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Hide and Seek

Robin Scott-Elliot


12 August 2021









From the author of The Tzar’s Curious Runaways, picked by the Telegraph as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2020 and The Acrobats of Agra, picked by The Observer as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2021, a thrilling adventure set in London and war time Paris.

Paris, 1941; Amelie Dreyfus is hiding. It’s a just game when she goes into Maman’s giant wardrobe. When she comes out it’s a matter of life and death. With her family swept away by the Nazis, Amelie decides to fight back, joins the Resistance and struggles through long years of war, forced to grow-up ahead of her time. With the Americans approaching, Amelie takes on one last mission, to save a group of Jewish children barely younger than her, and once that’s done she will at last find out if her family are coming home.

Shortlisted for for the Warwickshire Senior Book Award and the GDST Book of the Year 2022

A powerful wartime adventure from the author of The Tzar’s Curious Runaways

– The Bookseller

A cracking adventure story

– The Spectator, Best Books of the Year

Hide and Seek brings to vivid life the courage of young people who risked all in the French resistance in the Second World War.Young Amélie Dreyfus is playing hide and seek when the soldiers come for her Jewish family. A much more dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues as she half-starves, makes common cause with resistance operatives and eventually outperforms a whole cadre of British spies with her cunning and courage. Who can you trust, Scott-Elliot asks.

– The Observer

An epic, inspiring coming-of-age novel, which thrills from the opening pages and doesn’t lose its grip.

– Chris Soul

A gripping, utterly convincing wartime spy story

– LoveReading4Kids

A thrill a minute wartime adventure about a young girl fighting for the resistance in France.

– Just Imagine

A powerful story of courage in the face of danger

– Scope for the Imagination

A beautifully told story which should whet appetites for wartime classics such as Carrie’s War and Goodnight Mister Tom.

– Telegraph

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