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Hide and Seeker

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  156 reviews
One of our most iconic childhood games receives a creepy twist as it becomes the gateway to a nightmare world.

I went up the hill, the hill was muddy, stomped my toe and made it bloody, should I wash it?

Justin knows that something is wrong with his best friend.Zee went missing for a year. And when he came back, he was . . . different. Nobody knows what happened to him. At Z
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Scholastic
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Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly chilling middle grade that is PERFECT to read if you're after genuine chills.

Justin is glad to have his friend Zee back after he went missing a year ago - but something seems off with him. Then, a game of hide and seek goes wrong at Zee's homecoming party, and one by one the kids who played go missing. Is it the Seeker snatching the children? Justin is marked and it's only a matter of time before he has to play hide and seek for his life.

This book is chef's kiss and I loved reading it. T
Jordaline Vulva
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a fun lil read! <3
There are many advantages to being a grown-up, and I’d be the first person to admit that. It’s great having the option to do or not do whatever I want (within reason) at any given time. I want chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? It’s a possibility! I want to bingewatch old British sitcoms for hours on end? Nothing could be easier! But adulthood isn’t that soft sweet song kids assume it to be. We have responsibilities we have to attend to. Take my book reviewing, for example. Every year I put a ...more
Ms. Woc Reader
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, children
The book starts a little over a year after Justin's mother has died and his friend Zee has recently reappeared. The story gets right into the creepiness expected from the title and cover as Justin and some other friends from the neighborhood gather at Zee's house for his birthday and start a game of hide and seek. Now slowly friends are disappear and strange marks are appearing on them. Justin and his friends soon learn you can't break the rules of Hide and Seek unless you want to be hunted down ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
I knew when I saw this cover and read the synopsis that I had to read this book! And I am pleased to say that this book does not disappoint in the slightest! It's full of coming-of-age, friendships, mystery/suspense, nightmares, and more. This book is a cautionary tale for abiding by the rules of any game played. Breaking the rules can have serious consequences. And in this case, the game they are playing is Hide and Seek. I can't even count how many hours and hours I spent playing this game wit ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2020
I really liked the story and how CREEPY and scary it was. I just wished it wrapped up better towards the end in terms of the kids in nowhere and maybe more of a triumphant ending where they destroyed the seeker. Super good though and recommend for a spooky Halloween read.
Brody (ettubrody)
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was phenomenal. Nice and creepy with a fun ensemble cast of smart, resourceful kids fighting to take down a monster. If you want a middle grade with a Nightmare On Elm Street atmosphere, I'd recommend this one for sure.

I also appreciate the fact that anxiety and panic attacks are featured here, because I feel like it's not something I've seen included in very many middle grade novels.
Belles Middle Grade Library
I will NEVER PLAY HIDE & SEEK AGAIN! Lol This was seriously so dark & creepy & I LOVED it! I read the last 80% last night. Impossible to put down. The not knowing would have driven me crazy, so I HAD to keep reading! Justin’s best friend Zee went missing for a year. When he came back, he was..different. Justin knows something’s very wrong w/him. Nobody knows where he was or what happened to him. At Zee’s welcome home party the neighborhood crew-Justin, Nia, Lyric, Quincy, Carla-play Hide & Seek. ...more
Let me tell ya'll something. Hide and Seeker is that girl, will always be that girl and could never not be that girl okay! This book was AMAZING.

Anyone who says that Middle Grade books are boring or don’t offer any substance doesn’t have taste. Listen, you don’t have to like an age group of books that aren’t meant for you. That’s fine. But don’t sit up here and say that Middle Grades don’t have flavor when this masterpiece exists. This book creeped me out more than some adult horrors I’ve read
Fleur Bradley
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The cover truly does the book justice: very scary, and perfect for your kid reader who is ready for something spookier.
I was up late reading this book, and was seriously spooked. Highly recommended.
Richard K. Wilson
How many times did you play Hide and Seek as a young child? How many times were you afraid to hide somewhere where it was DARK? Now, you will NEVER think of playing one of our most beloved outdoors; and sometimes even indoor games again in the same way, after reading this intense thriller! Ready Or Not....Here IT Comes! Ready to play Hide and SEEKER?

Daka Hermon's "Hide and Seeker" was supposedly a book for readers between the ages of 8 and 12....what the hell!!? No way would i ever give this to
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon absolutely blew me away. Not only is it a scary middle grade novel - this is a straight up MG horror - it has a lot of heart. Friendship, family, terror. You guys have seen me praise a lot of middle grade horror lately, and this is one I highly, highly recommend. Put it in your classrooms, put it in your libraries, buy it for your kids, buy it for yourself. I was an absolute mess reading this book. Books like Hide and Seeker are exactly why I read - and will contin ...more
How do I tell my 4 year old I can’t play hide and seek with him anymore because I’m not trying to go to Nowhere? Lol

This was honestly so perfect and the rhymes were sooo creepy. Exactly what I wanted!!
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-s-books
as much as i can remember that was my first middle grade paranormal thriller and i really liked the story and how creepy, chilling and scary it was! it blew me away at the right moments and surprised me, which was a good thing and left me speechless sometimes! being about kids while having such dark theme makes it even more scary!

the only "disappointment" that i've had is that i wanted the end to have a better wrap up about the other kids, their enthusiasm about winning against the seeker and t
Brooks Benjamin
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Goosebumps, fans of Stephen King—heck anyone who wants a creepy story packed with incredible writing and a cast of characters you wish were your friends—they’re all going to eat this book up!
Jun 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hide and Seeker was a terrifying read with Are You Afraid of the Dark vibes.

