Monday, June 25, 2012
Darra Monson's father is the man who stole that minivan.
As eight year old girls, these two met without meeting in an experience that would change both of them forever.
Now it is six years later, and each girl has her own memory and interpretation of that time together. Wren is headed off to summer camp like she does every year, but as she is reconnecting with old friends, she hears a voice, sees a face from the past that paralyzes her with an old long buried anxiety.
Darra doesn't want to go to some summer camp for rich kids with perfect lives. She feels there stares and hears their whispers as she and her mom pull up in their rusted out car. Then she sees someone she never thought she'd see again. Wren looks the same, older, but the same.
Now these two girls are caught up in a web of emotions and secrets that may not allow them to see the truth about who they are now or about what happened all those year's ago.
Helen Frost's new novel is written in verse, so it is a quick but intense read. Be sure to read the author's note at the end, so you can go back into the story for something extra!