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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 (1998)

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For fans of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, this is the first in the Shadow Children series.
  mcmlsbookbutler | May 4, 2017 |
this book is very futuristic and is about a young boy that is in a world where you are only aloud two children and if there is a third they would be put to death. Luke in this book is the third child and has been in hiding his whole life. this story tells his trials he goes through to be able to be a person in the outside world. this book is an easy read and good for school age children.
  Lisamegis | Apr 25, 2017 |
This is the story about the main character Luke Garner who is a twelve years old a third child who lives hiding from the population police. Luke lives with parents who are only allowed to have two children and any additional children will be killed. 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 he sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. he meets Jen another third child who's parents are barons. At the end Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadowsThen relationships because he meets Jen wants to rebel against the rules but her plan doesn’t go well and she dies. At the end Luke gets a fake ID from Jen’s father and he calls himself Lee Grant and goes to a boy’s school.
  hildaalcaraz | Mar 13, 2017 |
This is essentially one novel split into 7 published volumes. It is extremely well-written, and although treating a dark subject (tyrannical regime executing excess children) it is quite suitable for junior readers. Adults and older teens may find its politics simplistic, but it held my interest. The author's intent is upbeat and hopeful throughout, while still giving full consideration to the serious doubts and fears of the protagonists, at a level younger readers can identify with and understand. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 29, 2017 |
Fantastic series book that appeals to both genders. This book allows for making inferences and predictions without necessary making a lesson out of it. I enjoyed this book because it makes you look at the consequences for governmental actions. This was a great book that I read when I was younger and then read again for this project. I suggested this book to a student recently when he could not decide what to read. ( )
  Laura_Ashley | Nov 10, 2016 |
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Haddix, Margaret Petersonprimary 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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