Review sponsored by Mike Gleason
The Children’s Book Review | May 31, 2018
Written by Mike Gleason
Illustrated by Christine Harrison
Age Range: 5 to 9
Paperback: 130 pages
Publisher: Farm Street Publishing
What to expect: Western Story, Travel, Courage, Adventure
The Hideout Kids series by Mike Gleason kicks off with a whip and a neigh with the first book, Tuff, Sadie, & The Wild West. This charming story about two friends, Tuff and Sadie, who move from New York City to a small town in Texas, is every bit as daring as it is exciting.
The two friends embark on the journey to Muleshoe, Texas, when Tuff’s aunt becomes too sick to care for him at home in New York. With his friend Sadie in tow, the two 10-year olds travel by train, covered wagon, and horse on their journey through the Wild West. Along the way, the two city slickers encounter bandits and familiar faces, and quickly learn how the ways of the west are different from their lives back home.
Gleason pens a whimsical but distinctly western story, filled with bright descriptions and hidden surprises. His fluid style helps readers feel like they can find a place riding along with the characters during their journey. Tuff and Sadie rise to the occasion of their trip, demonstrating to young readers the power of cleverness and sticking to a plan.
This easy read will entertain and delight elementary-aged readers who enjoy books about exploration, courage, and travel. Teachers and parents will also find the story of Hideout Kids: Tuff, Sadie, & The Wild Westto be an uplifting and fast-paced tale that is fun to share with young readers, who will eagerly want to grab the next book in the series to continue the adventure. The Hideout Kids series is sure to be a beloved favorite that will be read again and again.
About the Author
Mike Gleason was raised in the western Texas town of Midland. His mom was a second grade teacher and his dad was a geologist.
Mike attended Midland High School, then Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. A tennis scholarship helped pay for his college.
After graduating from Duke, he formed the oil and gas exploration and production firm Worth Petroleum Company in Ft Worth, Texas. His work as a wildcatter led to oil and gas discoveries in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
He sold Worth Petroleum Company and his career evolved into television and film production. He spent several years on the board of directors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)Studiosin Los Angeles. He recently co-created and produced the award-winning music television series Live from Abbey Road, filmed at Abbey Road Studios in London, which broadcasts worldwide to over 120 countries.
In 2017, he published his debut children’s novel, Tuff, Sadie & the Wild West, the first in the series of Wild West magical adventure books titled Hideout Kids.
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