Where Is the Truth Hidden?
When Wren Abbott was eight years old, a robbery went bad and she huddled in the back of her mom’s stolen minivan, pretending not to breathe. How exactly did she escape? That’s what Darra Monson has always wondered. She was the only person who knew Wren was there and tried to help her and what did Darra get in return? Her life turned upside down and her family torn apart when her dad was carted off to prison. They have never met, but Wren’s and Darra’s shared experiences have profoundly shaped each other’s lives. Suddenly, the girls come face to face at an idyllic lake camp the summer they are fourteen. Will they be able to put aside their shock, fear and resentment long enough to find out what really happened six years ago? Hidden truths are revealed in the poetic narratives and even the very poetic forms Frost chose for this exquisite little book—I promise you won’t be able to put it down!
Other fantastic poetic teen novels you can read in one sitting include: Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff and Keesha’s House by Helen Frost. Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog is a great introduction to the poetic novel for the late elementary/early middle school crowd.