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Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including Hidden, Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, and Keesha’s House, selected an Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz Award. 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.
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor, Lion & Unicorn Award-Exc. NA Poet Honor, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A , Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List