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Among the Hidden

on September 15, 2013

JF Haddix    •    Sci-Fi/Dystopia

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Luke is the youngest of three children.  In a world where it is unlawful to have more than two children, Luke is the illegal child.  If anyone were to find out he exists, he would be hunted by the Population Police and executed.  To keep him safe, his parents have kept him hidden, but this life of hiding is becoming increasingly intolerable.  Will Luke be forced to hide for the rest of his life?  How will he endure the loneliness?

Like Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Among the Hidden is a poignant dystopian novel.  Young readers will gain insight into the lives of people enslaved by a despotic Totalitarian government and will feel genuine empathy for the plight of the shadow children.  Among the Hidden is a book that will make readers think about freedom and cherish their own all the more by contrasting Luke’s life with their own.

This is a short novel, around 150 pages.  It is a quick read that you will not want to put down.

While this novel is rated for grades 4-8, there are tough topics presented in this novel may be difficult for younger readers.  More mature tweens and younger teens are the audience most likely to appreciate this book.

Among the Hidden is the first of seven books in the Shadow Children series.

Interest Level: grades 7 and above  •  Lexile: 800L  •  AR: 4.8

1999 ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Haddix, M.P. (200).  Among the Hidden. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.

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