Quotes from Reviews:
From VOYA--a "Perfect 10" Review (5Q, 5P)
Frost, Helen. Hidden. Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan, 2011. 160p. $16.99. 978-0374382216. VOYA June 2011. 5Q 5P J
A combination of poetry and prose tells the story of Wren, who, when eight years old, was accidentally kidnapped while she was in the back of her parent’s minivan at a gas station. “Frost is a master at letting each girl’s feelings unfold from when they were eight and when they meet again.” “Teen readers will be intrigued by the kidnapping that opens the story, which is told at a fast pace through straightforward poems.”
HIDDEN by Helen Frost. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May, 2011, $16.99, 9780374382216)
Beginning with a horrific story of an accidental kidnapping, this poetic novel is impossible to put down. Two eight year olds experience the event from totally different perspectives and are left with unanswered questions, anger, and fear. Years later, the girls meet and have a chance to finally face their feelings about what really happened. Frost in her notes at the end explains yet another way to read the story in her intricately constructed poems. Like finding a hidden picture within a picture, the second reading tells yet another point of view. A masterpiece!
Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
From KIRKUS, Starred review, April 1, 2011:
Frost's tale exhibits her trademark character development that probes the complexities of intimate relationships. ...
Both tender and insightful, this well-crafted, fast-paced tale should have wide teen appeal. (notes on form) (Poetry. 10-16)
....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.— Heather Boot
from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
FROST, Helen. Hidden. 160p. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. 2011. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-38221-6.
... This original blend of crime tale, psychological study, and friendship story is a page-turner that kids will love...Wren’s captivity in the garage is truly suspenseful, and the various interactions of the kids at the sleepover camp are a study in shifting alliances. The book also touches on some deeper issues, like how you can love a parent who is sometimes abusive, and how sensitive kids can blame themselves for things that aren’t really their fault. Smoothly written, this novel carries a message of healing and hope.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL