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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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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 "illegal" third child, has spent his entire life hiding from anyone outside his immediate family. His troubles multiply when the government makes his dirt-poor parents sell the woods surrounding their farm in order to build a housing development for "Barons" (the privileged elite), and it therefore becomes too dangerous for Luke to go outside. Next, the Garners are hit with a crippling tax bill and ordered to sell their hogs, so Mom has to get a factory job. Luke spends every day alone, hidden in his attic room, until he meets Jen, a "shadow child" secreted in the Baron house next door. She turns his whole world upside-down, introducing him to her secret Internet chat room and giving him literature analyzing the government's repressive policies. After Jen's foolhardy rally of shadow children ends in bloodshed, Luke is faced with a decision that will irrevocably determine his fate. The plot development is sometimes implausible and the characterizations are a bit brittle, but the unsettling, thought-provoking premise should suffice to keep readers hooked. Ages 8-12.
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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 ‏ : ‎ 2274 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I grew up on a farm outside Washington Court House, Ohio. As a kid, I liked to read a lot, and was also involved in 4-H, various bands and choirs (I played flute and piano), church youth group, the school newspaper, and a quiz-bowl type team. I was pretty disastrous as an athlete, although I did run track one year in high school. After graduating from Miami University (of Ohio), I worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a part-time community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois, before my first book was published. I've moved around a lot as an adult, having also lived in Luxembourg (during a college semester abroad) and in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Several years ago, I moved back to Ohio with my husband and kids; we now live in Columbus, Ohio. My husband trains investigative journalists, and my kids are in high school, so there's always a lot going on around our house.

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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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