Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson HaddixAmong the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden

byMargaret Peterson HaddixIllustratorCliff Nielsen

Paperback | March 1, 2000

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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.

Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. 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?
Author Margaret Peterson Haddix was born near Washington Court House, Ohio on April 9, 1964. She graduated from Miami University in 1986 with a B. A. in creative writing and journalism. Before becoming an author, she was a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis, an instructor at Danville Area Community College, and a freelance writer. She ...
Title:Among the HiddenFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0689824750

ISBN - 13:9780689824753

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is great Have this book in my class library. Just recently there has been a number of students reading it. A couple even did book reviews of it. It's a hit in my room. The kids are loving it and I enjoy hearing them tell me all about it. Great book!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I loved this book when I was younger, definitely would read it again right now at age 19!! Good choice for preteens! This book stayed with me-great read!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my favourite series as a child. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this a lot. Was recommended to me by a friend who had read the series when he was in middle school. I hadn't heard of them until he mentioned them to me but they're pretty good. This book inparticular was one of the better ones.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite book series Thought provoking with an incredible story line. If you haven't read this series yet, it is definitely one I recommend checking out. The theme of the story is one that doesn't feel that far off even now with the worlds over population.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix I love this book! I would recommend it for anybody who has a craving for excitement and adventure. I also love the use of words, and the excitement. I cannot stop reading the book. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a talented author and has AMAZING creativity with books and words. Any book that she writes is or will be wonderful.he issue faced by the characters in the book, that of overpopulation and what to do about it, is an important one, and deserves to have a children's book written about it. The possibility that we will one day be limited to two children or fewer per family, and people will undergo forced sterilization, is not so unlikely. China already has strict population control laws (one child) with heavy fines for violators.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't be able to put this one down... A captivating read that you won’t be able to put down.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book and Series! This book is one of my favourite books and it is the start of one of the best series any science fiction lover would want to read. Among the Hidden is a very enticing, very thought-provoking, and you'll never want to put it down! Each of the characters are so unique, and you'll find yourself clinging on to the little hope each "third child" has. Margaret Peterson Haddix's books are all a must read!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Among the Hidden Great intro to a clever series.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Though Provoking for Young Readers I read this as a part of a Battle of the Books competition in elementary school, and it is probably the first intense book I had read. I'd almost classify it as a thriller. I'd never heard of child restrictions before, and it really got me thinking more about international issues (as much as a 10 year old could). As I suffered from really bad anxiety as a child, I didn't read further into the series, but Among the Hidden was a fast paced informative and thought provoking read.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Though Provoking for Young Readers I read this as a part of a Battle of the Books competition in elementary school, and it is probably the first intense book I had read. I'd almost classify it as a thriller. I'd never heard of child restrictions before, and it really got me thinking more about international issues (as much as a 10 year old could). As I suffered from really bad anxiety as a child, I didn't read further into the series, but Among the Hidden was a fast paced informative and thought provoking read.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The book changwd my life!! i learned how much i LOVE Dramatic books!!!!!!!!! everyone reading my review, should read this!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling This is the first in an intriguing series that takes place in a dystopian future where it is illegal to have more than two children. The third children are called shadow children, and they and their families are at risk of being punished with death if they are found out. This is an excellent start to this series. I really felt for Luke, the main character, as he was placed in moral dilemmas. His fear and frustration and confusion were palpable as he tried to figure out his life and the risks he could take without hurting his family. I also like how the author is clearly setting up something bigger, as well as touching on interesting subjects such as power and control, food security, class structure, propaganda, and freedom. The book is also quite short and fast paced, which will appeal to even reluctant readers, both boys and girls. I think the age range is pretty broad too, though some of the content could be scary; for example, just the idea that shadow children would be put to death by the government.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! An amazing book. Very exciting.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! An amazing book. Very exciting.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yay Love it reads it at school
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yay Definitely one of my favorite books when I was in my early teens. I even most recently re-read the book while in my twenties and it was still good. If you really like dystopian and not too far in the future scenarios, then this is the book for you. The future scenario is rich, well thought out, and very exciting.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Among the Hidden Wow!!! Heart racing, exciting!! This book & the whole series, 7 in total were absolutely amazing. This will make non-readers want to read!! You just can't put them down!! Extremely good!!
