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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,218 ratings  ·  873 reviews
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. They
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Square Fish (first published May 10th 2011)
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Whitney Atkinson
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-verse, unhauled
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 ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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
Daniella (Reading With Daniella)
Click here to see this review and others on my blog Reading With Daniella

3.5 of 5 stars

This was a super quick and easy read, but it was completely unlike anything that I've ever read before.
I believe that this was the first poetry book that I've read before, and I really, really enjoyed the writing style! It was told in alternating points of view, with each of the girls having a different type of poetry. I particularly enjoyed Darra's poetry style which included an additional story hidden in the
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
15 May 2011 HIDDEN by Helen Frost, Frances Foster Books/FSG, May 2011, 160p., ISBN: 978-0-374-38221-6


What do you do when all of a sudden your dad is gone and the
rest of your life is nothing
like it was before. We had plans
to go back to the lake -- we'd be going back every summer!
Dad and Mom had already saved up almost
all the vacation and money they needed.
And then, whoosh! First Dad lost his job, and 'started a business' -- I
pictured him fixing cars for people,
with his business partner
Stacy Lynn
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a very deep book talking about two girls who met after a kidnapping. I normally don't enjoy reading fast-paced books, but this is one I enjoy reading.
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
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, own
This book was super short especially because it was written in verse, but it was an interesting story about two girls and how they were affected by a kidnapping.

Overall it was ok, I think I would have liked it more if it was a longer story but the beginning of this book was so good, at one point I was so anxious to see what was gonna happen
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 ...more
Sandra Stiles
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 ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lesly Duran
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, ya
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 ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden by Helen Frost, published in 2011, is a work of realistic fiction told from two separate first person perspectives, two girls, one named Darra and one named Wren. When Wren and Darra were eight years old, Darra’s dad, West, steals a minivan. What he doesn't know is that there is a small innocent child in the back, Wren. After so many years, the topic is mostly forgotten until both girls end up going to the same summer camp. Darra is the quiet new kid at first while Wren is the outgoing “ ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So creative. I love the hidden poetry in Darra's sections.
Lovely Day
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own

Don’t read the summary on the back of the book.... 🤷🏼‍♀️

I didn’t read the back and found the beginning so very interesting I wondered if this would be my first 5⭐️ read of 2020. But then the story shifts.
I don’t really want to say anything about this book because it is so short and even the little I have already said could be spoiler-y....

I will simply tell you how the story starts (as in the first pages) and let you read the rest of the book if you are so inclined.

A man steals a c
Erika Ramirez
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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
Ashley Mae
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To see this review and more, head to the Lost in Pages blog!

"None of this was our fault."

Hidden is one of the hundreds of books I have randomly put in my cart when BookOutlet was having a massive sale. It looked interesting and it was probably less than 2 dollars.

It's also one of those books I picked up off my shelf (back in 2016) as a palette cleanser, something to get me out of my post-ACOMAF funk.

I must say, Hidden was probably one of my better cheap and random choices. It's short, taking j
Sep 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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 broken
up sentences
which turns out to be for no reason
other than that the author wanted to hide
in the words at the end of the longe
Shea Swiecionis
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-in-verse
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 on ...more
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 ...more
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 the...girl...getting stolen...part), 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 real ...more
Kells Next Read
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 ...more
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.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book really grabs the audience could get a little confusing so pay attention I promise it's great!!!
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Helen Frost is the author of six novels-in-poems and two picture books for children and young adults. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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