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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Helen Frost

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. 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.

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

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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