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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
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 (Author) (1998)

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The language and plot are very basic, but I was drawn in to the story enough to want to read the next book in the series. Luke is a a "third child" in his family, a situation that is illegal in his world as families are only allowed two offspring. He has outdoor freedom in the woods behind his home until the trees are cleared to build new homes. Then he must spend most of his time indoors. He eventually realizes another third child is living in one of the new homes, and he boldly makes contact and befriends the girl, Jen. Jen has a computer and greater knowledge of the outside world that lures Luke. ( )
  SueStolp | Apr 30, 2016 |
This would be a good book to use for older elementary grades, 3-5. It has some weird concepts students must understand about a society where parents are only allowed to have 2 children, so presenting this to an older grade would be best because then the concepts are easier to understand and interpret. This would be a great read aloud to make sure kids understand what is going on, and can ask questions if they are confused. After read alouds students can take time to reflect on reading in a journal or in a peer group for higher thinking and a better understanding of the text. ( )
  aeuin01 | Apr 21, 2016 |
This whole series was amazing! I remember reading the first one and thinking "I know exactly how the rest of the series is going to go...." But I was so wrong! The series is full of twists and turns and is a truly amazing read!!! ( )
  DanaBurkey | Apr 10, 2016 |
In this dystopian novel, all families must abide by a law that states each family may only have two children. No more. Families who have more children are executed along with the spare child.
Then we have Luke’s parents who hoped that one day the law would be repealed and that they could keep their third child. When that day never comes the family is forced to keep him hidden. Hiding him is relatively easy since they live on an isolated farm. That is until the government decides to build housing next to the family farm. What little freedom he has is now gone and he spends his day watching the new families and one day he sees a third child! What follows is an exciting and interesting look into this dystopian world.
I would recommend this book for those in 5th grade and above. –RR ( )
  WhitneyYPL | Mar 28, 2016 |
Read for science fiction discussion.
  kristinbenintendi | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Haddix, Margaret PetersonAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Münch, BettinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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