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Helen Frost

Helen Frost

Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including Hidden, Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, The Braid, and Keesha’s House, selected an Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz Award. Helen Frost was born in 1949 in South Dakota, the fifth of ten children. She recalls the summer her family moved from South Dakota to Oregon, traveling in a big trailer and camping in places like the Badlands and Yellowstone. Her father told the family stories before they went to sleep, and Helen would dream about their travels, her family, and their old house. “That’s how I became a writer,” she says. “I didn’t know it at the time, but all those things were accumulating somewhere inside me.” As a child, she loved to travel, think, swim, sing, learn, canoe, write, argue, sew, play the piano, play softball, play with dolls, daydream, read, go fishing, and climb trees. Now, when she sits down to write, her own experiences become the details of her stories. Helen has lived in South Dakota, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Scotland, Colorado, Alaska, California, and Indiana. She currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her family.

When My Sister Started Kissing

Helen Frost
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

From Printz Honor author Helen Frost, a middle grade novel in verse about the summer everything changes for two sisters.

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Salt

Helen Frost
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Anikwa and James, twelve years old in 1812, spend their days fishing, trapping, and exploring together in the forests of the Indiana Territory. To Anikwa and his family, members of the Miami tribe,...

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Salt

Helen Frost
Square Fish
Square Fish

Anikwa and James, twelve years old in 1812, spend their days fishing, trapping, and exploring together in the forests of the Indiana Territory. To Anikwa and his family, members of the Miami tribe,...

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Hidden

Helen Frost
Square Fish
Square Fish

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....

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Room 214: A Year in Poems

Helen Frost
Square Fish
Square Fish

Engrossing tales from the fifth grade

Every child is like
A little world with ever-changing weather,
Nights and mornings. And somehow, here we are,

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Keesha's House

Helen Frost
Square Fish
Square Fish

An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems

Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can't make it on their...

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Hidden

Helen Frost
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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....

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Diamond Willow

Helen Frost
Square Fish
Square Fish

Using diamond-shaped poems, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family.

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Crossing Stones

Helen Frost
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Maybe you won't rock a cradle, Muriel.
Some women seem to prefer to rock the boat.

Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple...

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The Braid

Helen Frost
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Two sisters, Jeannie and Sarah, tell their separate yet tightly interwoven stories in alternating narrative poems. Each sister – Jeannie, who leaves Scotland during the Highland Clearances with...

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