Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Shadow Children Books)

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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?
 

About Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.
 
Published June 12, 2002 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Luke, 12, the third boy in his farming family, has been hidden since birth, mostly in the attic, safe for the time being from the Population Police, who eradicate such “shadow children.” Although he is protected, Luke is unhappy in his radical isolation, rereading a few books for entertainment an...

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Haddix (Running Out of Time) chillingly imagines a dystopia in this futuristic novel. Born into a totalitarian state that brutally enforces a two-children-only policy, 12-year-old Luke Garner, an il

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This futuristic novel focuses on a totalitarian regime and the Internet. PW noted, The plot development is sometimes implausible and the characterizations a bit brittle, but the unsettling, thought-

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This futuristic novel focuses on a totalitarian regime and the Internet. PW noted, The plot development is sometimes implausible and the characterizations a bit brittle, but the unsettling, thought-

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Haddix (Running Out of Time) chillingly imagines a dystopia in this futuristic novel. Born into a totalitarian state that brutally enforces a two-children-only policy, 12-year-old Luke Garner, an il

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As the possibility of discovery by the Population Police threatens Luke and his family, he finds himself hiding again, but this time at the Hendricks School for Boys with the new identity of a wealthy and recently deceased son of a Baron family.

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Examiner

Is the fake identity that Luke has assumed for protection going to be the very thing that threatens his life?

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Examiner

On the day that the woods behind his family's farm house is cut down to provide land for wealthy Baron houses, Luke's life changes forever.

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SF Site

As I rapidly turned the final page of Among the Hidden, wondering what was going to happen to Luke and if he would ever find his way free of being an "illegal" child, I thought back on what I had just read.

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Booked Solid

Not until Luke looks out at the newly developed homes from his concealed attic window does Luke begin to believe he’s not alone in the world.

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