Hidden When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old Darra s father steals a minivan He doesn t know that Wren is hiding in the back The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls Dar

  • Title: Hidden
  • Author: Helen Frost
  • ISBN: 9781250056849
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra s father steals a minivan He doesn t know that Wren is hiding in the back The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer Wren has questions, too.Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time TheyWhen Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra s father steals a minivan He doesn t know that Wren is hiding in the back The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer Wren has questions, too.Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time They can finally learn the truth that is, if they re willing to reveal to each other the stories that they ve hidden for so long Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel in poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.

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    1. This book started out great then went downhill. It's a book about an accidental kidnapping, and the book begins with that. Those 30-ish pages were great, very atmospheric, very beautiful writing, but then there reached a point. I don't know what it is about kidnapping stories, but I always go into it expecting a full novel of suspense and tragedy, but then they escape or the issue gets resolved only half-way through the story, and then I end up being bored for the rest of the book when everythin [...]

    2. Cramathon book #6: complete!More like 3.5. This was really touching and sweet. Definitely snuck up on me. Also shout out to the Cramathon ladies for making the "read a book in verse" challenge bc I'm like 99% sure I never would have read this otherwise. Haaaaaaa

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 3 Stars.Short and sweet. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was a quick easy read and the story was really interesting. I liked the characters and the pace. the only thing I would say is that I wish it would have dug a little deeper & expanded more.

    5. 15 May 2011 HIDDEN by Helen Frost, Frances Foster Books/FSG, May 2011, 160p ISBN: 978-0-374-38221-6"Whoosh!What do you do when all of a sudden your dad is gone and the rest of your life is nothinglike it was before. We had plansto go back to the lake -- we'd be going back every summer!Dad and Mom had already saved up almostall the vacation and money they needed.And then, whoosh! First Dad lost his job, and 'started a business' -- Ipictured him fixing cars for people,with his business partner, na [...]

    6. Very likely this author's books are just never going to connect with me. I didn't loathe it the way I loathed Diamond Willow, but I didn't think it was very good. It seems to me a bad sign when you have to explain the new poetic form in the back of the book in order for readers to see what it is you're trying to do--god help me, this concept worked better in Diamond Willow--but after I went back to read the secret messages, I didn't think they added to the story anyway.I think it's great that th [...]

    7. This book is on my Newbery short list! The premise is believeable and riviting. Wren and Darra alternate telling their stories. The beginning is a flashback where Wren sets up the crime. When she was 8 years old, her mother ran into a convenience store and left Wren in the car with the keys so that she could play the radio. She hears one gun shot and, frightened, hides under a blanket in the rear of the car. A man, reeking of cigarette smoke, jumps into the car and drives off, unaware that Wren [...]

    8. 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 finall [...]

    9. I've read several of Helen Frost's novels in verse. I think this is her most recent. The story is quite different from anything else I've read by her. The two girls who narrate are brought together in a very unusual way, when Wren is accidentally kidnapped by Darra's father. (He steals the car without realizing she's in it.) Wren's experience obviously changes her life, and Darra's is changed by knowing what she went through and because her father is arrested afterwards. Years later, the two mee [...]

    10. The premise of this book should hook kids right from the start: When one girl is accidentally abducted when her mother's car is stolen, the daughter of the car thief, a child the same age, quietly helps her by bringing her food while she's hiding in the family's garage. Years later, those same girls meet at summer camp, recognize one another, and come face to face (literally) with the past that connects them. Written in verse, with two unique voices and an unusual format twist, this is a quick r [...]

    11. Have you ever had a huge trauma in your life where you can't get over it no matter how hard you try? Well this happened to the main characters in this book Wren Abbott when she got accidently kidnapped and Darra Monson when her dad goes to jail. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because what happened to Wren and Darra could happen to anyone else in real life. Overall I really liked the story because it was an interesting story and relatable to some people. This story had two very impor [...]

    12. I really loved this YA novel about a young girl (Wren,8 years old) who is mistakenly "kidnapped" when the car she is in is carjacked by an out-of-work father. She stays hidden in the family's garage where she is helped by the man's daughter, Darra, who is about the same age. After 2 days she is able to escape and Darra's father is sent to jail. Years later the 2 girls are attending the same summer camp. There was so much that I loved about this book. First of all, it is written in verse from alt [...]

    13. ***Spoiler Alert***Have you ever read a book where you feel like your inside that book? That you feel like your going through what the characters are going through?, well if not they you should totally read "Hidden". The genre of the book is realistic fiction because what happened to Wren could actually happen to anyone in this world . I think this book is really interesting and mysterious because you are wondering what might happen to Wren next, also this book makes you feel like your the one t [...]

    14. I absolutely enjoyed this book. I love the content due to it at the end of Darra who is a girl who has always noticed Wren has her passages with meaning. Wren who all of a sudden hears a gunshot from the gas station store that her mom is in. She has a lot of questions and is she alive?, sure is one of them. Wren then claims she is getting kidnapped by these guys and one of them is Darra's dad who never treats his family right. She goes through the troubles of having to survive a couple of nights [...]

