Award-winning poet Helen Frost received the Michael L. Printz Honor for her acclaimed debut novel, Keesha's House. Written in free verse, Hidden is a compelling tale about an unlikely friendship between two girls. Darra Monson and Wren Abbott first cross paths when Darra's deadbeat dad is arrested for theft and kidnapping after he steals a car- unaware that Wren was sitting in the back. Years later, the girls- now teens- attend the same summer camp, and are forced to confront the fateful event that changed their lives.
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by Helen Frost
"Six years after a harrowing experience changes the lives of two young girls, their paths cross at a summer camp. This gripping story, told from both their perspectives, carries listeners along their journeys of understanding and forgiveness. Performed by two narrators, vocal characterizations are good for both Wren (Sisi Aisha Johnson) and Darra (Maria Cabezas), but smaller characters are a bit stereotypical and, at times, inconsistent. Johnson's vocal portrayal fits her character's journey. Wren's voice aptly grows from that of an innocent and anxious 8-year-old into that of a mature and knowing 14-year-old. Cabezas's Darra is less consistent; a portrayal that may be meant to sound moody, confused, or sullen often sounds soft-spoken and limp, which does not fit the character. J.K.R. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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