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Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1) (original 1998; edition 2000)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator)

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Title:Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1)
Authors:Margaret Peterson Haddix
Other authors:Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2000), Edition: 1, Paperback, 153 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998)

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N. liked it and said 'yes Mom you should read it & I'm glad I did but I doubt either of us will read the rest.' He's absolutely right. Good exploration of an important theme - but I'm not sure I want to keep on going with it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Among the Hidden is about a boy named Luke who has to be in constant hiding from the population police because he is a third child which is against the rules. Luke struggles with hiding away especially when a new housing development is built next door. Now Luke is put under even stricter rules where he is not allowed to go outside or be near any open window. After a while Luke begins to notice what he believes is another third child next door. He sneaks out in order to see her and finds out that she has been in contact with many other third children and that they are not the only ones. The girl encourages Luke to attend a rally in which we later find out he was wise not to attend. This book is a science fiction novel.
  Jcadd13 | Apr 14, 2015 |
Realistic fiction,Population police have a law that only allows families to have 2 kids and no more. Luke happen to be the 3rd child born in the family and has had to spend his whole life hiding in the house due to fear of being seen. If the population police find out about Luke they would take him away and possibly kill him like all the other 3rd children they have found. Luke gets new neighbors and soon discovers that there is another 3rd child living there. He sneaks over to her house and they soon become friends and they start talking about starting a rally with all the other 3rd children to over throw the rule. ( )
  Rsantoyo13 | Feb 24, 2015 |
It was alright. Sad and scary. Perhaps the series improves later.
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
Luke has never been to school, much less even ventured outside where his neighbours could see. Luke is a shadow child, an illegal third child in a world where families are only allowed two children. However, when he breaks the rules and meets another shadow child, they decide fight back. An engaging and fast-paced read that looks at what the consequences of regulating families and controlling population could be. I was shocked at the lengths the authorities will go to to stamp out third children in this novel. A book recommended for grade 6-7 readers. A YALSA Best Book for YA top ten. ( )
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He saw the first tree shudder and fall, far off in the distance. Then he heard his mother call out the kitchen window: "Luke! Inside. Now."
I know you're scared- who isn't? But this is important. Do you want to hide all your life, or do you want to change history?
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Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

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In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

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