Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden

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Publication Date: March 1, 1998


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 800L


Age Range: 8 to 13


Major Awards: Top 10–ALA Best Books for Young Adults


Number of Pages: 160 pages


Audible Book Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins


Book Themes: Friendship, Family, Freedom, Courage


Genre: science fiction, young adult fiction, dystopian fiction


Setting: Set in the future, Luke's farm and the woods around it


Important Quote: "Sure. You can be a coward and hope someone else changes the world for you. You can hide up in that attic of yours until someone knocks at your door and says, 'Oh, yeah, they freed the hidden. Want to come out?' Is that what you want?"

Luke didn't answer.

"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.' And you are, Luke, you are. You're smart and funny and nice, and you should be living life, instead of being buried alive in that old house of yours-"

 


First Line: In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.


Point of View: third person limited point of view of its main character, 12-year-old Luke Garner

 

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  • What is it like to be a shadow child?
  • What are the pros and cons of having a third child law?
  • What is the city like?
  • What is a totalitarian government?
  • What types of propaganda could the government use to keep its citizens under control?

Vocabulary List

abnormally
agonized
anguish
annihilation
apparatus
audibly
beckon
beseech
botch
careen
chaos
competent
congeal
contrast
cultivate
cultivation
curtail
daunt
decade
deranged
disable
earnest
entitled
excess
exposed
famine
forged
genuine
germination
giddy

gleam
grieve
grope
guffaw
gulf
hacker
harboring
hibernate
horde
hover
hydroponics
illegal
incredulous/incredulously
indifferent
infiltrator
instantaneous
justify
linger
monitor
monopoly
nonchalant/nonchalantly
obsessive
offal
ominous
painstakingly
pantomime
plausible
plot
population
preponderance

prime
pristine
propaganda
propel
rally
random
ration
reappear
reliving
repeal
resign
resolute
resolutely
retrieve
rugged
sanctuary
sequence
skittish
species
sporadically
sting operation
stupefied
survey
taboo
theoretically
tramp
universal
unseasonably
vegetarian
voila

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