Wednesday, August 24, 2011

To Hide or Not to Hide?

In Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Luke is a third child, otherwise known as a shadow child. In a society that only allows parents to have two children, Luke is a secret. He cannot go to school, meet new people, and once the woods surrounding his house are cut down, he won’t be able to leave his house. The Population Police are scary and ruthless and Luke knows that if they find him his life is over. It is this fear that has kept him so good at hiding all these years. When Luke is confined to the attic (because someone might see his shadow in a downstairs window) he is depressed, lonely, and angry. Looking out a vent he sees a light on in one of the new houses that was just built where his woods used to be- and he knows everyone is at work. Is it another shadow child? Will Luke have the courage to find out? If he leaves his house with the Population Police seize him? Your heart will pound with Luke’s as he changes his life forever! Read this book to find out what awaits him!

I LOVED this book! It has short chapters and interesting vocabulary. I really liked Luke, he seemed nice and I felt so bad for him only getting to know his family, house, and yard. I cannot even imagine! I kept wondering what I would do in his situation and I wanted him to explore, but I didn’t want him to at the same time because I was scared of something bad happening. The characters are well-written and I felt a lot of emotions reading this book. At first I thought it was taking place in the past, but now I think it might be the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone in grades 4-7 that likes an adventure and a book full of suspense! I just noticed that this is a series so I will be back at the library getting more books to read before school starts!!

Has anyone else read Among the Hidden? Or another book by Margaret Peterson Haddix?

Happy Reading!


  1. This book sounds awesome! I'm going to read it!

  2. Wow! This book sounds amazing! I definitely want to read this. I read Double Identity by her and it was so cool. She is a really good writer!

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. L- I remember you telling me about this one- it's definitely on my list of books to read! Great review- thanks Lizzy! ~F

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I don't think I've read this author before. Thanks fro the introduction.

  5. This review is perfect! I read this book last year and loved it. I read the whole series and totally think everyone should read it. I'm a third child and am glad I don't live in the society in the book! It would be BAD. I was rooting for Luke!

  6. I checked out the rest of the series from the library. Trey- Thanks for letting me know the rest of the series is great. I will be a reading machine as Hurrican Irene comes my way. Hope she fizzles out before she gets here. :)

  7. Alexis- Thanks for stopping by. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a great middle grade and YA author. Lots of suspense!


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