Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
By Nan Marino
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596437531, 250pp.)
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
List Price: $16.99*
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In "Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace "by Nan Marino, eleven-year-old musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, was supposed to win the most coveted reality show on television, "Tween Star." None of the other contestants even came close to his talents. But in the middle of the biggest night, with millions of people watching, Elvis panicked. He forgot the words to the song. He forgot the tune. He forgot how to play every single instrument he'd ever known and froze on national TV. So Elvis must run from the paparazzi camped outside his door and spend the summer working with his aunt and cousin at Piney Pete's Pancake Palace in the remote wilds of New Jersey. It's the perfect place to be anonymous, that is until Elvis meets Cecilia, a girl who can't seem to help blurting out whatever's on her mind.
An NPR Best Book of 2013.
*"Put this book in the hands of both the girls who follow every moment of the latest teen celebrity’s life and the quiet boys and girls who stand on the sidelines, listening for their song." -- School Library Journal, starred review
*"Her audience will eat it up." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"An entertaining read." -- Booklist
"Wish-fulfillment appeal for many a young reader." -- BCCB