HIDDEN by Helen Frost
TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Hidden words, lost girl.
Carjacking, kidnapping – oops!
Happy ending – yay!
YA/Middle Grade fiction
Two points of view in alternating chapters – two main characters – two girls – two sides to the same story – two poetic styles (free verse for Wren (the kidnapped girl) and an original Frost form developed just for this verse novel for Darra (the daughter of the carjacker))
Original Frost poetic form = narrative, dense, specific in terms of line endings — each line ends with a specific word that going back and read along, one last word at a time, add up to an important sub-story/third point of view/third character
Because of the Frost form, this verse novel is also a Puzzle book
Serious themes of carjacking and kidnapping treated with care through the spare verse format
Emotion and crime subjects treated truthfully but not melodramatically