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Among the Hidden (Shadow Children Book 1) by [Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cliff Nielsen]
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"[A] chilling and intelligent novel...Haddix offers much for discussion here, by presenting a world not too different from America right now." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Readers will be captivated by Luke's predicament and his reactions to it." (School Library Journal)

"[The] unsettling, thought-provoking premise should...keep readers hooked." (Publishers Weekly)

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Grade 5-8-Born third at a time when having more than two children per family is illegal and subject to seizure and punishment by the Population Police, Luke has spent all of his 12 years in hiding. His parents disobeyed once by having him and are determined not to do anything unlawful again. At first the woods around his family's farm are thick enough to conceal him when he plays and works outdoors, but when the government develops some of that land for housing, his world narrows to just the attic. Gazing through an air vent at new homes, he spies a child's face at a window after the family of four has already left for the day. Is it possible that he is not the only hidden child? Answering this question brings Luke greater danger than he has ever faced before, but also greater possibilities for some kind of life outside of the attic. This is a near future of shortages and deprivation where widespread famines have led to a totalitarian government that controls all aspects of its citizens' lives. When the boy secretly ventures outside the attic and meets the girl in the neighboring house, he learns that expressing divergent opinions openly can lead to tragedy. To what extent is he willing to defy the government in order to have a life worth living? As in Haddix's Running Out of Time (S & S, 1995), the loss of free will is the fundamental theme of an exciting and compelling story of one young person defying authority and the odds to make a difference. Readers will be captivated by Luke's predicament and his reactions to it.
Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FBJFP0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 12, 2002)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 12, 2002
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3358 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0689824750
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I enjoyed reading Among the Hidden, mostly because of the risks and excitement the book has. The pressure on the characters in the story is what makes it thrilling and fun. I love how the book is based on events that can happen in real life. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a unforeseeable tale of friends who would do anything to come out of the shadows. I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books for upper primary kids ever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story is great, book came in terrible condition
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