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by Jess Rinker

THE HIKE TO HOME by Jess Rinker

FSG/Macmillan July 2022

Tagline: In this fun middle-grade adventure, a young girl and her two new friends brave the wilderness to find a castle, prove a local legend, and discover the true meaning of home.

About the book: Lin Moser is not looking forward to this summer. After living on the road all her life, hiking mountains and traveling through the country in an RV with her house-flipping parents, she’s now stuck in Newbridge, New Jersey for their longest stay yet. With Mom away on a year-long naturalist assignment, Lin has resigned herself to having the most boring summer ever. But then she finds out about a local legend: an ancient, ruined castle in the woods that no one has been able to find. Hiking to this castle would be like a quest…such an amazing quest that Mom might even come home, and they could adventure together the way they used to. Determined to create her own adventure, Lin sets off on her biggest one yet—braving the wilderness with her two new friends, seeking the castle, and maybe discovering a new idea of home along the way.

About the author: Jess Rinker is the author of Gloria Takes a Stand, a picture book biography of Gloria Steinem, and Send a Girl: The Brenda Berkman Story (both are published by Bloomsbury), plus the middle-grade duology The Dare Sisters (Imprint/Macmillan)). Jess has a BA in Social Welfare and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has won many awards for her work including an honorable mention for the Katherine Paterson Prize from Hunger Mountain for her middle-grade manuscript, The Young Traveler’s Club. In addition to writing, Jess also teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and works as a freelance developmental editor and writing coach. She recently moved to West Virginia with her husband, Joe McGee, who is also a children’s author. https://jessrinker.com/

Praise for THE HIKE TO HOME:

“Rinker’s affinity for treasure-seeking quests serves readers well, as do her clear interest in and affection for the natural world....An enjoyably alfresco romp.” – Kirkus

“Rinker packs themes and plot points into a novel whose real strength is its characters...the rapport and significant emotional arcs satisfy.” – Publishers Weekly

Praise for the author’s previous work:


“This treasure-hunt chronicle will pique the curiosity of young explorers….Ahoy, me hearties!” – Kirkus

“With a clear love for the area and its rich history, Rinker’s debut middle grade adventure draws readers into the lore of Ocracoke Island, N.C....[T]he Dare sisters’ strong bonds are a definite highlight in this voice-driven book that will spark readers’ imaginations.” – Publishers Weekly

“The Dare sisters are hunting for treasure, but the real treasure is the story that unfolds in the pages of this book. It’s smart, funny and full of heart; I couldn’t put this rollicking adventure down.” – Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath

“For anyone who loves riddles, adventure, and pirates, The Dare Sisters is a real treasure.” – Lisa Papademetriou, author of the Confectionately Yours series

“This book makes me want to throw on a pirate hat, hop on a skateboard, and roll down the sandy streets of Ocracoke hunting for treasure. Full of intrigue and packed with heart, The Dare Sisters is a delight!” – Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity

“An exciting adventure that's packed with mystery, action, and a whole lot of heart. Readers will root for the lovable Dare sisters as they search for treasure, defend their grandfather's legacy, and find connection and hope in the midst of grief.” – Laurie Morrison, author of Up for Air


“Rinker creates a world brimming with the exuberance of middle-grade tales….Readers will set sail for adventure.” – Kirkus