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Hidden by Helen Frost
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May 16, 12

bookshelves: realism, ya-lit
Read in April, 2012

BOOK TALK: Wren Abbott is 8 years old and laying down in the back of her mom's car while her mom runs in to the gas station. Suddenly there's the sound of a gunshot and a strange man jumps in the car and drives very fast and very far. He hasn't seen Wren, who is still in the back seat, hiding and barely daring to breathe when the man parks the car in a dark garage and locks the garage door behind him.
Darra is the car thief's daughter and the only one to guess that the missing girl from the news is hidden in the garage. Forthree days she leaves food out for Wren and plans a way to sneak her out without anyone knowing. But then Wren is gone - escaped - and the cops show up at the house, and Darra's dad goes to prison.
Wren and Darra are now 14 years old and they have never met, never spoken, but when by chance they're both assigned to Cabin 8 at Camp Oakwood, they know each other immediately. To Wren, Darra is a reminder of her abduction, a phantom reaching out from the past. To Darra, Wren is a snitch, the reason her life is ruined and her family in pieces.
Neither girl is talking, but when a swimming game gets out of hand and one of them nearly drowns, they are forced to confront each other and talk about what happened in Darra's garage, six years ago.
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