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting enough to keep you going further into the series For such a thin little book, there was plenty to read. It was a bit of a slow starter at first and you immediately feel for Luke all through the book. Although his family loves him, he’s always been the third wheel in everything. It’s an interesting setting even though nothing really happens until Luke meets Jen (which is a little further along the book.) I’m not sure why it’s a slow start. Perhaps it’s to reflect the dreary monotonous daily life Luke has to go through because he can’t even get out of the house so there’s really not much to do. When he does meet Jen however, things do pick up and get more exciting to read. I really do admire her enthusiasm and her determination to change the system although it does get predictable as to the outcome of her idea. Nevertheless I liked how the story ended and I am curious as to what Luke is going to do now. I’d say pick this up for a quick read. It’s not the greatest book I’ve read that covers dystopia, and not the most different (the idea of the Population Police is now pretty commonplace in this kind of literature). Yet because it’s so quick and can be finished within a day, give it a try. Perhaps the books following this one will be better.
Date published: 2011-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Among the Hidden I really liked this book. It's about a boy hiding because he is the third child to be born in a family, where the law only states that you can only have two children. However, he soon finds another hidden child and together, they work to try to live their lives as normally as possible. This is a great children's book filled with love, friendship, suspense and emotions!
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awosome Book! I loved this book, so well I have read all the over books in the whole shadow children series by Margeret Peterson Haddix. I am now working on a book called Found and it is also wrote well by her. I have not found a better auther yet.
Date published: 2008-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK!! =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) =] =) the book name is called among the hidden! the author's name is margaret peterson haddix! the genre of this book is adventure. the main character's names are LUKE GARNER, and JEN. This book is about luke which is a third child. there is a population law which means that the thrid child has to be killed or be a foster. luke has been hiding for so long. in the middle of the book you will meet a character named jen and she is a third child too! they are planning something. what are they planning to do? you will have to find out yourself. well, in my opnion i think that this is a gret book because it is like part mystery and part adventure. the author of this book wrote other books too! This book is a series so it keeps going on! How Exciting!!
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meh. Let's just summarize this. This is a really short, boring book. It is probably for grade 4-6's. I read this in one night, maybe because I am a book worm, but the book was absolutely easy to read and there was only 2-3 main events in this book. The genre is probably adventure, though the only adventure for him is running to a next door neighbours house. Luke is a third child or a "Shadow Child." Third children are banned because the goverment thinks that there is not enough food. Luke is very lonely, angry and also sad because the goverment took the land that their family owned and made houses there. Then his mother had to go and work, leaving him alone in the house for hours, giving him SOME freedom in the house. Then one day while he was looking out the window at the Sport's family's house, he saw a face. Then again he saw the same face after a few days of furiously searching. He was for sure there was someone there. He was so curious he summoned the courage to actually go over to the house. Fortunatley, no one saw him and when he got into the house. He met another third child, Jen. She tells him of all the laws and ridiculous things about the "population" law. She said that they HAD enough food for third childs but the goverment is very stubborn. She is very clever, strong and she's rich. She even sets the alarm off for "fun" and tackled Luke the first time he saw her. Then one day, she told Luke about a "rally" she made up. She planned with other third children to go to the goverment's house and sit there, rioting. Luke is torn between staying safe and stay in the house forever, or go to the rally, maybe be killed, and stand up for freedom? Or is there a third choice..? But he sure knows this, Jen's going, and their is no way to stop her. (By the way our teacher is making us do this thing describing characters and all) BUT ANYWAYS, It's a very easy book with lots of emotions, but very short. That's what sequels are for I guess? I didn't bother to go and read the sequels because it was short, a waste of my time and boring. But a good story line, just not properly written. - Jacqueline Vu.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *****ONE OF MY FAVOURITES!!***** When I read the back of this book, i knew i had to read it, that was 2 years ago! I have read the full series, twice! It is an amazing book, and i would deffinatly recomend any of Magaret Peterson Haddix's books. She is a very talent author, and i can't get enough of her books! When you start reading one you can't put it down. Her books arn't even in my age range, but i've read most of them!
Date published: 2008-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! I loved this book! I was so moving that I felt like I was Luke! My grade six class loved it! They kept shouting "READ IT AGAIN! READ IT AGAIN!"
Date published: 2006-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome book I thought this was the best book i ever read because it kept me in the story because i wanted to know what happened to Luke when he whent to Jens house and back.I really liked it when luke had to hide in the closet away from the population police. And i liked the all the description the author put in the book when she talked about what the barons looked like and stuff like that.That is why i thought this was the best book i ever read. So after i read the first book i bought the rest of the series.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow Children I Was Looking Through A Book Order At School And I Saw This Book Along With The Next 2. I Didn't End Up Getting Them I Got Something Else But I Still Really Wanted To Read Them So I Was Looking At Our School Library And Found This One #1! I Finished Readind This One And Loved It. For My Bday I Got 2 And 3... I Am Now Reading #3! This Book Is Really Good And Very Suspenceful. I Thought It was A Great Book And If You Like Books With Secrets, Sort Of Suspence, And Sitauations Where It Could Mean Something Wonderful Or Terrible Then You Would Love This Book!!!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One cool book! This book is so good I have read it 5 times
