Among the Hidden book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. SHADOW CHILDREN Luke has never been to school. He's never. Among the Hidden is a young adult novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix concerning a The book was also awarded as an American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults and is included in Wilson's Middle & Junior High. Among the Hidden. The Shadow Children, Book #1. Top 10–ALA Best Books for Young Adults; An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; YALSA.

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The Shadow Children Series. Among the Hidden. Among the Impostors. Among the Betrayed. Among the Barons. Among the Brave. Among the Enemy. Among. Among the Hidden: Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cliff Nielsen: Books - terney.info Sold by: Book Depository US Book 1 of 7 in the Shadow Children Series . Start reading Among the Hidden (Shadow Children Book 1) on your Kindle in.

Add your rating See all 90 kid reviews. What's the story? In the not-so-distant future, overpopulation has led to draconian laws limiting families to no more than two children, and Population Police ruthlessly enforce the law. Thus Luke, his family's third child, has lived his entire life in hiding, and now that a new development is being built on the edge of his family's land, he can't even go into the yard anymore, nor can he go into rooms with windows, as the neighbors grow suspicious if the shades are pulled all the time. This miserable, isolated existence is interrupted when he discovers another shadow child living in a nearby house, and risks his and his family's lives to meet her. But this other shadow, Jen, child of an official with the Population Police, is less passive about her situation -- she is organizing a protest march to try to free the shadow children. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? The first third of the book chronicles Luke's living situation, as his loving but terrified family increasingly constrict his world until he lives almost entirely alone in a windowless attic room, and readers can feel the arid claustrophobia of his life. But she does it in a way that is fascinating and suspenseful. Along the way the author raises many issues -- none of them are simple -- which makes this a good choice for reading groups and book discussion groups.

Because I fear the latter is the message children will walk away with after reading this novel, I have to be very wary about recommending this book.

View all 13 comments. Jul 25, Mariah Roze rated it liked it. I'm reading this book to my students and they love it, but I found it to be very boring. I'm not sure how others feel but nothing happens in this book, especially the first half. I read through the first half of the book super bored. Sep 10, Selene rated it really liked it.

Fourth Read: September 24, - November 8, 4 Stars I read this with my grade 6 class. I had some students really get into the story. Third Read: February 16, - February 26, 4 Stars I read this with my grade 6 class.

They loved it. Second Read: January 12, - January 26, 4 Stars I read this with one of my grade 6 classes.

Among the Hidden

First Read: In elementary school 3 Stars. After reading this, I am very surprised that the publishers determined the targeted reading age group to be "Age ". See that bold print in the back that says: View all 7 comments. Mar 30, Farid rated it it was amazing.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a boy that is living I think that in the future, because of the Law that is happening in the book. The law of this book is that the families cant have more than 2 childs. So Luke the main character has to be hidden, he stays inside his house, and cant go out because if they see him they would kill him.

While Luke was wondering by the window of his room he saw a face on the window from the "Barons" the family beside their house, the girl was called Jenniffer and she was also a This book is about a boy that is living I think that in the future, because of the Law that is happening in the book. While Luke was wondering by the window of his room he saw a face on the window from the "Barons" the family beside their house, the girl was called Jenniffer and she was also a third child.

They both needed a fake identity and with that fake identity they could go and live with another family. But Jeniffer, Luke and other 40 third childs planned a rally, everyone was going but at the end Luke didnt wanted to go.

So Luke then finds Jeniffer's father and he told him that the police had killed all the 40 kids and Jeniffer also. I really like it because it leaves you thinking in what will the life of Luke be in the next years.

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I would really recomend this book to you, for me it has been one of my favorite books that I have read. View all 4 comments. Dec 20, Katie Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: Aww, memories! I remember reading this when I was nine or ten. It was fun to revisit the world, though I'm not sure if I'll reread the other 12 or so in the series. Though I do want to know what happens Hm, we'll see.

View 1 comment. Dec 15, Olivia rated it really liked it Shelves: Among the Hidden Luke Garner is a third child, a hidden child. After the government passed the population law, third children and pets have been outlawed. When Luke's farmland is bought to be turned into a neighborhood of barons, Luke takes interest to watching out of his attic vents.

The Sports family's home, the Blonde family's home But wait Luke is too timid to find out In a way, some people I know are like Luke I am not like that at all. If I were Luke, I would try to change the world. I'd stay outside, letting that late summer air blow in my eyes.

My mom and dad would say to the questioning people, "Oh, she's our niece, that's Anyway, Luke, sitting in his attic, creates a plan. He breaks into the Sports family's house, and finds Jen, another "shadow child," as she puts it.

