When a teenage boy on a high-tech treasure hunt inadvertently stumbles into the middle of a crime, he finds himself in a dangerous situation that could turn deadly.

After a summer cooped up in his family’s store selling bait, tackle, and soft drinks to tourists, fourteen-year-old Chase finally gets a chance to go on his first solo geocaching adventure. 

Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache—a small metal box—hidden deep in the woods in some undergrowth. Inside, with a few plastic army men and a log book, is a troubling message for help in a child’s handwriting.

When Chase returns later, he finds another message in the geocache box, this time asking for food. He is curious —and worried—about the mysterious individuals leaving the messages. What if they are hopelessly lost or hiding from something—or someone?

Before he can turn to the adults around him for help, Chase is pulled into a complex, dangerous drama and a chilling confrontation with an unstable father who will stop at nothing to hold on to his children. 

Young readers will learn all about the high-tech adventure game of geocaching in Katy Grant’s exciting novel that features heart-pounding action and surprising plot twists.


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Katy Grant is the author of Hide and Seek as well as the popular Summer Camp Secrets series for middle readers. She teaches college and university classes in writing and children’s literature and lives with her family in Arizona.

You can visit Katy Grant’s website here.



“First-rate suspense with an original premise and an appealing theme... A good, solid adventure.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Mystery and adventure propel this readable survival story that will hit the spot with Gary Paulsen's fans and may also entice reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal

“Part mystery, part outdoor adventure Hide and Seek should appeal to middle grade thrill seekers.” ―Library Media Connection

“Believable characters, credible subplots, and adventure with an air of mystery combine to form a heart-pounding young-reader novel.” ―Sunday Eagle

“Believable characters, complex questions, and surprising plot twists make this high-desert adventure a must-read.” ―Education.com

“...I was so glad to see that Hide and Seek fills the need for an exciting adventure story that's a bit mystery, lots of survival and suspense and a great read. I also really liked that the book uses geocaching...I will be recommending this one to tweens looking for a book that has survival themes and I think they'll easily get caught up in Chase's story.” ―Green Been Teen Queen blog

“I'm actually pretty intrigued with geo-caching now, and would like to try it out sometime! Hopefully 'Hide and Seek' will also inspire some of my students to do the same!” ―Book Tasty blog

“Katy Grant masters the adolescent introduction into the adult world through Chase's gradual comprehension of how deep parental love can be. The tense filled adventure will keep young readers glued to their seat through the climatic end of the story. A definite recommended book for the middle grade reader.” ―Boys to Books blog


Flicker Tale Children's Book Awards (nominee, juvenile books) ―North Dakota Library Association 2011-2012

Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association 2011

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (starred, intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association 2011

Great Stone Face Children's Book Award (nominee) ―Children's Librarians of New Hampshire 2011-2012

Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (nominee, grades 6-8) ―State Library of Louisiana and Louisiana Center for the Book 2012-2013

Maine Student Book Award (nominee) ―Maine Library Association, Maine Association of School Libraries, Maine Reading Association 2011-2012

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts K-6 novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2011

Grand Canyon Reader Award (nominee, intermediate) ―Arizona Library Association 2012-2013

Mark Twain Readers Award (nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians 2012-2013

Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award (nominee) ―SD Library Association, SD Reading Council, SD State Library, SD Elementary School Principals 2012-2013

Sunshine State Young Readers' Award (master list, grades 6-8) ―FAME 2012-2013