Twelve-year-old Maisie and her best friend Cyrus love going to classic old movies and also making their own films with the video camera Maisie got from her beloved Uncle Walt. Walt is an actor in Los Angeles, although a recent on-set accident has him recuperating with Maisie’s family in the small Illinois town where he grew up. When Gary Hackett, a boy Maisie doesn’t know well, begins trying to insert himself into her friendship with Cyrus, Maisie doesn’t understand it. And when she begins to understand it, she’s more confused than ever. What she knows for sure is that she can’t let him come between her and Cyrus.
“Distinctive characterization is a significant strength here, and Maisie’s response to Cyrus’s coming-out is all her own. . . . Tweens who are wondering what their family relationships, and their romantic relationships, will look like as they grow up should find plenty to think about in this honest novel.” — The Horn Book
“Wittlinger packs this sensitive coming-of-age story with movie references and trivia, but even readers less cinema obsessed than Maisie will sympathize with her conflicting desires to grow up and stay young forever. Her loyalty to Cy is especially moving, as is Wittlinger’s portrait of dementia’s impact.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“As Maisie shares her feelings about getting attention from a boy for the first time, and as Cy recognizes that he’s gay, we see these issues addressed in an innocent, effective, and genuine manner. Middle grade readers will be fortunate to run across this book. . . . Saturdays with Hitchcock is a beautiful coming-of-age story. — Richie’s Picks
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2018 Honor Book
Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017