Book Blitz and Giveaway: Haunting Illustrated Novel Combines Supernatural Suspense with the Everyday Horrors of Real Life: The Hideaway by Pam Smy, the acclaimed author of Thornhill



YABC is excited to be a part of the book blitz for  a new novel for teens and tweens that would be perfect for Halloween, and Kirkus hails as “atmospherically heartfelt and cathartic”: The Hideaway (Pavilion Children’s; 9/7/21; UK Sept 9th; ISBN: 978-1843654797; Hardcover $19.95; Ages 8-13; 256 pages) by Pam Smy, author of critically- and commercially-acclaimed debut Thornhill

The Hideaway combines gripping text and stunning illustration to tell the story of Billy McKenna, a boy who runs away from a difficult situation at home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard to deal with his mixed-up emotions. There, Billy meets an elderly man who tends the graves in preparation for All Souls’ Eve, and ultimately witnesses the magical events that come to pass on that spooky night.

Interwoven in Billy’s supernatural story is the all-too-realistic tale of his mother’s situation at home and the police search for Billy. With themes of family and childhood, separation and reunion, domestic violence and doing the right thing, this is an important and beautiful book for middle graders through adults.

Billy’s story is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings, until the event on All Souls’ Eve, when the text gives way to a series of double page images of the supernatural happening.

The Hideaway is a compelling, exciting and emotional story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.




Meet The Hideaway!


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.


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Meet Pam Smy!

Pam Smy studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, where she now lectures part-time. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle, Julia Donaldson, and Kathy Henderson, among others. Her first novel, Thornhill, was a critical and commercial success, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the UKLA Book Awards, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018, and winning the 2018 British Book Design & Production Award for Graphic Novels. She lives in Cambridge, UK.


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 “Atmospherically heartfelt and cathartic.” –Kirkus








5 winners will receive a hardcover of The Hideaway ~ (US/UK)

Giveaway ends 9/19 at 11:59pm ET



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