    15. teen fiction (in verse); unintentional kidnapping trauma + new girl at summer camp hoping that no one finds out her dad is in prison for said kidnapping. Told in the voices of the kidnapped girl (Wren) and the girl whose dad kidnapped her (Darra). Each voice has its own form of poetic verse; it's not terrible poetry but Darra's voice just looks like randomly brokenup sentenceswhich turns out to be for no reasonother than that the author wanted to hidesentencesin the words at the end of the longe [...]

    16. ***SPOIL ALERT***Two girls question what happen in a few days when one of them were kidnapped. Through out this book everything is a mystery Wren and Darra are questioning everything that had happen in those three day for years until they finally meet up at a summer camp.The story starts when Darra's dad steals Wrens mothers mini van and he takes the car home with wren inside of it but he is clueless she is inside the vehicle. When Darra's dad locks the stolen car in the garage he locks all the [...]

    17. You are 8 years old, waiting in the car while your mom is inside at the gas station. You suddenly hear a gun shot, the car door opens, and a voice yells for the car to turn on. But its a deep, angry voice. It definitely does not belong to your mom. You hide in the backseat, and the stranger drives away to what must be their house, unaware that you are hiding in the backseat. Finally, the stranger goes inside of the house and you are left alone, trapped in the garage. That night, there's only one [...]

    18. This book really pulled me in from the beginning. Eight year old Wren is running errands with her mother. Her mother goes into the store just for a minute while Wren waits in the van. Then a strange man gets into the van and takes off. Wren hides and eventually finds herself parked in this strange man's garage. For two days she hides in the garage til she finds a way out. One person does realize she is there. The strange man has an 8 yr. old daughter. They never speak or meet face to face but th [...]

    19. I expected to really like this book, and it didn't disappoint. It might be one of my two favorites of Helen Frost's now (and I like them all). I loved how each girl had a different form for her story so it was really easy to determine which narrator was which. I also loved the format that the author developed just for Darra's parts. So very cool! The story itself was engaging, and I felt connected to the characters. I also have to say that there was a surprise for me about 2/3 of the way through [...]

    20. Eureka!!! This is a gem. I throughly enjoyed it and fell in love with all the characters in the story. I love how the author alternates telling the story from both Darra's and Wren point of view. It's thought provoking, gripping and powerful. It all stems from an accidental kidnapping that happen when Darra and Wren were eight. An "unintentional incident" told by different parties can morph a life of it's own. The only way to get the whole picture is to marry the both views thus revealing the tr [...]

    21. This book is super-unique, and I always have to love an author who is doing something completely new. It felt like an odd combination of The Parent Trap (because of the surprise-meeting-at-camp aspect)and Girl, Stolen ('cause of therl stolenrt), all wrapped together in a poetical package. I really liked the little surprise of the end of the lines telling their own story. Ultimately, I think I'll remember this book more for the style than the substance, but I'd give it to realistic fiction fans w [...]

    22. This was an easy fast read, in part because it is written in short sentences (sort of poem like) but the point is well made. Two girls, one stolen, one the child of the guy who stole her. They meet years later at summer camp. It is mixed feelings, blame and then understanding that blooms the friendship.

    23. 3.5 stars. I loved this book more than I thought I would. Come on guys look at the cover it is beautiful. Just as beautiful as the story was.

    24. Awesome book really grabs the audience could get a little confusing so pay attention I promise it's great!!!

    25. This book was really good I loved the way it was written in the form of a poem for most of it but I didn't like the ending I felt it left on a cliffhanger and I just want to read more.

    26. 3.5 starsThe craft of this novel is what sets it apart. I actually read it twice after reading Frost's notes in the back about her process and the hidden messages inside the poems!What drug it down a bit for me was the pacing. It started at such a rapid-fire tempo and it's understandable, knowing this is when the crime takes place. However, I just could shake the almost annoying, sluggish feeling the rest of the book, even though the characters and messages were still enjoyable. A great book for [...]

    27. Summary: 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.Book is written in free verse for Wren’s perspective and in a form of poetry invented for the book for Darra’s perspective. From the author’s note: Diving Deeper: Notes on Form: “The last words of the long lines, when read down the right side of the page, give further insight into [...]

    28. Hidden a great book! It keeps you reading and waiting to know what happens next. The ending is perfect because it tells you what happens but also leaves a little to your own imagination. Personally, I also loved to go back and look at the hidden sentences in Darra's parts of the book as well. As a future teacher, I might let upper elementary read this because it shows the power of friendship, and that's a time in life where friends are becoming very important. I also think this is a good story t [...]

    29. "Im dangling my feet off the dock while Darra acts like an eight-year oldd it happens againI feel likeIm eight years old(e warm care gunshote bumpy, dusty car ridee dark garage) The genre is mystery. I like this book because I think it is interesting and I like the theme of the story.The setting is Darra's garage, Camp Oakwood and in the daytime. Darra's dad steals a car and Wren Abbott is in it. Darra's dad goes to their house and parks their car in the garage. Wren gets out of the car and goes [...]

    30. Poetry sure has changed over the years. To express the words spilling out from their hearts, authors do not have to fill in the paragraphs but they are allowed to follow their own rhythm, to create a music masterpiece on the page. To form a dance with the words on a blank script, an illusion for all to read and notice. For some readers, they feel the magnitude of the words, they understand the power and the drama these words provide and for others, these words offer confusion. The confusion lies [...]

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