Sunday, July 12, 2020

Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon - OPTIONAL

Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon, 308 pages. Scholastic Press, 2020. $18.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG; Violence: PG



Justin has had a rough year.  His mother died and his best friend, Zee, went missing.  Zee suddenly shows up a year later, but he is changed.  At Zee’s welcome home party, things go from weird to horrifying when Justin and his sixth grade friends play hide and seek.  As Zee begins to spout strange riddles in rhyme, they realize that their game has dire consequences, especially as they begin to disappear one by one into a world of nightmares.

When Justin ends up in Nowhere, it is a lot like the Down Under in Stranger Things.  The kids in Nowhere are in a dark mirrored world below their real world as they are beset by their greatest fears.  I wanted to like this book more.  The rhymes were too simplistic and if I were terrified I don’t think I’d remember them anyway.  There just wasn’t a lot of tension and the consequences for not following the rules of hide and seek seemed pretty harsh for little kids. 

Michelle in the Middle

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