Carolina Recommends THE HIDEOUT

Eighth grader Carolina Sias from Hillsboro, Oregon recommends. . .

The Hideout by Peg Kehret

I really like the book The Hideout. I liked how the author explained the theme, how she introduced the characters and how it was very detailed.

After Jeremy’s parents are killed he’s sent off on a train to live with his Uncle, but horror seems to strike wherever Jeremy goes. The train crashes, leaving Jeremy terrified and dazed. He walks into the woods and finds an abandoned cabin. Thinking he can hide from his troubles, he decides to live in the cabin until one night he hears gunshots. Finding out that there are bear poachers, Jeremy realizes that both his life, and the bears’, are in danger. He tried to escape his life, but has Jeremy led himself into deeper trouble?

Stand up for what is right: that is probably the most commonly-used themes in movies and books, but I liked how Peg Kehret, the author, portrayed it in this book. Jeremy could choose to forget about the troubles of nature. Instead he not only puts his life in the line of fire for the bears, but for the values taught to him by his parents. I liked how the theme was shown by a kid instead of an adult because it’s easier to understand. Maybe adults don’t get it, but it seems like the kids understand the minds of their peers a lot easier than adults do. It makes you think if more people stood up for what is right, where would our world stand right now?

In most books, the characters are described in one big swoop. In this book you get to know the characters through out the whole story. Jeremy’s looks are described in the beginning, but his personality is shown later. For instance, during the book Jeremy befriends someone from a nearby town. Since his friend is also helping him catch the bear poachers, he is afraid that their lives are in danger to and he would feel responsible if anything ever happened to them. So it shows that he cares for others though it may not seem like it at first. I almost felt like I was Jeremy.

Imagine if a book had no detail. Go ahead think about it for a minute. How boring, right? Fortunately, our books aren’t like that. Today’s books have so much detail it’s as if you’re really there. Well, that’s how this book is. Here is an example from the book: “Before he reached it, another explosion blasted from the center of the flames. Blazing debris shot into the air like a fireworks display. The earth shuddered as a horrible smell filled the air.”  During this scene I felt like I was there. I could hear the crackle of the fire, feel the heat, smell the smoke and see the explosion as if I was really there. I loved how the author didn’t just say what happened the explained it and how she compared things, giving us something to see for those of us who haven’t been in a train crash before. I love books that are very detailed because they are like a mini TV in your head.

You should read this book because it is amazing. The theme, the characters, and the details make this book really good. When you finish you’ll be astonished.


Several of Carolina’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.


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