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Margaret Peterson Haddix

Author of Among the Hidden

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About the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix was born in Washington Court House, Ohio on April 9, 1964. She received bachelor's degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing, and history from Miami University in 1986. Before becoming an author, she was a copy editor for The Journal-Gazette, a newspaper show more reporter for The Indianapolis News, an instructor at Danville Area Community College, and a freelance writer. Her first book, Running Out of Time, was published in 1995. She has written more than 30 books including Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Just Ella, Turnabout, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, and Into the Gauntlet. She also writes the Shadow Children series and the Missing series. She has won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award and several state Readers' Choice Awards. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden (1998) 5,967 copies
Found (2008) 3,527 copies
Among the Impostors (2001) 2,923 copies
Just Ella (1999) — Author — 2,823 copies
Running Out of Time (1995) 2,622 copies
Among the Betrayed (2002) 2,476 copies
Among the Barons (2003) 2,283 copies
Among the Brave (2004) 2,068 copies
Among the Enemy (2005) 1,931 copies
Among the Free (2006) 1,901 copies
Sent (2009) 1,842 copies
Into the Gauntlet (2010) 1,626 copies
Double Identity (2005) 1,532 copies
Sabotaged (2010) 1,372 copies
Torn (2011) 1,007 copies
Turnabout (2000) 927 copies
Palace of Mirrors (2008) — Author — 915 copies
Dexter the Tough (2007) 861 copies
Uprising (2007) 814 copies
Caught (2012) 806 copies
The House on the Gulf (2004) 573 copies
The Strangers (2019) 539 copies
Escape from Memory (2003) 413 copies
The Always War (2011) 399 copies
Risked (2013) 386 copies
Say What? (2004) 333 copies
Because of Anya (2002) 302 copies
Leaving Fishers (1997) 299 copies
Revealed (2014) 267 copies
Takeoffs and Landings (2001) 217 copies
Redeemed (2015) 205 copies
Claim to Fame (2009) 199 copies
Under Their Skin (2016) 181 copies
Game Changer (2012) 152 copies
Children of Exile (2016) 147 copies
Full Ride (2013) 142 copies
The Deceivers (2020) 135 copies
The Summer of Broken Things (2018) 126 copies
Remarkables (2019) 124 copies
Palace of Lies (2015) 95 copies
The School for Whatnots (2022) 82 copies
Children of Refuge (2017) 72 copies
The Messengers (2021) 67 copies
In Over Their Heads (2017) 60 copies
Children of Jubilee (2018) 42 copies
Falling Out of Time (2023) 35 copies
The secret letters (2022) 35 copies
Sought (2013) 23 copies
Rescued (2014) 19 copies
The Missing Collection (2011) 17 copies
Thad, the Ghost, and Me (2011) 4 copies
Desaparecidos - Vol.2 (2014) 1 copy
Eldprovet (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works

Guys Read: Thriller (2011) — Contributor — 321 copies
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (2003) — Contributor — 302 copies
Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork (2006) — Contributor — 110 copies
Destination Unexpected: Short Stories (2003) — Contributor — 77 copies
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Contributor — 61 copies
I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion (2000) — Contributor — 47 copies


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Places of residence
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Miami University of Ohio (BA - Creative Writing and Journalism)
Short biography
Margaret Peterson Haddix (born April 9, 1964) is an American writer known best for the two children's series, Shadow Children (1998–2006) and The Missing (2008–2015). She also wrote the tenth volume in The 39 Clues, published by Scholastic.

Haddix grew up on a farm about halfway between two small towns: Washington Court House, Ohio, and Sabina, Ohio. Her family was predominantly farmers and she grew up in a family of voracious readers. Some of her favorite books growing up included E.L. Konigsburg books, Harriet the Spy, Anne of Green Gables, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Anne Frank, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Little Princess.

She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with degrees in English/journalism, English/Creative writing, and History. While in college, Haddix worked a series of jobs. She was an assistant cook at a 4-H camp, but almost every other job has been related to writing. During college, she worked on the school newspaper and had summer internships at newspapers in Urbana, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Haddix chose to pursue fiction writing after her husband, Doug, became a news reporter, because she did not want to be his employee. Her previous work as a reporter inspired her to write fiction. After documenting a wide variety of topics, she wanted to create her own plots and characters. Haddix experienced a long period of having her writing rejected by publishers before her first two books were accepted in 1995 and 1996. Her first book was Running Out of Time, published when Haddix was pregnant with her second child, and her first child was one and a half years old. Her second book, Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, followed shortly after. The Summer of Broken Things, written in 2018, is Haddix’s most recently published stand-alone book.

Haddix has written more than 30 books for children and teenagers, including Running Out of Time, Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Leaving Fishers, Just Ella, Turnabout, Takeoffs and Landings, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, Escape from Memory, Say What?, The House on the Gulf, Double Identity, Dexter the Tough, Uprising, Palace of Mirrors, Claim to Fame, The Always War, Game Changer, the Shadow Children series, and the Missing series. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, book 10 in The 39 Clues series. Her books have made New York Times Best Seller lists and American Library Association (ALA) annual book lists and they have won the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award and more than a dozen state reader's choice awards.

The New York Times’ best-selling author currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Doug, and their two children, Meredith and Connor.

Haddix has received the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Champions league, some ALA listings on Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, The National Kids Award, and readers' choice lists in more than 29 states.



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Among the Hidden is part of the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This dystopian novel is set in rural Oklahoma in a time when the government tries to regulate overpopulation by enforcing a law that families are not allowed to have more than two children. Luke, the protagonist in this novel, is the third child in his family. While his older brothers Matthew and Mark are allowed to go outside, he has to hide inside the attic of the house and can only come down for meals with the family when the blinds are drawn. This means that Luke does not know anyone outside his family, cannot go to school or make friends. Basically, he cannot do anything that other kids do. When new houses are built within sight of the family's house, Luke follows the building process as well as the new neighbors' lives by watching them through an air vent in the attic. One day, Luke sees a girl's face in a house where the parents and their two children have just left. Apparently, there are other third children. Eventually, he decides to find out about her and sneaks over to her house. What will happen once they meet? Will Luke finally be able to live a less isolated life?

I breezed through this novel as it does not have that many pages and is an easy read. It has everything a dystopian novel needs and the small set of characters works well to give an impression of the society and to create suspense. The plot fell somewhat short of my expectations, though, as it is pretty linear and the ending, while it was not necessarily to be expected, is also not earth-shaking. What the ending succeeds in, however, is to make you want to continue the series. Maybe the first two novels could have been combined to make one. As I have not read the second novel yet (and am still not decided on whether I will), I cannot really say. 3 stars for this one.
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OscarWilde87 | 229 other reviews | Mar 28, 2024 |
This is an action backed and engaging book for 3rd-5th graders. A prominent theme is the dangers of modern technology but the tech is outdated because it was written in the late 90’s. But I kind of like this as offering kids a view of both the 90’s and 1800’s. Would have this in my classroom library!
zrobinson | 63 other reviews | Mar 18, 2024 |
Like A Wrinkle in Time but more cynical, I think? Precocious siblings have to solve puzzles and rescue mom from a parallel universe. I disliked how judgmental characters were, lots of implications of what good parents vs subpar parents do in a given situation. Felt like the author had some kind of moral agenda and was writing the story for her own sake and not the sake of the child readers.
boopingaround | 15 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
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