Hide and Seek by Cathy Macphail

Hide and Seek

Written by Cathy Macphail

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   Reluctant Readers   
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Interest age Teen Reading age 8+. Chilling from start to finish this is a brilliant, fast moving and spooky story. When new girl Destiny arrives at school she asks if it is really haunted… Everyone knows it isn’t but tricking Destiny seems like a bit of harmless fun. But soon the fun begins to go just a little bit wrong… Tension mounts and leads to a highly satisfying conclusion. With a reading age of 8+ but an interest age of 12+, this novel can be enjoyed by an older struggling or reluctant reader just as much as by an avid and keen 8 year old reader.

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Hide and Seek by Cathy Macphail

Interest age 12+ Reading age 8+. Nicola wants to scare the new girl, Destiny, so she and her gang stay overnight in the school. After all, Destiny doesn't realise that all the stories about the school being haunted are made up. Or are they? Terrifying chiller.

Based on a blurb written by 13 year-old Becky Wright of Dundee, who wrote the winning entry in a city-wide competition in order to promote reading.


'A real page-turner, finely executed.' - Writeaway

About the Author

Cathy Macphail

Scottish author Cathy McPhail won the Kathleen Fidler Award with her novel Run Zan Run, the Scottish Arts Council Award with her second novel, Fighting Back, a Royal Mail award and the 2010 Explore Award for Roxy's Baby and the 2010 Stockport Award and Royal Mail Award for Grass. Cathy's work is enormously popular with young teenagers, her trademarks being pacy and topical storylines. Cathy lives in Greenock, Scotland.

Cathy wrote Run Zan Run after her daughter Katie was bullied at school. Cathy now loves writing for children. Asked what she'd do if she wasn't a writer, she says: "If I wasn't paid to write, I'd still write books. What do I do in my spare time? I write. What is my hobby? Writing. I just love it. So, what would I be if I wasn't a writer? Bored stiff."

Cathy is the author of the heart-stopping and highly original crime thrillers Nemesis Boys. Reluctant readers in particular will be drawn to the whole package – the dramatic cover look, the short time frame in which all four thrillers are set, the short, pacy chapters, the cliff hangers and the dynamic, independent, resourceful boy hero.

Nemesis is the junior Bourne Identity so parents who are fans of Robert Ludlum’s writing will appreciate just how good and suitable the Nemesis quartet is for their late tween and teen offspring.

Devil you know is a fast-paced teen thriller with the author’s unique brand of real-life drama and shocking twists, the action-packed story of a group of boys dealing with friendship, trust and revenge on a Glasgow estate.

There are bookmarks and posters to download from Cathy's website - click on the link on the right hand side.

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72 pages


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Publication date

12th June 2009




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