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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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This is a fantasy novel but it is set in a way that could be real. It shows kids how many things they take for granted everyday, like going to school or eating dinner at the table. I loved this book and want to read the rest of the series!
  katiegotur | Aug 1, 2016 |
N. liked it and said 'yes Mom you should read it & I'm glad I did but I doubt either of us will read the rest.' He's absolutely right. Good exploration of an important theme - but I'm not sure I want to keep on going with it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
First in the series of the shadow children sets the stage of a future dystopian society.
  gregresch | Jun 5, 2016 |
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 |
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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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