Publisher : Pavilion Children’s (October 5, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1843654792
ISBN-13 : 978-1843654797
Praise for THE HIDEAWAY
“Love, loneliness, and grief are portrayed in grayscale illustrations…that expertly use light and shadow to convey mood…Atmospherically heartfelt and cathartic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The new book by the amazingly gifted Pam Smy … What an exquisite and beguiling interweaving of word and image” —Anthony McGowan
“An original, haunting story” —The Bookseller
“Heartbreaking yet heartwarming … Smy’s artwork lends the book a wintry, dramatic feel, but when it comes time for the spirits of the graveyard to be reunited, her spreads are full of joy” —BookTrust
A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill.
Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Covering themes of domestic violence, families, childhood, being separated and reunited, this is an important and beautifully illustrated book for middle grade readers right up to adults.
The Hideaway is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings. The atmospheric illustrations seep into the edge of the pages before they give way to a series of double-page spreads as the story reaches its climax.
Pam Smy studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, where she now lectures part-time. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle (The Hound of the Baskervilles), Julia Donaldson (Follow the Swallow) and Kathy Henderson (Hush, Baby, Hush!), among others. She lives in Cambridge. Her first novel, Thornhill was a critical and commercial success, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the UKLA Book Awards, and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 and winning the 2018 British Book Design & Production Award for Graphic Novels.