HiddenHidden by Helen Frost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Frost, Helen. Hidden. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. Print.

A young girl is accidentally kidnapped in a carjacking. After escaping the book flashes forward to a summer camp where the hidden girl meets the daughter of the man who kidnapped her.

This is one of those books that is always checked out, so when it came in the other day, I snagged it up to see what the fuss is about.

Students are enamored with this book because they can hear both sides of the story from the two narrators. The poetry format lends this high interest book an easy and quick readability. Students also enjoy the hidden message described by the author at the end of the book.

I enjoyed the unique plot line and quick pace of the book. However, I felt that the hidden poems did not actually give as much insight reader's would crave.

This is a good beginner books for teens interested in reading books by Ellen Hopkins. The intensity is not quite as prevalent and dramatic so the books are appropriate for middle grade readers. Conversely, high school students may find this book too "G" rated for their emotional needs.

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