Date published: 2006-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Novel! This book is one of the best I've read yet! It's sad, funny and inspiring. I can't wait to read the next book in the sequel. I love how the author writes her short suspenseful chapters. Please write more books PLEASE!
Date published: 2005-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book!!! Among the Hidden was the book that touched me sooooo much that I just had to read all the sequels! It is a very touching and sad story. When Luke went to Jen's it was a happy time. But then, Jen died, :( which inspired Luke to help other third children. In all the books it shows how people can come out, be brave, and help others. I recommand this book to everyone! (unless you can't read...) I am looking forward to read the next book Among the Enemy.
Date published: 2004-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A great book which teaches you what it is like is some countries that do not allow third children to be born. Keeps you hooked so you want to continue reading.
Date published: 2004-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from among the hidden In the world of Among the Hidden, a government decree allows each family two children only. Luke is the third child. For Luke, this has meant 12 years of hiding inside his parent's house, living in the attic, and staying away from windows to avoid the eye of the Population Police. A stray glimpse through an air vent reveals a child hiding in the house across the street, giving Luke a chance for freedom - if he dares. Margaret Peterson Haddix creates a sobering vision of a world almost like our own in Among the Hidden, a cautionary tale about morality and trust for ages eight to 12.
Date published: 2004-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One is not enough I read this book to my class last year. They decided it wasn't enough for them - we ended up reading right up to Among the Betrayed and they are so eager to hear Among the Barons that they have now joined the Readers Club at school so they can find out what is happening to Luke now.
Date published: 2003-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it was the best! this book was the gratest book i ever read. it was dramatic,sad and funny.i love jen the best!!!
Date published: 2003-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is an amazing book, it is a bit depressing at the first but gets better. It's full of passion and bravery and heart and friendship. One of the best books I've ever read. Another MUST read from me.
Date published: 2003-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Grade 8-9 I was looking for a scifi for a grade 6 class. This is a good book, but better at the grade 8 level. Not enough action, but good for generating discussion in the classroom.
Date published: 2003-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOk ! This was the best book, the first few chapters are a lil bit boring, but then it gets really good! This book is definitely better then its sequel Among The Imposters.
Date published: 2002-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goodie This is a good book! Sad and joyful. Lovable. You can read it over and over and still cry! one of the top books! 4.5 I give it not just 4!
Date published: 2001-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's good . . . and too sad i really liked the book but the ending is SO sad. i know i'm basically repeating everything else i said but it's true.
Date published: 2001-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from yawn This book was extremely boring. It had a great plot but nothing happened. there was no real thought put into description of any thing like that.
Date published: 2001-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AmongThe Hidden Among the hidden is a fascinating book. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It shows lots of bravery and determination.It is very interesting and full of suprises and is not too much like other books. I recommend it ages 10-13 (grades 5-7) although it would be very good for a read aloud in class.
Date published: 2000-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ?*!_!?*&^!?$#/<=+&)<!*#&$( I hav not even finished two chapters in this book, and I never will finish reading it! This book is too depressing! He's not allowed to leave the house, or he will die. It's awful!
Date published: 2000-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ;) This book is really great.It teaches you about courage and determination and teaches you to fight for what you beleive in.It teaches you the meaning of freedom and friendship,and the risk that others take for us everyday.A good example of this is Jesus since he died on the cross for us,giving up his life.This book is very mysterious and has a great plot and conclusin.I recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2000-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Among the Hidden This is my favorite book! I recomend it to everyone!!!!!
Date published: 2000-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finished I have now finished Among The Hidden, and it was great! It had a REALLY surprising ending. I liked it. I enjoyed reading Just Ella, too, it is also by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Date published: 2000-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ???? :) I just started reading this book, I'm about half way through it already. So far, it's REALLY good. This is a good mystery/adventuer book.
Date published: 2000-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Among the Hidden This story reads as though the author took China's one-child policy and translated it to a North American two-child policy. Luke, an outlawed third child who has never had much freedom to begin with, sees the world encroaching on his family farm, trapping him in the process. The story has elements of The Giver, Diary of a Young Girl, Bridge to Terabithea, Jacob I Have Loved, and even 1984-and yet it is an original work that seems more plausible everyday. I was so wrapped up in it, I even forgot that I am a third child myself.
Date published: 1999-09-01

