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  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374382212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374382216
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Many teen readers will identify with Wren and Darra and how events that happened to us when we were younger help shape the person we become." —VOYA
"Beginning with a horrific story of an accidental kidnapping, this poetic novel is impossible to put down....A masterpiece!"  --Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore

“Like Frost’s Printz Honor Book, Keesha’s House (2003), this novel in verse stands out through its deliberate use of form to illuminate emotions and cleverly hide secrets in the text.” —Booklist

About the Author

Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, The Braid, and Keesha’s House, selected an Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz Award. Helen Frost was born in Brookings, South Dakota, the fifth of ten children. She recalls the summer her family moved from South Dakota to Oregon, traveling in a big trailer and camping in places like the Badlands and Yellowstone. Her father told the family stories before they went to sleep, and Helen would dream about their travels, her family, and their old house. “That’s how I became a writer,” she says. “I didn’t know it at the time, but all those things were accumulating somewhere inside me.”
As a child, she loved to travel, think, swim, sing, learn, canoe, write, argue, sew, play the piano, play softball, play with dolls, daydream, read, go fishing, and climb trees. Now, when she sits down to write, her own experiences become the details of her stories. Helen has lived in South Dakota, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Scotland, Colorado, Alaska, California, and Indiana. She currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her family.

More About the Author

Helen Frost was born in Brookings, South Dakota, and grew up in a family of ten children. She taught elementary school in Vermont, Scotland, and Alaska before becoming a full-time writer. Her novels, poetry, and picture books have won numerous honors and awards, including a Michael L. Printz honor for "Keesha's House." She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where her yard is a "Monarch Waystation" with hundreds of milkweed plants and nectar flowers that she has planted especially for monarch butterflies.

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Considering the format, the story makes for a very fast read.
E. R. Bird
They will love this book and not realize until too late that they've been asked to go deeper, really think, and maybe change.
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She finished this book in 2 days.... while I sat and listened.... Great story line.... kept her interested and engaged!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If poems had been introduced to me as a child as puzzles, maybe I would have taken to them a little more. A poem is a kind of puzzle, isn't it? Depending on the kind of poem you have to make the syllables and words conform to a preexisting format. Unless it's free verse, of course. Then all bets are off. That's what you do when you're writing a poem, but can reading one be an act of puzzle-solving as well? Earlier this year I reviewed Bob Raczka's "Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word" which required the reader's eyes to leap around the page, piecing together the words. "Hidden" by Helen Frost requires relatively less work to read, but the reader willing to seek out the messages hidden (ho ho) in some of the poems will be amply rewarded. The result is that "Hidden" manages to be both a book of poetry and a wholly original story of two girls bound together by a singular, accidental crime.

When you go to a new summer camp you usually have to deal with not knowing anyone. That's not Darra's problem though. Her problem is that she does know someone and, worse, that person knows her too. Years and years ago Darra's father accidentally kidnapped a young girl by the name of Wren Abbot. He didn't mean to, of course. He was carjacking, unaware that Wren was hidden in the back of the car, frightened out of her mind. Years later Darra, who once helped Wren, runs into the girl that, she is convinced, led the cops back to her home and got her dad arrested.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Agnes on June 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hidden takes on a very interesting concept. A young girl named Wren is inadvertently kidnapped when a man robs a store and escapes in the car she's in. He ends up parking the stolen vehicle in his garage, and his garage is where Wren hides until she can get away. While there, she hears his wife and young daughter, and in this way, a strange relationship is born. Darra, daughter of the man who robbed the store and stole the vehicle, thinks the girl everyone is searching for on the news is hiding in the garage...Years later, once all these events have passed and the repercussions of the man's actions come into play, these two girls meet again at a summer camp.

While reading this book, I couldn't help but think of the meeting between twin sisters in The Parent Trap, but all jokes and inconsequential correlations aside, let's get down to business. As already stated, this book has an interesting concept. I just found the execution rather disappointing. First off, the relationship between these two girls is really complicated. While this is touched upon, the book doesn't adequately convey the power and gravity of the situation. Likewise, the author seems to feel that the reasoning behind writing the book the way she chose had to be explained, as she includes a small section entitled, Diving Deeper: Notes on Form. I thought this was completely unnecessary.

The writing didn't draw me in, and I was not a fan of Wren's sections, which are written in free verse and feel choppy - clearly, her sections are written as intended, but I felt no connection. It also seemed that this was a rather superficial take on a deep, complicated matter. The change in the girl's relationship feels artificial.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Livie444 on October 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Out of all the books I have ever read in my whole life this is my favorite. Its life changing! Once the books in your hands there's no way to put it down. I've read many books published in 2011 so I can see who I think will win the newbery award and by far this one wins my vote!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on May 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved the premise of the book when I read about it online. When I received a copy for review I was thrilled. The story is told in poetry and alternating points of view. You have Wren's story about being inadvertently kidnapped by Darra's father. Then you have Darra's story. It is obvious that they blame each other for what they perceive to be the truth. It isn't until they end up at the same camp that they learn each other's stories. At first they try to ignore each other. When they are finally put in a situation where they must face each other, then the healing can begin. I kept thinking how I would feel if I was each of them. They each were right in their feelings if you look at their situation through their eyes. The one thing I really loved about this book was the author's note that told you about a special form. If you read the author's note she tells you how to go back into Darra's story and read it a special way to get a hidden story. This was simple, yet suspenseful. This is a book that didn't even make it to my school shelves before it was checked out. An excellent book to recommend to everyone, especially to reluctant readers. They see the short lines and think they can read it. Once they get into the story they are hooked.
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