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.
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"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 (2003), this novel in verse stands out through its deliberate use of form to illuminate emotions and cleverly hide secrets in the text." - Booklist
"Starred Review. Frost's tale exhibits her trademark character development that probes the complexities of intimate relationships. ... Both tender and insightful, this well-crafted, fast-paced tale should have wide teen appeal. Poetry. 10-16." - Kirkus
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Helen Frost is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults including: Keesha's House, a Printz honor book, Diamond Willow, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award, The Braid and Crossing Stones. She is the recipient of a 2009-2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
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