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Among the Hidden (book)

Futuristic Tale by Margaret Peterson Haddix as the Government Hunts "extra" children

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Great YA Book Club Selection!

  • Jun 12, 2010
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I had an after-school book club for tweens at my library for a while, and there were some hits and some misses.  This one was a big hit.  It was sometimes hard to find books that would appeal to sixth-grade boys and eighth-grade girls alike, but EVERYONE liked this one.  And it sparked probably the most interesting conversation we had all year.

It's a typical teen dystopian futuristic adventure, but really well written- even I enjoyed it, and I don't always with these YA books.  The world is not so different from ours as to be unbelieveable (and the fact that the main "issue," that families are given a limit on children, is a real issue in China, gave us even more to talk about). 

We actually kept it in the children's section, and there's nothing in it that would be inappropriate for younger kids to read, although the concepts might be a bit much for them.  I'd say it could be enjoyed by strong readers in fourth and fifth grade, too.

If you (or your kid) liked this one, I also recommend Unwind (by Schusterman) and Feed (by Anderson), although they're for slightly older audiences.

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Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
Great start to the series. Sets up a lot of interesting factors in the world building.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
interesting plot belivable
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Great book, especially for young teen boys.
review by . December 18, 2009
   Interesting near future tale where the government has limited the amount of children that families have to two.  Luke is the third of three children who has been “hidden” from birth because if the government finds out that he exists, they will kill him.   Luke has never left the farmhouse grounds where he was born.   Little by little, the land around the house becomes cleared for building new houses and it reaches a point where Luke can no longer …
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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 ...
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ISBN-10: 0689824750
ISBN-13: 978-0689824753

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