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Monday, May 27, 2013

Book #47 Read in 2013
Hidden by Helen Frost (YA)

This is a young adult verse novel.  When she was eight, Wren was hiding in the backseat when her mother's car was carjacked.  The thief did not know that Wren was in the car when he took it.  When he gets home, Wren hides in the garage until she can escape safely.  The thief's young daughter knows Wren is in the garage and leaves out food and drink for her.  Her name is Darra.  Darra's father is arrested and sent to prison.  Years later, the two girls meet again at summer camp.  They keep their history secret from the other campers.  But eventually, the girls confront their shared past and discuss it.  Will they come out as friends?

This was a good, quick read.  The verse format is well done enough to create complex characters and an interesting plot.  This is a testament to Frost's writing talent.  Wren and Darra are interesting characters; they are both strong girls who are survivors.  I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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