6 Spooky Facts About Hide and Seeker
Ready or not, October has arrived, and so has Hide and Seeker! This chilling read brings the thrills, adventure, and a game of hide and seek with a creepy twist.
Things haven’t been going great for Justin. His mother passed away and his best friend went missing all in the same week. After a challenging year of struggling with anxiety, coping with grief, and trying to adjust to life without his mom and best friend, Zee returns – but he isn’t the same.
Don’t let the seeker find you!
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.
Hide and Seeker
AUTHOR: Daka Hermon
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
DATE: September 15, 2020
Justin, Nia, and Lyric gather to welcome home their missing friend, but things aren’t quite right. Zee is different, distant, and even seems a bit…haunted. When the kids head out for a game of hide and seek, things go horribly wrong. As they play the game, the kids disappear one by one to the land of Nowhere, a terrifying place where nightmares comes to life. In order to survive, Justin and his friends will have to hide from the Seeker, work together, and face their fears head-on.
Want to know more about this bone-chilling read? Author Daka Hermon is dishing out 6 facts about the book, including the eerie chant that inspired the story!
Author Daka Hermon Shares 6 Spooky Facts About Hide and Seeker:
- FACT #1:
When I started writing this novel, I thought it was going to be an Action Adventure/Mystery, like The Goonies. Somehow it became a horror novel, which is surprising since I’m a big scaredy-cat. The cover of Hide and Seeker even scared me the first time I saw it!
- FACT #2:
Hide and Seek was one of my favorite games when I was a kid. When I visited my grandma, all the neighborhood kids would meet near her house to play. She had a great front yard with the perfect trees for home base. We’d play until it was dark. Then we’d run around catching lightning bugs until our parents made us come inside.
- FACT #3:
The chant used in Hide and Seeker is the same chant we used to start the game when I was a kid. (I went up the hill, the hill was muddy, stomped my toe and made it bloody. Should I wash it?) I have no idea where the chant originated. No one does, which makes it even more creepy. It was this chant that gave me the idea to write the novel.
- FACT #4:
Several of the kids in the book are named after friends or family members. I have a younger sister named Shae, but she is not at all like the character in Hide and Seeker.
- FACT #5:
I love ice cream trucks! I get excited when I see them and hear the music, even though some are little scary. I have a toy collection that now includes ice cream truck toys.
- FACT #6:
I include a little of my personality in all of my characters, but I’m probably most like Justin. He has to deal with some pretty heavy issues — grief and death. My mom died of cancer, too, though I wasn’t as young as Justin. No matter how much time passes, the sadness still remains. Like Justin, I had some great friends that uplifted and supported me. I hope everyone who reads this story understands that it’s okay to not be okay and recognizes the value in real friendships.
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