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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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A very engaging book from the perspective of a third child in a world where two children are only allowed. This third child, Luke, must hide and be kept hidden away from society because he is not legally allowed and terrible consequences will befall him and his family if he is discovered. This novel addresses the concept of a totalitarian government that controls people and every aspect of their life. ( )
  bmsherid | Dec 2, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
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 |
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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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