I really enjoyed the book! The story is about Sam, a teenager who just loves going out on his boat. Sam's parents trust his skills and that he will not get lost in the bayou and river. Sam's best friend, Grover, has been made a target by a bully in their school, and Sam distances himself by not spending time with Grover, doing activities like gaming, that the friends used to enjoy together. The table ...more
Paula Boyce
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was full of adventure, mystery, and suspense. I enjoyed it immensely and know that middle school readers will, too. Sam is questioning his self-worth after being bullied and beaten by older boys at his school. He thinks he was beaten up simply because of his association with Grover, a rich kid in his neighborhood. Trying to forget his troubles now that school is out and he has the whole summer ahead of him, Sam takes his boat out on the bayou and ends up in a far-off swamp area. Here h ...more
Spike's Place
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, 5th-grade
This is an exciting coming-of-age adventure story that takes place in the swamps of Mississippi. Twelve-year-old Sam is trying to find his place in a new town where his father is a cop. After being badly beat-up at school by a bully, Sam's father buys him a fishing boat. Although Sam is not into fishing he begins to take his boat deep into the swamp where there is a dead body and a mysterious boy living alone in an abandoned camp. Sam helps the boy survive and the two end up having quite the adv ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a DRC courtesy of Netgalley. I have not read the final finished edition.
Sam's pride is smarting after being beaten up by bullies in front of many of his classmates. He wants to prove himself to be brave and win his father's approval. His father has given him a fishing boat and Sam is determined to find a missing man that has disappeared on a waterway in the area. He wants to do something brave. He tells his parents that he is going fishing. While he is actually searching for the missing
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Exciting adventure about 12-year-old Sam Ford, whose father is a policeman and who is feeling bad about himself after getting beat up in front of the whole school. He takes the fishing boat he just got for his birthday out to do something brave--look for a dead body that he has heard is somewhere in the swamp near his home on the Pascagoula River. Instead he finds a boy about his age, Davey, who is repairing and old fishing camp in a deserted area of the swamp. Davey is waiting for his father an ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can see this appealing to a lot of reluctant readers. Although it is totally unrelated to the content, many reluctant readers will not pick it up because they will say there are "too many words on a page and the words are too small."

If they will give it a chance, they will be glad they did. I didn't want to stop reading; I needed to know exactly what Sam was getting himself into and what might become of his adventures/relationships. The book very smoothly intertwines a lot of themes in a way t
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because there was lots of mystery and the main character called Sam was a nice character because he never let his friend down.I would recommend this book to the people who like mystery and people who like brave kid.Somebody called Sam moved in to his new neighborhood.And Sam wanted a boat for his birthday so his dad got it for him.But his dad said he can only use it for fishing and he could no go so far in to the river.So like all kids,he was curios so he went deeper in to the ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Lost Boys
  • The Trail
  • Click'd (Click'd #1)
  • Rosemarked (Rosemarked, #1)
  • Forget Me Not
  • To Catch a Killer (Erin Blake #1)
  • Greetings from Witness Protection!
  • Saving Marty
  • Joplin, Wishing
  • The Big Dark
  • Mustaches for Maddie
  • Halfway Normal
  • The Losers Club
  • Walking with Miss Millie
  • Fuzzy
  • Mascot
  • Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink
  • Lifeboat 12
See similar books…

Related Articles

Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to...
137 likes · 39 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“In that moment, we were all witness to the dark truth that no matter where you are, how safe you feel, there are sometimes bad people looking for an opportunity to do bad things. And it's not all about winning against them; it's about being brave and not losing against yourself.” 1 likes
More quotes…