discover your poetic possibilities
During a morning of thunderstorms, I sat down to read a few
pages of a novel by Printz Honor Book author, Helen Frost.
I didn’t put down Hidden (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011) until I had finished. In two distinct poetic voices, the
author explores the eternal themes of friendship, forgiveness, and family.
Darra and Wren meet in person for the first time at age fourteen, but their
story begins six years before that. As layers of emotion are peeled back and
strata of truth revealed, the girls (and reader) discover that we never really
know what it is like to be in someone else’s place. Middle grade, young adult,
and adults will all find a treasure here (and be sure to read “Diving Deeper:
Notes on Form” at the end). For more about Helen and her books, visit her site. Highly recommended.