Books by Helen Frost

SALT by Helen Frost
Released: July 9, 2013

"Sensitive and smart: a poetic vista for historical insight as well as cultural awareness. (Verse novel. 10-14)"
Frost explores the wide-ranging impact of wartime aggression through the intimate lens of two 12-year-old boys caught in the crossfire of the War of 1812. Read full book review >
STEP GENTLY OUT by Helen Frost
Released: March 13, 2012

"A dazzlingly poetic photo album of the insect world for tots on up. (Picture book. 2 & up)"
Breathtaking photos and an exquisite poem capture a bug's-eye view of nature. Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Helen Frost
FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"Both tender and insightful, this well-crafted, fast-paced tale should have wide teen appeal. (notes on form) (Poetry. 10-16)"
From the award-winning Frost comes a wildly imaginative, thought-provoking novel in verse that centers on the unlikely friendship that arises between two teenage girls as a result of an accidental kidnapping. Read full book review >
CROSSING STONES by Helen Frost
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2009

"Heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, this is one to savor. (notes on form) (Historical fiction/poetry. 12 & up)"
This gorgeous collection of "cupped-hand" sonnets tells the story of two families whose lives are forever changed by World War I. Perhaps the most poignant poems, flowing like rushing water across the pages, are those from 18-year-old Muriel's point of view. Read full book review >
DIAMOND WILLOW by Helen Frost
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 2008

"Flawed, but not fatally so. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Diamond Willow, a young Alaskan of Athabascan and European descent, doesn't have many friends; she's happiest when she's sledding her father's dogs and visiting her grandparents. Read full book review >
MONARCH AND MILKWEED by Helen Frost
ANIMALS
Released: March 4, 2008

"It's no easy feat to make something stationary that's as dynamic as a butterfly—these illustrations manage it handily. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
There are books aplenty on monarch butterflies, on their remarkable life cycle and even more remarkable transcontinental migration. Read full book review >
THE BRAID by Helen Frost
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 2006

"Readers will hold their breaths waiting to discover what happens to the sisters while their verbal reservoirs will be restocked with incredible imagery, rich vocabulary and powerful storytelling. (Historical fiction/poetry. 12-15)"
Telling of the struggle and adventures of two teenage sisters, one in Nova Scotia, the other on the Isle of Barra in the 1850s, this is also an adventure in language. Read full book review >
SPINNING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE by Helen Frost
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"The notes on how the form in each poem works are of particular value to teachers eager to guide students in their own poetry writing. (Fiction. 10+)"
"You have to really look at things," Naomi says, and that's what each fifth-grader does in this look at life from many points of view. Read full book review >
KEESHA’S HOUSE by Helen Frost
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 2, 2003

"Impressive. (Fiction. YA)"
Sestinas and sonnets carry the storyline in Frost's multi-voiced story of teens struggling to find their way in the world. Read full book review >