Bookclub Guide

ABOUT THE BOOKS Imagine living in the shadows, hiding your existence from almost everyone in the world. This is the plight of Jen, Trey, Nina, and all other third-born children. With their nation plagued by drought and food shortages, their government has made it illegal for families to have more than two children. Yet thousands of thirds exist without identification cards or rights of any kind. As these shadow children begin to discover and communicate with each other, their worldviews broaden. They begin to wonder why their government claims that they are the cause of all of their nation's ills, and they question the worth of their leaders themselves. Fearfully, unwittingly, or angrily, these secret children emerge from the shadows to fight for change. The seven Shadow Children novels are told from the viewpoints of Luke, the beloved third son of a rural family; Matthias, the abandoned urban orphan raised by elderly moralist Samuel; and other third children. Their narratives offer readers differing perspectives on the compelling questions explored in the series. Should the government have the right to dictate the size of families or other aspects of how people choose to live their lives? In an age of televised news, how can one be certain what is really happening in the world and what is illusion -- who is telling the truth and who isn't? Can individual actions truly affect the future of a nation? And, ultimately, what does it mean to live in freedom? DISCUSSION TOPICS Why do you think some families decided to have third children despite their society's desperate circumstances and strict laws? Do you think that the benefits of having another child would outweigh the sacrifices that must be made? Why or why not? Each third child comes from a different background and type of hiding place. How are these children treated by the people who care for them and hide them? How do they feel about their circumstances? How do these feelings affect their actions? How does the government enforce its rules? Do you think its plan for dealing with the low food supply is a good one? Is it justified? Must governments limit individual freedoms to protect their citizens as a group? Is this the case in your own country? To come out of hiding, shadow children must assume false identities. How would you feel if you had to live under an assumed name, denying your relationship to your family? Which shadow child's feelings about this situation are most like your own and why? Are the shadow children in more danger when they are hidden or when they venture out into the larger, more complicated world? In what ways do you think this would be a difficult transition to make? Would you feel safer or less safe out in the world? Shadow children are often uncertain whether people are their friends or their enemies. Cite examples when third children question the loyalties of Mr. Talbot, Smits, Oscar, and even members of the Population Police Force. Is trust as difficult in your world? A critical challenge faced by each shadow child is the sense that one individual cannot make a difference. When do Luke, Nina, Trey, and Matthias express this sense? Are they correct? What is the relationship between this feeling and the leadership roles these children ultimately take on? How do different characters contribute to the fight for the freedom of the shadow children? How effective is Jen's rally? Does Luke help the cause when he joins the Grant family of Barons? Can Trey's fear be a type of courage? How do Mr. and Mrs. Talbot, Mr. Hendricks, and even Philip Twinings help the fight? It becomes increasingly clear that the government is misinforming its citizens. What lies are told on the public television channels? How is the information on the Baron channels different? What roles do television and the Internet play in the novels? Why do you think the government is, in a sense, framing the shadow children for the nation's problems? Whom do you think the starving population would be angry with if they did not have the shadow children to blame for their hunger? In what ways does hunger affect different characters and their actions? If your family were hungry, would you have joined the Population Police? Why or why not? When Aldous Krakenaur and the Population Police are defeated in the final book, are the third children truly safe? What does Luke do to expose Oscar? Why