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

by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator), Margaret Peterson Haddix (Author)

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Title:Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1)
Authors:Margaret Peterson Haddix
Other authors:Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator), Margaret Peterson Haddix (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2000), Edition: 1, Paperback, 153 pages
Collections:Fantasy, Published Before 2000, Novel
Rating:****
Tags:population police, third children, barons, farmers, solitary confinement, forest, over population, massacres, protests, chat rooms, bribery

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998)

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This is a very dark story of a child that is cared for in almost an abusive way. Families are only aloud to have two children. The main character is the third child. To keep him safe, his parents don't let him go outside. As the story progresses, he is only allowed in an uptstairs attic. When he discovers another third child like him, he learns a bit more about how messed up his world is and about the propaganda his government has been spreading. The first few chapters of this story were very sad. It was difficult to read about a kid in this type of situation. This is a very plot and character-driven story. In places where things are not moving along quickly, the reader hurts with the character. Many chapters are intense and action packed. The main character, Luke, is 12. The age of the character will makes the age range for hte book about 9-12. Content-wise, this might be too intense for some 9 year olds.
  foraclass | Mar 9, 2014 |
A fast, exciting read. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
First of a series. Liked it a lot.
  butterkidsmom | Jan 18, 2014 |
My fourth-grade son read this book at school, and he liked it so much that he bought a copy for me for Christmas. I was thrilled and picked it as the first of my Christmas present books to read. This book is the first in the Shadow Children series. It takes place in a dystopian future in which food shortages have led to the passage of a law that families may have only two children. If women become pregnant a third time, they are supposed to end the pregnancy, but Luke's mother refused to do that, and he has been raised as a shadow child, staying indoors and interacting only with his family so that the Population Police do not find out about him. But when he learns that another third child is living in the new development near his farm, he learns that much of what he has assumed about Shadow Children is inaccurate and his world changes drastically.

I enjoyed this book, and I'm glad that my son has book #2 of the series on his shelf (where I can borrow it). The writing is straightforward, probably geared for the middle grades (5-8?). Because of that, the gradual reveal of the situation that I loved in books like The Giver and The Handmaid's Tale is not there. Haddix lays out the peculiarities of the dystopian future early in the book. But there are several twists and turns that keep the story moving forward, and I'm sure that's why my son enjoyed this book. He also told me that he felt "all emotional inside" when he read it, and I have to agree with him. I especially felt for Luke and his mother as they tried to survive in a world where the odds had been stacked against them. All in all, a good read! ( )
  porch_reader | Dec 27, 2013 |
Luke is the third child in his family, the youngest of three brothers, which makes him illegal. Only two children are allowed in each family — additional children are usually prevented from being born or are killed. Luke's family lives on a farm, where isolation and a ready food supply have helped hide Luke. When his family is forced to sell part of their property to the government, a new neighborhood springs up behind their house. Luke meets another shadow child and they try to create a protest of all shadow children as well as trying to take the government down.
  kelseyo | Nov 27, 2013 |
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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."
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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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