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posted by Ray_ray12 on December 14, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Gather your family together for a great story.
Read it with your kids, you'll all enjoy it. Best for 10 years or older so you can discuss the complex issues this book explores. I loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2011
Posted May 12, 2011
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a good book about third children. The government only allowed two children per family. Luke was a third child he had two older brothers. He never been to school and never been to a friend's house to sleep over, he never had friends but he always goes out side to play in the woods until one day they cut the trees down to built, a huge neighborhood. So, now he lives in the attic. And one day he looked out the window and saw a girls face in a window and he knows two other kids live, he knows she is a third child. So, one day Luke went over there and there was a 3rd child named Jen and they became best friends. And one day Jen decided that she wants to go to a rally to help free all third children. Luke didn't want to go because he didn't want to do anything risky. But Jen was willing to risk it all. Jen went to the rally Luke stayed, Luke waited for day and Jen still never came back. Then Luke found out that Jen had been killed Luke hated himself he felt bad because he thought that he could stop her but he didn't. I really like this book I read all the shadow children books. I recommend this book for anyone who can read. This is my favorite book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2011
Posted April 6, 2011
VERY VERY AWESOME BOOK! By G.French
Among the Hidden was one of the best books i have ever read. Among the hidden is about a boy named Luke who a third child in a family of five. But Luke's parents broke the rules, you aren't supposed to have more than two children in your family because of population control. So this means that Luke must stay inside, in his little room all day so no one will see him. Luke, like many other, haven't ever had a birthday party, or friends at there house. Luke hasn't even ever had a friend. But just like any other day Luke is inside his house peeking out of the blinds when he see a girls face in the neighbors house next door, so he thinks to himself, "they already have to boys." And that is when it hits Luke, that they have a shadow child also! So Luke takes a journey over to the house to see the girl, but I'm not going to spoil it for you, you have to read the rest to find out what happens to the girl and Luke and see if the population police catch them, or they are free to live in peace and never have to worry about hiding ever again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2011
Posted January 15, 2011
Among the Hidden (from a 10 year old)
Hi, I'm 10 years old and Among the Hidden is one of the best books I have ever read! The sequels are just as good! I would reccomend readding this book! The thing I loved about this book is that you never know what is going to happen and you really don't want to put the book down! Our teacher read this as a read aloud book and I think that this is perfect for a read aloud or read to self. I would never say one bad thing about this book except for finding out what is happening next and getting the next book to read! I hope you will love this book as much as I didWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2010
A thought-provoking novel worth your time
Among the Hidden is a futuristic novel that attempts to capture the hearts and minds of its readers, making them ponder over the situations faced by the main characters. Its exact setting is unknown, but mainly takes place at the house/property of Luke Gardner. Luke is a shadow child, a third child in a society where children like him are illegal. Unable to leave his house, watch TV, or even have friends, Luke is essentially imprisoned in his own attic to avoid discovery by the Population Police. Then one day he sees a girl's face in the window of the house next to his, a house in which he knows two boys already live. He eventually meets this other shadow child, Jen, and she introduces him to her radical plan to emancipate all shadow children. Luke must decide on whether to join this dangerous cause. Doing so would risk life for freedom. Choosing to not participate would mean safety, but a continued life of hiding. I thought this book was well-written, not one of those thriller or gripper type books that keeps you glued to the pages, but for the most part it manages to keep the reader engaged. The plot is somewhat boring and slow-moving at first, as the situation is developed and not a whole lot of action takes place. However, towards the middle/end, the action picks up. This is the best section of the book. An unexpected outcome coupled with a cliffhanger ending improves this book's rating. I would give this book about a seven on a scale, and would recommend it to anyone looking for an intriguing book to read in a short amount of time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2010
Must read novel!
Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix was a suspenseful novel set inWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
a futuristic America. It started in the country, on a farm, away from any large, populated
areas...or at least it used to be. Due to the "over-population" in America, the government
was cutting down the farm's trees. Now Luke, a third child in a country where third
children are outlawed, according to the population police, must hide in the shadows as
new houses were built, and more families storm-in. Therefore, Luke's two brothers,
Mark and Matthew, and his mother and father had to prevent Luke from being exposed
Then, one day Luke took a peek out his small window in his room and saw a girl he had
never seen before in the window of another house. He believed that she was a third child
as well. After Luke and Jen made their acquaintance, Jen had revealed to Luke her plans
to attend a rally she organized for all "Shadow Children". Now Luke must stop her in
time or she, and thousands of "Shadow Children" could be killed. Will he make
it to her before it's too late?
This novel had many "ups & downs". One positive was that the plot was filled
with so much suspense that I was urged to read on. I felt the same way about each
cliffhanger such as when Jen's father told Luke that he worked for the very organization
that wanted him dead. Secondly, there were many twists and turns like when Jen was
able to evade the population police for such a long time. Lastly, I loved how Margaret
Peterson Haddix chose the setting of the future because it's fun to think about how the
world might end up someday. I disliked how Luke's brothers Mark and Matt were
"faded out" of the book after only several chapters, because I thought the novel would be
more interesting if they were in the story longer. The second negative was the death of
one of the main characters. Third, I did not like how the government could not figure out
how to distribute food to the people which caused all the problems in the first place.
However there were more positives than negatives in the novel.
The author, Margaret Peterson Haddix, tends to write in long, complex sentences
like on page 100 when Luke states, "render all such materials for our adjudication". I
enjoyed how she wrote the novel from a third person point of view. This gave fair
perspective of most characters. For example, the author gives information about
characters like Luke, Jen, Luke's mother and father and Jen's father as opposed to just
Luke. The author also used realistic dialogue. When Luke and Jen were setting up
signals I felt like I was in the room. As you can see, Margaret Peterson Haddix has a
magnificent vocabulary and writing style.
I highly recommend Among the Hidden for its suspense, futuristic setting and
interesting young characters. One of the main characters, Jen, was a brave young girl
who tried to change the country. Luke on the other hand was a feeble young boy who
preferred to hide in the shadows as the world went by. A similar novel I recommend is
The Hunger Games because parts of that story involve a family needing money. I also
recommend A Week in the Woods which also contains a "troubled" character and Savvy,
a novel about a special family with extraordinary powers. Lastly, I would recommend
Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief which
Posted April 1, 2010
A Book Review of "Among the Hidden".
In the book, 'Among the Hidden' Margaret Peterson Haddix includes many mysterious, brave, and determined characters. The book 'Among the Hidden' is about an illegal, third child, Luke Garner. He lived his whole life living in the farm and the only four people are his father, mother, and his two brothers. One day, he sees a girl's face from a house that already has two children. Luke decides to make a route to sneak into the girl's house.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Luke is a 12 year old boy who lived all his life, whether at home, or in the woods where no one could see him. But when the woods get cut down, a few other houses are built in it's place. When Luke decides to sneak into Jen's house, he becomes friends with Jen, and learns why they are illegal, and what created the Population Law.
I liked the book 'Among the Hidden' because the characters were mysterious and fun, and most of all, the plot was interesting and the ending made me want to read the next novel. I would recommend this to people because you can learn about the Population Law, and why they had to be made. However, I would not recommend this book to people who love fantasy.