does Nina feel that only a third child could have stopped Oscar? What kind of government do you think -- or hope -- the shadow children will help to create? How does Luke imagine the future? Do you think it will be perfect? Do you think it will be better? Explain your answer. QUOTATIONS TO DISCUSS Among the Hidden begins with Luke musing: "I will never be allowed outside again. Maybe never again as long as I live." What might you do if you were facing your final moments outside? How does this passage affect your understanding of the series? Jen tries to persuade Luke to join the rally, saying, "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.' But you are, Luke, you are." List three ways Jen's words are important. How is Jen, who dies, a key character throughout the series? Compare and contrast the characters of Jen and Samuel as moral thinkers and leaders. Near the end of Among the Impostors, Mr. Hendricks explains that, "The Population Police can lie too...It suits the government's purposes to say they are arresting third children rather than traitors." Why might this be better for the government's purposes? Are third children the real cause of the nation's troubles? Among the Betrayed opens with Nina's thought that " the bogeyman and the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch and the creep-show monster, the Population Police belonged in stories and nightmares, not real life." What makes these rebellious thoughts? What makes these brave thoughts? In Chapter 29 of Among the Barons, "Luke remembered a quote from one of his history books: 'The king is dead, long live the king.'" How do Luke's experiences help him understand these words spoken upon the death of France's Kings? Is the transfer of power in Luke's world really this clear? How might this quote be understood in terms of the way leadership changes hands in your country? In Chapter 21 of Among the Brave, Luke's brother, Mark, complements Trey on being braver than him. As Trey Responds, he realizes, "People are brave in different ways." Explain this quote in terms of the different types of bravery depicted in the series. In Chapter 19 of Among the Enemy, Matthias wonders why he could save a Population Police officer, then fight against him. "It had to do with Samuel telling him, over and over again, 'Killing is wrong.' Even...back in the cabin, Matthias hadn't wanted to be an accomplice to any more murder." How does the memory of Samuel affect Matthias's thoughts and actions? How do Samuel's words affect your understanding of the relationship between third children and their government? At the end of Chapter 8 in Among the Free, Luke asks a boy about his loyalties. "'Which side am I on?' [the boy] repeated. 'What do you think? Whatever side feeds me -- that's the one for me.'" Luke later muses, "Shouldn't the enemies of my enemies be my friends?" Discuss loyalty in terms of these two quotations. Could you ever be driven to think like the hungry boy? Why or why not? How would you respond to Luke's circular question about the enemies of his enemies? WRITING AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES Hiding The premise of the Shadow Children series is that third children must live in hiding, pretending not to exist. Imagine you are a third child. Write three to five journal entries describing your life, how you feel about it, and your dreams, if any, for the future. Margaret Peterson Haddix calls these novels the "Shadow Children" series. What other words, such as hidden or forbidden, describe third children? Look up "shadow" in the dictionary. Based on these exercises, write a short essay explaining why "shadow" is, or is not, the best word to use in the series title. If not, what series title would you suggest? Make a "top ten" list of reasons people join the Population Police. Then, in the character of one of those of people, write a speech explaining to the Population Police why you have come to join them. Read your speech aloud to classmates. In the final book, Luke balks at being interviewed on camera, stating that if he is free then he has the right to say nothing. Why does Luke say this? Role-play this scene, having one classmate act as the interviewer while others play liberated citizens. You may also want to role-play the scene in which citizens begin to testify against third children once again. Discuss ways in which these role-plays