Margaret Peterson Haddix
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
SHADOW CHILDREN 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?
I remember enjoying Among the Hidden when it came out. As the series grew, I lost track of it and outgrew it. However, I did read most of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s other books, because I absolutely LOVED Running Out of Time. In fact, it was my favorite book to recommend to kids about ten years old when I worked at Barnes and Noble. So good.
Anyway, the fifth graders in my book club wanted to read Among the Hidden. Later, I discovered that they all had read it already and just wanted to TALK about it.
Worked for me!
It was great for discussion because Haddix didn’t shy away from adult topics when writing it. This series is perfect for kids that are interested in The Hunger Games but are still too young for it. I’m continuing to read it on my own because I need to know what happens! Hopefully, we’ll discuss it again next school year.