Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Helen Frost

Square Fish


Trade Paperback

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 can finally learn the truth—that is, if they're willing to reveal to each other the stories that they've hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.

Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award, Virginia Readers' Choice, MO MASL's Readers Awards - MASTER LIST, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, IRA Teachers' Choices, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Kansas William Allen White Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, New York Charlotte Award Master List, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, ALA Notable Children's Books, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, IN Eugene & Marilyn Glick IN Authors


Praise for Hidden

“Many teen readers will identify with Wren and Darra and how events that happened to us when we were younger help shape the person we become.” —VOYA

“Beginning with a horrific story of an accidental kidnapping, this poetic novel is impossible to put down. . . . A masterpiece!” —Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore

“Like Frost's Printz Honor Book, Keesha's House, this novel in verse stands out through its deliberate use of form to illuminate emotions and cleverly hide secrets in the text.” —Booklist

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of HIDDEN . From the award-winning Frost comes a wildly imaginative, thought-provoking novel in verse that centers on the unlikely friendship that arises between two teenage girls as a result of an accidental kidnapping. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Helen Frost

Helen Frost is the author of several books for young readers, including Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, The Braid, and Keesha's House, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Helen Frost was born in Brookings, 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.

Helen Frost

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