Frost, Helen

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374382212
Branch Call Number: y FROST 2011
Characteristics: 147 p. ;,24 cm


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When 14-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

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Dec 28, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When she was eight years old ,Wren Abbott was accidently kidnapped by Dara's father. A few years later, Dara and Wren end up at the same summer camp and have to learn how live with and forgive one another for a summer. A William Allan White Award winner, Hidden is a great short read for kids who like stories about friendship and summer camp life.

Nov 22, 2014

I chose this book randomly off the shelf, and it was an interesting read! The poetic form made it quick to read, and, though I think it limited some of the development, I also think it added to the fragmented life stories of the two main characters.

Apr 20, 2014
  • jayheel329 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very quick read. I liked it, esp. seeing the perspective of the character Darra, who loves her abusive dad.

Oct 09, 2013
  • bethowitz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Because of the free verse, this is a VERY quick read. The author does a great job of presenting a believable possibility.

Jul 21, 2013
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Make sure that you read the small section after the story ends called "Diving Deeper: Notes on Form" it illuminates a secret that will make this story even greater.

May 20, 2013
  • SAMANTHALEI rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

um, I don know what to say. I think this book is kind of bad, I don't really like it. it's not my type..............heh

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I often find myself delightfully surprised by the power of novels written in verse, because they tell more story and pack more punch than I would expect from something so slight using such few words. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. This one, instead, left me wishing the story had been told in full prose to more fully capture the depth of the drama the characters were experiencing. This one did indeed feel too slight, as though we're just getting impressions of what the characters are going through and feeling instead of the full weight of those powerful experiences.
Though I think it does say something positive that I wanted more, that I enjoyed what was there. This is a very accessible way of presenting a very interesting story, one that I think many readers will dive right into and devour. The alternating perspectives are definitely an intriguing strength, as well.
The short, first part of the story occurs when both characters are eight. Wren is waiting in the car while her mom quickly runs into a convenience store when she hears gunshots. She hides under a blanket. Before she knows what's going on, a strange man has stolen the car and driven it to his garage. She's trapped, afraid that if she makes herself known the man will kill her. The man is Darra's father, and she finds Wren and tries just a bit to help without telling her dad, but not enough to help Wren escape. Eventually she gets out on her own and the man is arrested.
The longer second half takes place six years later, when the girls are fourteen and bump into each other at a summer camp. Suddenly they have to face the trauma and blame they've been keeping hidden. They each have to decide if they want to give the other a fair listen and work toward some kind of healing or if they want to hold onto anger and lash out at each other.

May 05, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kids get assignments in school to read books that contain “more than 100 pages” for class all the time. Reluctant readers hate this and the older the kid the harder it is for them to find something that fits. For them, verse novels have become kind of a godsend. Here you have all the plot and character development a teacher could require, but with words that don’t intimidate someone unaccustomed to Harry Potter-sized tomes. Of the verse novelists, Frost is one of the best because she never forgets that books of this sort are poetry, first and foremost. So for something original and smart, fun and harrowing all at once, Hidden delivers. It’s verse done right.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • violet_hamster_132 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

violet_hamster_132 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 12

May 05, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Mar 09, 2012
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May 05, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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. Now they have no idea how to act around one another, and in the midst of the usual tween summer camp dramas they need to return to the past to clarify what happened and to figure out if they both can recover from the experience.


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