Hidden

Hidden

Paperback - 2015
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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 : Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First Square Fish edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781250056849
1250056845
Characteristics: 146 pages ; 20 cm

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BUNBUN1978
Jul 02, 2015

good short novel about the aftermath of a kidnapping. When Wren was 8 year old she was accidently kidnapped by Darra's father. He stole a car and did not know Wren was in the back seat. Now 7 years later the two girls meet up at a summer camp. Darra blames Wren for getting her dad arrested and Wren has to relive what happened to her all those years ago. the was a pretty good book.

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clouddragonfist
May 12, 2015

good book

LPL_RachaelH Dec 28, 2014

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.

JCLMichelleJH 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.

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jayheel329
Apr 20, 2014

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

JCLChristiH Jul 21, 2013

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.

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SAMANTHALEI
May 20, 2013

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

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 05, 2012

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 05, 2012

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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