Hide and Seeker

Hide and Seeker

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By Daka Hermon
Publish Date: September 15, 2020
Hardcover with dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Horror
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

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 Zee's welcome home party, Justin and the neighborhood crew play Hide and Seek. But it goes wrong. Very wrong.

One by one, everyone who plays the game disappears, pulled into a world of nightmares come to life. Justin and his friends realize this horrible place is where Zee had been trapped. All they can do now is hide from the Seeker.


"This dark nail-biter, set in a small Tennessee town and featuring a largely African American cast... weaves a creepy spin on a childhood game that quickly slips into a Stephen King-esque tale of horror. Can the children trapped in Nowhere gather as allies to evade the Seeker and get home? A chilling debut--like the Seeker, a tale that doesn't let you go." -- Kirkus Starred Review

"Hermon's standout debut offers spine-tingling prose that pulls nopunches; nuanced depictions of grief, friendship, and fear; engagingcharacterization that makes readers root for its largely Black cast; and a reassuring ending that leaves room for future installments."  -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review