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The Hideaway

Pam Smy

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654797

Price: £ 14.99

Publication date: 9 September 2021

ISBN: 9781843655220

ASIN: 9781843655220

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Publication date: 9 September 2021

Category: Fiction

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The wonderful long-awaited second novel from Pam Smy, celebrated author and illustrator of Thornhill.

The Hideaway tells the story of a boy, Billy McKenna, who runs away from a difficult situation at home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. While hiding there he meets an elderly man who is tending the graves in preparation for a day in November when something magical is set to happen.

The book is written in two alternating narratives, both different aspects of the same story. One thread tells of Billy’s experience of hiding away in the graveyard, his mixed-up feelings and emotions, and the supernatural events he eventually witnesses. The other tells of his mother’s situation at home and the police search for Billy. Covering themes of family, childhood, separation and reunion, domestic violence and doing the right thing, this is an important and beautiful book for middle grade readers right up to 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 finish the last page.



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.



‘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'


'Pam Smy has absolutely gone and done it again, you know. In #TheHideawayBook she crafts a deeply sensitive and emotionally complex story yet tells it with such a masterful touch that it will stay with you for days, months, years... A delicate fusion between word and image in which the latter dances across the closing pages to a most beautiful, haunting melody'

Mat Tobin, education influencer

'Powerful and moving ... Sensitively told, the story is emotionally charged, lingering with the reader long after reading ... Beautifully produced ... with wonderful black and white pictures ... Atmospheric and touching, ‘The Hideaway’ is a beautifully told, sensitive story'

Nothern Somerset Teachers Book Award

'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

'Absolutely marvellous. I could say more but don’t want to give any spoilers! … Preorder now!'

Adele Geras

'Two alternative narratives bound around one story. Beautifully presented with a tender yet powerful story around family and domestic abuse. So well told ... A huge achievement.'

Mat Tobin, education influencer

'This will be a treat'

Katherine Woodfine

'Very excited to start reading this'

Jenny Jacoby

'Oh good golly!'

Mat Tobin

‘It is so beautiful & sad & hopeful & heartbreaking’

Caroline Fielding

“A real surprise and treat… sounds like it’s going to be a really fantastic story… beautiful endpapers… gorgeous, gorgeous black and white drawings.”,

Mrs Brown’s Book Box

‘The Hideaway is a work of art … Author/illustrator Pam Smy and the design team at Pavilion Books have created a masterpiece … Even better than the story … are the illustrations. I’m not sure that I have the vocabulary to share how captivated I am by them. I want to use words like entrancing, evocative, haunting, illuminating’

Pictures and Conversations

‘A stunningly atmospheric book [with] fabulous endpapers and amazing black and white illustrations… a moving and gripping story’

Get Kids into Books

‘We are loving the latest book by Pam Smy … An autumnal stunner to cherish and read again!’

Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books




  • The Hideaway Resource Pack UK

    This resource pack includes discussion points and activities designed for use for book groups, KS2 & KS3 teachers & librarians.