Jen is me, the complete opposite of Luke, bold and daring. Jen and Luke become fast friends, but in April before Jen's rally, Luke turns down her offer. Jen wants to rally in front of the White House, to protest the population law.

She and Luke have a big fight, leaving Luke scared and alone. Soon she returns to his house, to say goodbye as she leaves for the rally. When Jen doesn't come back, Luke is horrified and nervous.

What if Jen-he can't bring himself to think of it. Overcome by curiosity, Luke sneaks back to Jen's house, where he is told by Jen's father that she is dead. At the end of the book, I myself was full of questions. Will Luke change the world like he promised to Jen's spirit? Will he get caught? Will he ever see his family again? But most importantly: When will Margaret Peterson Haddix write a sequel? View all 3 comments. Dec 20, Rachelle rated it liked it. This is a decent book about a fictional community where the government controls everything.

The people are only allowed to have 2 children so anything after 2 they hide them. This is a story about a boy that has been hidden his entire life and find out that there are other hidden children out there as well.

He meets a girl and they become friends. I have mixed feelings about this book. The reason I read it was because a friend of mine asked me about it. Her 11 year-old son read it and he was ups This is a decent book about a fictional community where the government controls everything. Her 11 year-old son read it and he was upset and sad about some things in the book. She was kind of shocked and upset that he read such a book.

So I read the book as a favor to her to see what kind of book it really was. So I honestly cannot say if I think it is appropriate for 11 year-olds. I probably would let mine read it but now that she has brought it to my attention I am kind of hesitant about what I really think.

Don't know if that made any sense at all-Sorry.. Jan 27, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Luke is a "third" child in a society that inforces population control.

Families are allowed only two children. He is loved but lead a very solitary life.

He meets another "third" child, Jen, and they form a friendship. Jen is the leader of a group of thirds and she's trying to change the laws so they no longer have to hide. Very inspiring, tender and quite a cliff hanger! Dec 10, Mwestarkey97 rated it it was amazing.

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Feb 09, Fred Kirchner rated it really liked it Shelves: I was not expecting too much, and was rewarded with a pleasantly surprising read. You can fly through this book in just a few hours, but why should you? Here's why: Haddix creates a charming, star-crossed protagonist living in a dystopian society as a Shadow Child.

Families are only allowed two kids. Luke is the third child to a strapped farming couple living on the edge of civilization. For most of his life, Luke's had the run of the back forty, but when a new housing development bring wealt I was not expecting too much, and was rewarded with a pleasantly surprising read. For most of his life, Luke's had the run of the back forty, but when a new housing development bring wealthy homes to their neck of the woods, Luke is forced to stay in the attic.

He may never go outside again. Luke watches the new neighborhood from his secret attic lookout. One day he notices a blind flutter on one of the extravagant homes.

Without his parents' knowledge, Luke sneaks over to the new neighborhood and meets another shadow child--a girl! She's linked into an underground network of Shadow Children. Adventures follow. Not too racy for your 6th grade nephew, yet deep enough for a high school ethics seminar is there such a thing?. This story was so good, I read it in one sitting.

If only I had the sequel, I would be reading it already. Really, that's how much I enjoyed it. It's very well told, the setting is believable and cruel, and Well, there're lots of great things to say about it, instead I'll just recommend you read it.

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Jan 21, Ally rated it it was amazing. I read it last year in two days. The ending made me cry and wanting more. I love the series and want to maybe want to reread the series again! Sep 27, Julie Klein rated it it was amazing. Wonderful recommendation by one of my fabulous students.

Can't wait to discuss it in book club: Oct 16, Daisy W rated it it was amazing. This book was a good start to a series, but it felt like a non-ending or an obvious sequel set up.

Even in a young adult series each book should be able to stand alone in terms of satisfying the reader that the story is over, this one didn't really do that for me. The character development was ok but again, I'm not going to cut it slack for being for young readers, there were several characters that should have been more dimensional but weren't. As an example Jen's dad needed to be introduced by This book was a good start to a series, but it felt like a non-ending or an obvious sequel set up.

As an example Jen's dad needed to be introduced by his name ASAP instead of just referring to him as Jen's dad for three chapters. Another oddity was how easily the author made Jen's idiotic plans come together.

It was third person but you never get to see anything Luke doesn't get to see, she might as well have written in first person POV from Luke's perspective because that is basically what you get. If she had used third person more to her advantage we would have seen all that Jen did rather than hear from Luke that she seemed tired. As much as it annoyed me, and it did, I did find it to be an interesting, however conflicted read. The different mentalities about the government was an interesting aspect and showing the characters personality by how they see the government was a good way to get insight into the characters quickly.

