Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden

Book - 1998
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In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998.
ISBN: 9780689817007
Branch Call Number: J/HADD
Characteristics: 153p. 22cm.


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May 19, 2019

it was pretty good book i have to say. if you have not read it by now well.......READ IT

Apr 19, 2019

I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book very much. But, I ❤️ Haddix and her writing style, so I have faith that the rest of the series will be great 👍🏻

Once I started it I couldn't put it down. If you enjoyed this book and are eager for more you would like the rest of the series.

Jun 05, 2018

Good, fast-paced start to the series. Raises important issues of the value of life and personal identity, as well as social responsibility and government overreach.

Mar 28, 2018

i love it such a great book! Everybody should try it!

Mar 23, 2018

❤️❤️ This book. I highly recommend it to many.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 22, 2018

I adored this series when I first read it in early middle school; I'd recommend it for kids who have trouble getting into books, as these are very fast paced and gripping.

Jul 26, 2017

I like this book very much

Jul 12, 2017

The plot and pace of book itself was one well, but the world within the book seemed very briefly described. More about the world and the events that led up to this dystopian world are described as you read through the series, but leaves things out. Character development was one OK.... but didn't make the characters come to life. I really like the world that is make in these books and is one of my favorite dystopian series. A good book series to start to kill time and be transported into a new world.

Dec 30, 2016

This was a good start to the series. It introduces us to Luke, who is the third son in a family and, therefore, illegal. It seems that, due to food shortages, the government passed laws that limit each family to only two children. Luke has remained hidden his whole life; living on a farm, he could be out in the yard, but if a car comes to the house, he has to run into the house and hide in the attic. Now, the woods around the family's farm are being torn down, and houses are being built near their house, so Luke can't even go outside anymore. And soon, he can't even be on the ground floor of the house, in case someone might see him through the windows. He lives in the attic and eats his meals on the stairs, while his family eats ten feet away from him at the table.
But one day, peeking through the windows in the attic, Luke sees a girl in one of the houses next door - a house that already has two boys living in it! And he realizes that he may not be the only hidden child in the neighborhood.
If I had one complaint about this book, it's that it felt too short. The premise of the two-child law is established, Luke meets the other third-child, and things come to a head and the book is over. Of course, it is the first book in a series, so there should be plenty of opportunity in the following volumes to flesh out the story more. But I really enjoyed this volume, and I look forward to continuing the series

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shallowriver Jun 19, 2013

"It's people like you who change history. People like me-we just let things happen to us." - Luke, the child who's dreams got crushed before they even have the chance to form

shallowriver Jun 19, 2013

"Why didn't you stop her?"
"Stop Jen? That's like trying to stop the sun"

Jun 04, 2013

“Sure you can be a coward and hope someone else changes the world for you. You can hide up in that attic of yours until someone knocks on the door and says, 'Oh, hey, they freed the hidden. Want to come out?' Is that what you want"
Luke didn't answer
"You've got to come, Luke, or you'll hate yourself the rest of your life. When you don't have to hide anymore, even years from now, there'll always be some small part of you whispering 'I don't deserve this. I didn't fight for it. I'm not worth it.' And you are, Luke, you are. You're smart and funny and nice, and you should be living life, instead of being buried alive in that old house of yours”

Nov 14, 2009

"Haddix has outdone herself once again with this outstanding thriller, only to change the readers minds. You won't be able to put it down"


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Jun 04, 2013

Basically, the Government has prohibited every family from having more than two children, and Luke just so happens to be a third child in the Garner family. Read this book to find out the outcome of Luke's third child status! (Hint - It's not what you expect :P)

Nov 14, 2009

Luke Garner is a third child in a society that only allows 2 or less children per family. He is doing his best to hide, and conceal his identity. He is ok with it, until his parents start to become really overprotective. The woods are cut down, and the government built "Baron" homes. He starts to think there is more to his life than hiding, especially when he finds another third child, who is courageous and wants to change everything. A story that will dramactically change, in a good way.


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