Elvis Ruby is a great musician, the most famous person in the world, and only eleven years old. When fame and fortune become too much, he has to hide out from the press to take a break. So his dad leaves him to stay with his Aunt Emily and cousin Millicent, who run a restaurant called the Pancake Palace in the small town of Wares Grove. Millicent cuts and dyes Elvis’ famous hair, and then he’s ready to become Aaron, the new assistant at the Pancake Palace.
Aaron quickly makes a place for himself at the restaurant. His musical talent allows him to know the kind of songs that will drive away slow customers, so he is able to convince bad-tipping kayakers and other annoying customers to leave as soon as they’re done eating.
Cecilia has lived in Wares Grove her entire life. Her parents have always told her that the pine trees sang to her when she was born. Unfortunately, her mom has stopped believing the trees ever sang, and Cecilia is trying to convince the trees to sing for her again.
One night when Cecilia walks into the woods, she hears Aaron talking to himself and learns his secret. Cecilia convinces Aaron to help her find the music in the woods, and the two of them gradually become friends.
But Aaron’s disguise starts to fall apart when he unintentionally reveals his musical talent to some of the town’s citizens, and Cecilia accidentally tells a friend about Aaron’s true identity.
Can Aaron stay incognito? Can Cecilia stop her friend from spreading the news further? Will they find the music in the woods?
Hiding out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino is shelved upstairs, in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.
If you enjoy Hiding out at the Pancake Palace, you may also enjoy A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd. Felicity and her family move to Midnight Gulch, a town that used to be full of magic that has now faded away. But Felicity brings her own brand of magic – an ability to see words around people and things. Her goals are to participate in the Stoneberry Duel, convince her mom they should stay in Midnight Gulch, and to return magic to the town. A Snicker of Magic is also shelved in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.