After an agreement is struck, Continue reading ». An abused and neglected teenager pours her heart into a journal for English class. PW found it ""tough-edged Dunphrey comes through in the best sensitive-English-teacher tradition. Claim to Fame. Haddix's the Shadow Children series middling story introduces a trio of siblings whose parents suddenly begin to respond to their misbehavior with irrelevant platitudes and other non Continue reading ».
This sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity. Despite an intriguing premise and format, Haddix's Among the Imposters, reviewed June 11 novel may well stretch readers' credibility when years of Continue reading ». When year-old Kira's friends hypnotize her, she remembers a "Mama" who is not the woman she knows as her mother speaking a language that's not English.
Her mother, Sophia, Continue reading ». Among the Brave. Dexter the Tough. Dexter hated his new school already,"" opens Haddix's the Shadow Children series poignant if plodding novel about a fourth-grader who, on his first day at school, gets laughed at by other kids when Continue reading ». Double Identity. Haddix the Shadow Children series releases another suspenseful pageturner here narrated by Bethany Cole. As the novel opens, Bethany is anxious; her father has barely let her out of his sight Continue reading ».
Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children series will welcome this fourth title about third-born children living under a government that restricts families to no more than two children. Still using the Continue reading ». Full Ride. Nina, a secondary character in Among the Imposters, is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned. In this third installment that began with Continue reading ».
Although it begins in a didactic tone, this historical novel about New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and the catastrophic Factory fire hits its stride to offer a compelling message Continue reading ». Continuing the story of Luke Garner, a third child born under a futuristic government that only allows two children per family, this sequel to Among the Hidden Continue reading ».
The Always War. When year-old Tessa attends a ceremony to honor her neighbor Gideon, a hero in a year war that has worn down the society she lives in, she has no idea where his refusal of the award will lead Continue reading ». Leaving Fishers. A lonely new girl is drawn into an evangelical Christian club, then disillusioned by its cultishness; PW praised the author's ""evenhanded"" treatment.
Ages up. May Continue reading ». The Missing: Found. In a tantalizing opener to a new series, Haddix the Shadow Children series taps into a common childhood fantasy—that you are really the offspring of royalty or famous people, and were Continue reading ».
Game Changer. Eighth-grader KT Sutton lives to play softball. 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? Get a FREE ebook by joining our mailing list today! Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.
She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks. Tell us what you like and we'll recommend books you'll love. Sign up and get a free ebook! Among the Hidden Book 1 of Shadow Children. By Margaret Peterson Haddix. Illustrated by Cliff Nielsen. Trade Paperback Hardcover eBook. Table of Contents Reading Group Guide. About The Book 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.
Well, I can see why this book got so many awards in its day. It's an amazing book of 'what if'. What if the government took the overpopulation crisis in their own hands. Banning people from having more than 2 children. What if some families had 3 children anyways.
One of the things that struck me most was the I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. One of the things that struck me most was the moral dilemma in this book. On one hand, no mother would want to 'get rid of' one of their children just because a forced operation didn't take but keeping them locked up and hidden for the rest of their lives seems almost crueler. It was a great start to what I think will be an amazing series. I don't know where it's all going to lead to in the end but I'm eager to find out.
This is something I should have been reading in my teens, but I didn't. Better late than never, right? 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. I would really recomend this book to you, for me it has been one of my favorite books that I have read.
View all 5 comments. Dec 20, Katie Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star , novella , middle-grade. 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.
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.
Sep 11, Brooke rated it liked it Shelves: read-but-don-t-own. There was some sexist elements which was a bummer. Sep 26, Scottsdale Public Library added it Shelves: fiction , fantasy , science-fiction , ya-teen , dystopian. In this dystopian novel, the main character, Luke, is a third child in a world where the population law forbids a family from having more than two children. At first, he is able to easily hide from the Population Police, thanks to his house being near a deserted forest.
Although he cannot go to school, shops, or any public place in general, he can still play outside with his two older brothers. This all changes when the forest that hid him for years is cut down to make space for new, expensive m In this dystopian novel, the main character, Luke, is a third child in a world where the population law forbids a family from having more than two children.
This all changes when the forest that hid him for years is cut down to make space for new, expensive mansions occupied mostly by Barons, the upper class of this world. His parents, fearful of the watchful eyes of the Population Police, have him go into house arrest.
His new bedroom is the windowless attic, and he can't ever go outside of the house. However, one day, when he is home alone, he runs outside of his house and meets Jen Talbot, a third child who occupies one of the new mansions. She fills his head with ideas of rebellion against the oppressive government and stuns him with her loyalty to the cause, but Luke still isn't sure he could ever be as brave as her and go out of hiding to attend a public protest.
What happens next changes everything. In this first book of a bestselling dystopian series for young adults, Margaret Peterson Haddix once again makes an impactful story. Along with being tense and thrilling, the ideas discussed make for an eloquent novel about human rights and the power and dangers of speech.
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: childrens-fiction. 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. Feb 09, Fred Kirchner rated it really liked it Shelves: teen-fiction. 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.
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 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!
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.
This book tells the tale of Luke, a third child in a world that only allows two children per family. Finding that the spaces he's allowed to live in are becoming increasingly smaller, he makes a series of decisions that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.
This worked though, because Luke's world is so small, we spend a lot of the book inside the house he's staying in and I was cheering Luke on when he showed signs of rebellion. However, this isn't an easy read - one particular part of this book is brutal. I especially recommend it for fans of The Maze Runner, who want to see a Dystopia from a boy's perspective. Its exactly the sort of Dystopia I've been looking for, it doesn't get bogged down by romantic sub-plots and leaves me wanting more at the end without writing in a massive cliffhanger.
Aug 20, E2 Elaine rated it it was amazing. The character Luke is a lot like me because in the book he did not take risks, I thought he is like me because most of the time I don't like taking risks. For example, when hid best and only friend wanted to go to the population police to protest for 3rd child, he didn't want to go because he didn't want to take risks. I finished that so fast lol. 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.
Things didn't pick up until he met Jen. It addresses vital themes of family life, the struggles of growing up, and the difficulty of resisting a corrupt government. However, many reviews have criticized the cliche and unsatisfying ending of the book, as well as the stiffness of the characters. The Question and Answer section for Among the Hidden is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
How does Mr. Garner is abrupt and almost abusive to his youngest son, and Luke's need for hiding. Luke tiptoes around his father in fear, and although Mr. Garner affords his son a place to hide, he refuses to allow him enough heat to stay warm, and he Among the Hidden study guide contains a biography of Margaret Peterson Haddix, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a young adult novel published on September 1, and is the first book in the Shadow Children series. The book tells the story of a fictional future in which drastic measures have been taken to. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a young adult novel published on September 1, and is the first book in the Shadow Children series. The story is based around a third child who knows he is different but it only the building of new houses at the back of his house that forces his family to hide.