are similar and/or different. Population The world's six billionth child was born in 1999, and our population continues to grow. A growing population poses risks to the planet. Imagine you have just been told that you are child number six billion. Write a journal entry describing how you feel about this fact. The world's three most populous countries are China, India, and the United States. Research how population growth has been handled in one of these countries. Compare and contrast the different population changes and policies with the research of other classmates or friends. Have the policies been successful? What positive and negative effects might these policies have in the future? (Hint: Excellent data is available on the Population Reference Bureau website: Food and Hunger Luke's family lives on a farm, and he is very interested in gardening and hydroponics, the growing of plants in a nutrient-rich water rather than soil. Learn more about these disciplines by trying to grow some vegetables of your own or trying your hand at hydroponics. The people of the Shadow Children world sometimes act against their moral senses because they are starving. What does it mean to be hungry? Write a paragraph describing how your stomach, limbs, and mind feel when you have missed a meal. Compare this to an encyclopedia definition of starvation. Based on these observations and facts, write a defense of the starving people's bad acts. How do we deal with hunger and famine in our modern world? Research the policies that different countries have for dealing with hunger both at home and abroad. Stage a debate, with each person advocating a different approach, and see if you can reach a consensus about which methods are the most effective. Governments and Control Are these novels about a strong government preventing famine through limiting population? Or are they about a failing government attempting to keep control despite the famine by blaming third children for the entire population's hunger? Write a paragraph explaining which of the above sentences best describes the crisis of the Shadow Children series and why. Research the population control efforts of the Chinese government, the vilification of the Jewish people by the Nazis in World War II, or the racial hierarchy established between the Hutu and Tutsi people in Rwanda. Present an informative poster based on your research to friends and classmates. Discuss the ways in which each of these governments resembles the actions of the Shadow Children government. Then, if desired, write a paragraph stating which real-life situation you think is most similar to the series and why. To promote the idea that third children are villains, the government feeds the population propaganda through television and posters. Find the dictionary definition of propaganda. Look for examples of propaganda in the novels. Then create your own propaganda poster defending or blaming third children for the troubles of their nation. Luke and his friends ultimately have the opportunity to help create a new government. With classmates or friends, brainstorm a list of rules, regulations, and freedoms for the new government you would create for the Shadow Children. Or you and your classmates can each draft a new constitution for the Shadow Children to present to your class. Vote on the best constitution. What does it mean to be free? Hold a Freedom Day at your school or classroom. Learn about celebrations of freedom across time and cultures. Write an essay, poem, or song lyrics; create a sculpture, drawing, or collage; or improvise a dance or a play showing what freedom means to you.

From Our Editors

They are the shadow children: doomed if they appear before any but their families, yet determined to live their lives as fully as they can… in hiding. They are third-born children in a world where the government permits only two children to each home. Every moment is a danger to Luke’s life, furtive and hidden in the rolling land of his family’ farm. Yet when Luke meets another like himself, the precocious Jen, he begins to see there’s another way to live, if he’s willing to risk his life to find out. Among the Hidden is a gripping novel for middle readers by ALA favourite Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the best-selling Running Out of Time.

Editorial Reviews

"A chilling and intelligent novel". -- Kirkus