I ordered this for my twelve year old niece upon a recommendation and decided to read it myself to be sure she'd like it, I ordered the second book immediately upon finishing this one. It may not be my cuppa but I think a young reader would enjoy it more than I did.

It gets a three out of five. I am able to relate to his emotions because I have felt what he is feeling. This book is very special, even my sister thought it was a fascinating book. I can tell that the author put her heart and soul into the book.

It contains so many details and suspense. Right now I am reading the 7th book and I am loving it. If I had to rate this book, it would be a definite 5. I recommend this book to all readers who love fiction, a bit of mystery, and things that affect a certain society or population. This book is the best book I have ever read and even the title catches my eye.

To end, this book is a book everyone should read. Apr 25, Jen Durand rated it really liked it.

When childhood memories, bring you back you know it is a good book. Lots of mystery, drama, and sprinkles of actions. So great. I loved it and am constantly recommending it to my younger siblings. May 14, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: The dystopian society in Among the Hidden is a frightening idea, but reading about the main character's adventures is worthwhile.

I just have to say, what an amazing start to a series! For the past couple of months, I've been having a hard time finding books that'll hold my interest. But once I picked up 'Among The Hidden,' I was immediately sucked into this world well, it did have it's draggy bits, but nevertheless, I was sucked in. I can't quite explain it, but it gave me all of those Unwind feels. This isn't your average dystopian book, I feel that it can stand on its own, much like Unwind, it was very unique, but I d I just have to say, what an amazing start to a series!

This isn't your average dystopian book, I feel that it can stand on its own, much like Unwind, it was very unique, but I did have some problems with it hence the four stars and not five. Among the Hidden is set in a world where parents are only allowed to have two children. But not everyone agrees with these laws, and that's where the term "shadow children" comes into play.

We start out by meeting our main character, Luke Garner, a twelve-year-old shadow child a third child born to a family who must stay hidden at all times. Luke stays in his family's attic day in and day out until his new neighbors move in, and he realizes that maybe there are more children like him out there.

So, let's get to our characters this isn't going to take long because there weren't many. First, we have our MC, Luke Garner. I really liked Luke and how he progressed throughout the story. In the beginning, you have this boy who seems pretty content with everything. At first, Luke couldn't go outside for very long, and then it came to a point where he couldn't go out at all.

As the chapters progressed "privileges" and I can't even believe that I'm calling them privileges, are slowly taken away from Luke. Privileges such as not being able to eat dinner at the same table as your family.

The more the story progressed the heavier my heart felt. It got to a point to where I wasn't even sure who to be upset with, the government for enforcing that the parents can only have two children, or the parents for subjecting their kids to this lifestyle.

So, I felt bad for Luke, but as I was saying I liked watching his irritation at his circumstances slowly build within him. He realized the life he was living wasn't fair. Luke went from being a sheltered boy to possibly being the leader of a revolution.

I am here for it! Next, we're introduced to the other third child who happens to be Luke's next door neighbor, "Jen" Jennifer Rose Talbot. I loved Jen so much! She was so fierce and so passionate about what she believes in. I admire people like that, and that's exactly who Jen was. I loved how she was able to ignite a fire in Luke and make him realize that the population laws were complete bull. For one, I knew that the government would've had those children killed at the rally. I mean, they were all third children, which meant that there was no evidence of their existence, they could get away with killing them scot-free.

But I knew she would have a huge impact on him. People like that always do. What was even surprising is that she was a Baron extremely rich and yet she cared about ALL third children.

Luke's mother was okay, the brothers were jerks, as all older brothers are lol jk! That's what a man gets married for. As I said before, I did have some problems with this book. The main problem I had was that the beginning of it dragged.

I know it's completely understandable, since the author wants to you really feel what it's like in the life of a third child who has to remain hidden all the time, but it really dragged.

Luke was in the attic most of the time, and if he wasn't in the attic, his dad was being unnecessarily mean, or his brothers were teasing him that didn't happen much though , or his mom was babying him. The one thing I took away from this was how incredibly unfair this is to Luke. No one knows he exists. He can never be seen by or talk to anyone outside his immediate family.

He must always be hidden. What kind of life is this for a child? Matthew and Mark are his older brothers. Edna and Harlan are his parents who work the farm.

The non-local family members include Aunt Effie and Lisabeth, none of whom know Luke exists. She refers to her older brothers, Bulleton and Brownley, as Bull and Brawn. George Talbot is her dad who works for the Population Police. Sean, Carlos, Yolanda, and Pat, are all third children, shadows. Lee Grant is a new person. The Population Police keep an eye out for third children. General Sherwood came to power and reordered our world.

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