Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden

eBook - 2002
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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 in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. 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?
Publisher: [S.I.] : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
ISBN: 9780689848070
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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jamesmullens
Jul 26, 2017

I like this book very much

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TereyT
Jul 12, 2017

The plot and pace of book itself was one well, but the world within the book seemed very briefly described. More about the world and the events that led up to this dystopian world are described as you read through the series, but leaves things out. Character development was one OK.... but didn't make the characters come to life. I really like the world that is make in these books and is one of my favorite dystopian series. A good book series to start to kill time and be transported into a new world.

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anstinek
Dec 30, 2016

This was a good start to the series. It introduces us to Luke, who is the third son in a family and, therefore, illegal. It seems that, due to food shortages, the government passed laws that limit each family to only two children. Luke has remained hidden his whole life; living on a farm, he could be out in the yard, but if a car comes to the house, he has to run into the house and hide in the attic. Now, the woods around the family's farm are being torn down, and houses are being built near their house, so Luke can't even go outside anymore. And soon, he can't even be on the ground floor of the house, in case someone might see him through the windows. He lives in the attic and eats his meals on the stairs, while his family eats ten feet away from him at the table.
But one day, peeking through the windows in the attic, Luke sees a girl in one of the houses next door - a house that already has two boys living in it! And he realizes that he may not be the only hidden child in the neighborhood.
If I had one complaint about this book, it's that it felt too short. The premise of the two-child law is established, Luke meets the other third-child, and things come to a head and the book is over. Of course, it is the first book in a series, so there should be plenty of opportunity in the following volumes to flesh out the story more. But I really enjoyed this volume, and I look forward to continuing the series

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ilovecats2003
Jun 30, 2016

A good book. There were a couple of problems in the book, though.
1. The character development seemed WAY too rushed.
2. There wasn't really much behind the plot
Although I did like it, it wasn't the best book. I will read the next couple to see if I start to enjoy the series any more, but it is on the line in between.

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blue_rabbit_1950
Jun 27, 2016

A good book! Short and Sweet! It was very interesting and had many exciting parts. I would recommend it to others especially tweens.

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AbebechBekele
Jun 27, 2016

Among the Hidden was the most interesting book I have been reading. It was so attractive that made me to finish the book in one day because the important events that is about to happen always had gave me curiosity. Third child born having fake identity and how they survive and what will they do. When I read this book, the teacher had asked me what happen every morning when we had independent reading in class. Because it was awesome story. I recommend this book for children because if something like his story happen to them they could learn from the third born children's life mistake they did and stand up for their rights instead of hiding and get fake identity. This will teach children how to become powerful and defend themselves.

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spencer58
Feb 09, 2016

This is a great book! I stumbled upon this book when looking for a fun choice read for my free time. I liked this book because I like the idea of the third children and how they have to hide form the evil government. I recommend this book to everyone, especially kids and teens. I would also recommend reading the rest of this great series!

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chloe1ab
Oct 19, 2015

Not my cup of tea. I was expecting a lot more from this book, based off of all of the amazing reviews I'd read. The ending is very disappointing; don't read this book if you want a brief ending and to know what happens without having to read 5 more books.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 25, 2015

Very poor cast of characters. Like most YA books, the writing was junk and had very little story. Keep "Among the Hidden" hidden in the library and do not read it!

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WCLSDemingLibrary
Jun 22, 2015

What would you do if your very existence was a threat to your family? Luke can't pretend that he doesn't exist anymore and this first thriller in the Shadow Children series will keep you on the edge of your seat!
~Alexa

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Jun 22, 2015

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Jun 04, 2013

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shallowriver Jun 19, 2013

"It's people like you who change history. People like me-we just let things happen to us." - Luke, the child who's dreams got crushed before they even have the chance to form

shallowriver Jun 19, 2013

"Why didn't you stop her?"
"Stop Jen? That's like trying to stop the sun"

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sanderl571
Jun 04, 2013

“Sure you can be a coward and hope someone else changes the world for you. You can hide up in that attic of yours until someone knocks on the door and says, 'Oh, hey, they freed the hidden. Want to come out?' Is that what you want"
Luke didn't answer
"You've got to come, Luke, or you'll hate yourself the rest of your life. When you don't have to hide anymore, even years from now, there'll always be some small part of you whispering 'I don't deserve this. I didn't fight for it. I'm not worth it.' And you are, Luke, you are. You're smart and funny and nice, and you should be living life, instead of being buried alive in that old house of yours”

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rosepetal16
Nov 14, 2009

"Haddix has outdone herself once again with this outstanding thriller, only to change the readers minds. You won't be able to put it down"

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sanderl571
Jun 04, 2013

Basically, the Government has prohibited every family from having more than two children, and Luke just so happens to be a third child in the Garner family. Read this book to find out the outcome of Luke's third child status! (Hint - It's not what you expect :P)

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rosepetal16
Nov 14, 2009

Luke Garner is a third child in a society that only allows 2 or less children per family. He is doing his best to hide, and conceal his identity. He is ok with it, until his parents start to become really overprotective. The woods are cut down, and the government built "Baron" homes. He starts to think there is more to his life than hiding, especially when he finds another third child, who is courageous and wants to change everything. A story that will dramactically change, in a good way.

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