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Hide and Seeker

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  125 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Ms. Woc Reader
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, favorites
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
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
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
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.
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, lohf
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
Brody (ettubrody)
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!!
Brooks Benjamin
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Belles Middle Grade Library
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Brian Anderson
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Averbuch
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, horror
I'm gonna be honest with you, Hide and Seeker will probably be on my Top Ten Books Read in 2021, so take that as you will. ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Vanessa S.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up!

This is a creepy, spooky read perfect for those who love Goosebumps or similar books. Justin (the main character) is glad to have his friend, Zee, back home after he mysteriously went missing for a year, but he has been different since he came back. Justin and his friends play a game of Hide and Seek at Zee's welcome home party, but things go terribly wrong. This one will make you rethink ever playing Hide and Seek again (or letting your kids play it).
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
Melissa Mcavoy
A book that seems destined for popularity. There is a certain segment of 5th and 6th graders that crave horror and the this is perfect for them. Four close friends Justin, Nis, Lyric and Zee, come together for one of their squad’s birthday. A couple random neighborhood kids also attend. But the birthday boy, Zee has just returned from having gone missing for over a year. His arms have terrible scars, he’s trashed his living room and when he finally appears at the party he chants weirdly ominous ...more
Heather W
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written and creepy tale, this is perfect for lovers of horror and chills. The cast is fun to read about and there are some genuine scares throughout. The tension grips you and never lets up - with the perfect ending allowing for future instalments (which I really REALLY hope we get). There are twists and turns, and it is just an all round brilliant book. It is beautifully crafted and masterfully put together. The pacing is phenomenal and it is written in an engaging way. Would high ...more
Kasey Ashton
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is AMAZING!!! If you have horror loving kids - get them this book! Awesome friend group, creepy thrills, a great plot, and fantastic storytelling. Adults, this is a totally fun book & I can't recommend it enough for all ages readers. 10 year old me would have devoured this book and both baby me and adult me will be waiting in breathless anticipation for Daka Hermon's next book! ...more
Sandy O'Brien
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I can see my students that love horror devouring this book.

Playing hide and seek should be a fun and safe game, right? And this book a game of hide and seek goes very wrong where kids are having to face their worst fears and work together to come out on the other side.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite being an adult reading a middle grade horror book, this was a really good read. It had a really good pace and didn’t feel rushed at all. I also believe that Daka Hermon is going to do great things if she continues writing. Especially how this is her debut, it was well thought. Will be looking forward to seeing more of her work!
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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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