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Among the Hidden

Posted by Danielle on February 17, 2009

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Genre: Science Fiction

Reading Level: Easy

Rating: PG for violence (including all books in the Shadow Children series)

Summary: “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?”

Danielle’s Review:

Among the Hidden starts out the Shadow Children series feeling like a science-fiction equivalent to Bridge to Terabithia. And it does start out that way, throughout the first book, but the Shadow Children Series is very long, very involved, and has a lot of potential for deep thought–once you get past all the mystery and suspense, that is.

These books are all about a future world where the government is supreme, and throughout the series you’ll find dueling ideas about what “protection” means for the individual and society. You’ll also find plenty of suspense, hiding, investigations, sneaking around and stolen identities. There’s a lot to be said for someone who can pull off living an entire life in hiding, or pretending to be another person, after all.

Margaret Peterson Haddix has a reputation for fast-paced, action-packed reads, and though you won’t find a great deal of physical fighting (though you might find some), you’ll find a whole bunch of mystery and spying. These books are very short, but altogether good, easy reads, and they suck you in very fast.

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