The story follows a group of friends who play hide and seek, and then find themselves being hunted by a mysterious monster known as The Seeker.

The book is filled with themes of loss, friendship, and the power of facing your fears. It has some really creepy imagery and the kids are put into some disturbing situations- but they learn how to overcome those situations by sticking together and facing them head on.

The story re
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a lot of cousins. Dozens upon dozens of cousins. And growing up all I did was play outside with these cousins, sunrise to sunset.

The adult(s) overseeing us would sit on the porch chatting, napping, drinking, telling us to stop hitting one another


We played a variety of games.

Mother May I, Kick Ball, House, Tag, Hide and Seek. Yeah, you see where I’m going with this. I don’t really remember any rigid rules regarding Hide and Seek besides there being a Seeker who closes their eyes
Brian Anderson
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My only complaint was that I went to the Author’s website and she doesn’t have any more books out...yet. Once again, I bought this book because of the cover and man, this one does not disappoint. It grabs hold immediately and does not let go.

The characters are alive, and that’s another issue, because you can’t look away when you see what happens to them. You’re in whether you like it or not, and you might not, as this story is fantastically creepy. The creatures and nightmares are spectacular.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is so good! Scary and haunting with great friendships and stakes that feel dangerous and real. Plus it has echoes of things like It (fear monster! sort of, anyway) and the upside down in Stranger Things while still being totally appropriate for a 6th grade reader. As an adult reader, it also has some pretty emotionally devastating stuff around kids losing parents and parents losing kids, which is NOT what I was in the mood for right now, but it's really well done. ...more
Jan Agaton
Jul 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I think this officially just opened up my reading horizon to Middle Grade! It took me a little bit to get into, but once I sat down and binged the last 200 pages, I was hooked for every page. Some of the scenes are actually pretty scary! I was surprised how much I viscerally reacted to certain parts. I didn't care for the characters in the beginning, but once they teamed up and started working together to defeat things, I loved them all. This is the perfect spooky summer read! ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Justin has had a tough year. Right after his best friend, Zee, went missing, his mother passed away from complications of cancer. Zee did return home, but something happened to him while he was gone that has left him traumatized. His single mother hopes to get him back to "normal", so invites his friends to a birthday celebration. Lyric, whose father is in prison, and Nia are part of the "fantastic four", so it makes sense that they are invited. Carla, who is sort
Sheila Averbuch
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Genuinely scary but surprisingly funny

I knew from the very first pages that this was going to be genuinely scary and it really is: it reminds me of Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. What I didn't expect were the laughs! Super banter and friendships in this one.
Ok this is no fooling around scary, for your most intrepid readers. Also unusual in that it takes on financial insecurity and features a very natural, varied squad of kids of color.
Thistle & Verse
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Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
TW: death of a parent

Daka Hermon delivers a gut-punching horror novel with her middle grade debut, Hide and Seeker. Justin knows his life will never be the same after his mother’s passing. With bills piling up and his sister struggling to support them, Justin knows that they are barely getting by. One of his best friends just returned after going missing and what should be a celebratory birthday party for him, ends up being the beginning of another nightmare. After a game of Hide and Seek, Justi
Miss Kitten’s Corner
I am honestly starting to think that middle grade horror is my thing... 5 stars!

I read this book for the entire day solely because it reads like a good scary movie. If 'IT' and 'Light as a Feather' had sex and made a baby. (Hint: The baby would be this book.) After reading this I definitely need more middle horror books in my life.

This book covers fears, grief, friendship, etc. A group of kids fighting a creature who feeds off of kids fears and kidnaps them is like the best book idea yet! (In
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was some scary stuff, I think if I saw this as a film I would lose it, and I’m not even in the target audience of tweens and teens.

Well written, strong character development and plot lines. A story of found family, facing your fears and losses and moving beyond them, stronger together, respect for all (including yourself). I really enjoyed this, even if it did give me nightmares.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book completely exceeded my expectations for what I THOUGHT would happen and how it would make me feel. I was terrified, sad, happy and stricken with the uncontrolable urge to hug my nieces and nephews while reading this.

This book definitely belongs somewhere in the Middle Grade hall of fame for characters, plot, pacing, stakes and the wild ride it takes the reader on. I was invested from page one and am clearly stunned enough to still be thinking about it hours after finishing.

Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hide and Seeker is an MG horror about a young boy called Justin who gets caught up in a monstrous game of Hide and Seek.

I really enjoyed Hide and Seeker. Throughout all of my reading I just got such a strong, atmospheric sense of run-down, baked-heat, gothic Americana. Justin was a brilliant main character, struggling heavily with anxiety and panic attacks following the death of his mother a year previous, but still able to act as an inspirational and dependable leader to his friends. The suppor
Mr. Salerno
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
There are some great scares throughout this story and the creepiness expected from the cover illustration is fulfilled. Dialogue between the characters was repetitive at times, especially once they get to Nowhere. It seems that in every chapter the characters were asking "how do we get home" without getting any closer to an answer, until the solution conveniently revealed itself. The final battle scene is thrilling, and the cliffhanger ending hints at an interesting premise for a sequel. Review ...more
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Daka Hermon was born in Tennessee and spent her childhood huddled under a blanket with a flashlight reading and writing fairy-tale and fantasy stories. She works in the entertainment industry, and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She loves peach sweet tea, chocolate, cupcakes, and collecting superhero toys. Daka lives in California and can be found on ...more

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