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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 (Author) (1998)

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Luke lives in a world where, as a third child, he is illegal. He lives in constant fear of discovery and works very hard to remain hidden. It is a isolated and lonely life where he can't even eat dinner at the table with his family - what if someone looks in a window and sees him. One day he notices movement in a neighbors window where he knows everyone is gone for the day. What if he is not alone?

I really enjoyed this young adult book. It was nice reading a book about children that act like real children act and make mistakes like real children would make. I was moved by what Luke was going trough and was hoping for him to find a way to escape his situation. I am looking forward to continuing this series and seeing what happens to him. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
The main character is named Luke. He is a third child. He is not supposed to be alive. He used to be able to play in the back yard. That was until they started Building houses. Now he has to stay inside. A few days after the houses where done he saw a face in the window of a house were he knew two boys already lived. The next day he rain over to the house and there was a third. They became friends. She dold him about a riot that a lot of thirds were doing for freedom. Luke did not go. After the riot he found out that she died along with all the rest of the thirds who went. Later he got a fake I.D. so he can work towards the freedom of thirds

I rated 5 stars because it has a lot of action. The book had some sad parts were i almost cried. Aover all it was a very good book. ( )
  jonathan.dukas | Jan 4, 2016 |
This was actually the second time that I have read this book, but it has been so long that I had forgotten how good it really was. This book takes place in a world where population growth is strictly governed and families can only have two children. Society is very split before the haves and the haves not and the government is the one enforcing it. I think this books is even more relevant today because of all the over population issues we have around the world. This book offers some important questions that the next generation might have to address.
  NathanMerlin | Oct 11, 2015 |
Anyone who likes books about life in a futuristic society will like this one also. The story revolves around a boy who is hidden in his home because society forbids a family from having more than one child. Famines have caused the government to become very powerful in an effort to deal with the shortage of food. People have very limited liberties, including the kinds of food they can buy. Although the totalitarian actions of the government are mentioned in the story, the main plot involves the feelings of the boy, Lucas, as he deals with his predicament. A quick read. ( )
  valorrmac | Aug 19, 2015 |
Overpopulation is put a hold on by limiting the number of children. The main character makes an unexpected friend, they connect over the situation. Good science fiction.
  amkestek | Aug 13, 2015 |
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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."
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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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