Books by Sid Hite

I’M EXPLODING NOW by Sid Hite
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"That revelation makes this offering a welcome breath of fresh air. (Fiction. YA)"
"Part of my problem is, I don't know what to do with my life," writes 16-year-old Max. Read full book review >
THE KING OF SLIPPERY FALLS by Sid Hite
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"A likable protagonist, a mystery, a romance, a near-death in the roiling waters close to the falls, an elderly neighbor who saves his life, and a boy intent on life well-lived are the elements sure to hook many readers. (Fiction. 12+)"
Lewis "Poisson" Hinton dreams of catching the giant trout he's sure he's seen behind Slippery Falls. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Civil War buffs and fans of the series will find a solid summary of a key battle. (Fiction. 9-14)"
"On to Richmond!" was the Yanks' cry in 1862, but Fredericksburg stood in the way. Read full book review >
A HOLE IN THE WORLD by Sid Hite
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"With more diligent editing, this could have been a well-realized story about grieving and growing up—unfortunately, it isn't. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The legacy of one man's character on his survivors is explored in this Southern coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >
STICK AND WHITTLE by Sid Hite
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Because the good guys are so likable, and the bad guys little more than cardboard figures, readers will find this an amiable ramble, finished off with a heartwarming double romance. (Fiction. 11-13)"
=Two lone travelers help each other their achieve hearts' desires in this leisurely, character-rich western from an always interesting author. Read full book review >
CECIL IN SPACE by Sid Hite
Released: May 1, 1999

"Cecil's ongoing discourse on the problems of the universe grow trying, but readers will relate to—and laugh over—his simple struggle to find his way. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Despite the title, Hite's latest is no sci-fi, futuristic effort, but a modern novel with a first-person narrative with echoes of such classics as Catcher in the Rye. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE OF HOPE by Sid Hite
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hite's plain language, humor, and breezy pacing keep the journey rolling along, making it ideal even for readers who usually shun fantasies. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hite (Those Darn Dithers, 1996, etc.) demonstrates his versatility in this action-filled adventure of a boy's inward and outward journey. Read full book review >
THOSE DARN DITHERS by Sid Hite
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Hilarious. (Fiction. 12+)"
Return to whimsical Willow County in this charming sequel to Dither Farm (1992). Read full book review >
AN EVEN BREAK by Sid Hite
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A fast read, without any bumps, that, like the average TV show, leaves almost no impression. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An unambitious novella about ambitious 12-year-old Frisk: He gets a summer job managing a backroom pool hall in Wilma, Virginia; sets up his mother with the polite pro who teaches him the game; and, by stepping in for his mentor at the pivotal moment in a pool tournament (which comprises a third of the book), becomes the toast of the pool hall. Read full book review >
ANSWER MY PRAYER by Sid Hite
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"Not his best, it is still a good read that will be welcomed onto middle- grade shelves. (Fiction. 11+)"
An amusing fantasy about a lazy young angel reluctantly coming to the aid of a girl. Read full book review >
IT'S NOTHING TO A MOUNTAIN by Sid Hite
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Grand entertainment. (Fiction. 11+)"
The author of Dither Farm (1992) spins another offbeat adventure, enacted by less extraordinary but still vibrant characters. Read full book review >
DITHER FARM by Sid Hite
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1992

"A grand readaloud with broad age appeal. (Fiction. 10+)"
Henry Dither and his wife Clementine are introduced during their comic, yokel-style courtship, but most of the events here take place years later, when a visit from Great-aunt Emma—a remarkable lady who arrives by magic carpet—precipitates a summer of extraordinary events involving the four Dithers children and a large cast of colorful Virginia neighbors. Read full book review >