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Among the Hidden (1998)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Series: Shadow Children (1)

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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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Among the Hidden is a suspenseful story of a child who can never be discovered. Will he risk everything in order to help his fellow shadow children? Margaret Peterson Haddix does a great job of making you feel for the characters and their situation, which makes you want to root for their success.
  CaseyP | Jan 25, 2023 |
Loved the direction this book went. Curious to see how the story ends. ( )
  davisfamily | Dec 11, 2022 |
Juvenile
  pammayfield | Oct 29, 2022 |
good - Michael
  hcs_admin | Sep 20, 2022 |
MHS Library held the entire series and they were highly recommended.

FROM AMAZON: In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm.

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?

To be a third child is to be in constant danger. Available for the first time, a boxed set of all seven books in the perennially popular Shadow Children series.

Imagine a world where families are allowed only two children. Illegal third children—shadow children—must live in hiding. If they are discovered, there is only one punishment: Death.

The Shadow children includes: 1/ Among the Hidden; 2/ Among the Impostors; 3/ Among the Betrayed; 4/ Among the Barons ; 5/ Among the Brave; 6/ Among the Enemy; 7/ Among the Free. ( )
  Gmomaj | Sep 17, 2022 |
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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."
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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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