March 11, 2017

Blog Tour: You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki. Top Ten List +GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the official blog tour for You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki! 

Very excited to host today's spot. His books are also a go-to when a student wants a "scary" book.

First about the book

Shadow House will find you . . .

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too. . .

Enter Shadow House . . . if you dare.

BONUS: Step inside Shadow House with the free app for your tablet or phone! Each image in the book reveals a haunting in the app, where the choices you make determine your fate.

Praise for YOU CAN'T HIDE

"Shadow House has everything I love—strange characters, magic and the supernatural, endless danger and adventure—and a mystery I dare any reader to try to solve". -- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

"Ghostly... grotesque... eerie..." -- Booklist

"Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. Old-school, John Saul-style horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fun and creepy in all the good ways." -- VOYA

A Junior Library Guild selection


Photo Credit: Nic DeStefano

Dan Poblocki is an American author of mystery and horror novels for young people. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. During his pre-teen years, his family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Dan currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with two scaredy cats. 

Dan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in theater. Subsequently, he toured the United States playing ultra-challenging roles such as Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Shoemaker in The Shoemaker and the Elves to packed houses filled with literally thousands of screaming children. (He hopes they weren’t screaming in fear.)

Dan ended his promising acting career to focus on other endeavors. While exploring various artistic options, he held a number of jobs in New York City including: a floral groomer, an audience-wrangler for a popular game show, a computer analyst, a chemotherapy-unit assistant, and a traveling bathing suit sales-dude. 

That’s right. A traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

Dan now writes full time. He's probably working on something new this very minute!

I'll give you my thoughts about the book in just a second but first I have to share what I think is actually a better endorsement of the book.  I had the book at school, so I thought I'd share it with some of my students (3rd-5th grade).  First they loved the cover and grabbed it out of my hands!  Then, after reading the summary, wanted to know when I was adding it to the library.  Several have kept asking about it.  To me that tells way more about the appeal of the book than anything I could say!  So I'll keep my thoughts short.

I really enjoyed the book.  I'm a fan of creepy, so as long as it delivers that I'm happy.  And this book as great creep factor.  Enough that an upper elementary student would get the shivers, but not so much that they hid under the covers shaking.  It took some nice twists and turns catching me a bit off guard.  And - the cast of characters was good.  There wasn't any that truly annoyed me which can be the death of any book in my mind!

In short: Great book for the elementary/middle school kid looking for a creepy read!

And now I'm excited to share a Top Ten List Dan put together for my stop!  

Top 10 Ideal Places to Write About!

10.  Dark basements  
9.  Libraries 
8.  Sleepy Hudson Valley Towns 
7.  Sleepy New England Towns 
6.  Lighthouses with secret passages 
5.  Haunted Islands 
4.  Haunted Caves 
3.  Abandoned Psychiatric Hospitals 
2.  Ghost-towns 
1.  Sprawling, Gothic mansions  

I totally agree with #3!!! I so want to explore one!

To see more tour stops check out the official tour page:

7 Winners will receive a Copy of You Can't Hide (Shadow House #2) by Dan Poblocki

Giveaway is open internationally. 
 Must be 13+ to Enter
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