“Everyone knew that Savannah was the greatest animal lover and animal expert the town of Cedarville had ever known,”(p.4). Her desperate attempts to keep her dog Luthor was the subject of Gordon Korman’s book Hideout. This great realistic fiction book takes place in present day Cedarville, New York. I chose this book for my blog because I had read the first book in the series, Swindle, and I wanted to read another one of Gorden Korman’s books.
The protagonist in Hideout is Savannah. She is eleven-years-old and in sixth grade. Savannah is brave. When she knows that she can get in big trouble for what she is doing, she takes the risk. Savannah has to hide Luthor at her friend’s camp because S. Windle Polimino is trying to take Luthor back. He wants to get revenge on them and get money off of Luthor from the dog shows he does. Savannah knows that if she gets caught she will get in serious trouble. Savannah is also loyal. Savannah is loyal to her dog when she promises that he will not get taken away and that if he does then she will make sure to get him back. At first Savannah does not trust her friends so much and she is to scared to leave Luthor at her friend’s camps, but she gains trust in them when they start to like Luthor more.
There are three different parts in Hideout. Part 1 is definitely my favorite. Savannah has to hide Luthor at three different camps (each camp is a different part), her camp, Ben’s camp, and Melissa and Logan’s camp. In the first part she hides Luthor at her camp (she is also with Griffin). Griffin and Savannah decide to hide Luthor in a little shed by a lake that is in the middle of the woods. The lake is known to have a monster in it. Somehow S. Windle Palomino finds out where Luthor is and hires a man who pretends to be a scientist at the camp. Eventually, the man finds Luthor and tries to steal him, but luckily Griffen and Savannah are there when the man finds Luthor. When the man arrives and finds Luthor, Savannah and Griffen are there. Griffen finds a stick and hits the man hard on the head with it. While the man was knocked out, Savannah and Griffen grab Luthor and hop in the rowboat that is on the shore. Griffen and Savannah paddle away as quick as they can into the middle of the lake. When the man wakes up he gets his motorboat and chases after them. When the man is about to hit the rowboat, the monster, which turned out to be a submarine, pops up and hits the motorboat. The motorboat almost flipped over and the man fell out. He could not swim and was drowning, but Luthor jumped out of the roaboat and saves him. The man decides to quit working for S. Windle Palimino after Luthor saved him. What do you think will happen in the other parts? Will S. Windle Polimino get Luther back or will Savannah get to keep Luthor?
The theme for Hideout is friendship. That is the theme because Savannah has to trust her friends that they will not let Luthor get taken away. The friends all have to work together to prevent that and when bad things happen they are always there for each other.
Hideout is a fantastic book. It has a mystery in every chapter. Gorden Korman makes you want to keep on reading the book to find out what happens next. I love how the author relates each start of each book to the book before it. For example, Gorden Koman took his book Show Off, and related the end of that book into the start of Hideout. If you like to read mysteries or like Gorden Korman’s book than I reccomend this book to you.