Among the Hidden
|Among the Hidden|
|Author||Margaret Peterson Haddix|
|Cover artist||Cliff Nielsen|
|Series||Shadow Children sequence|
|Genre||Young adult novel|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing|
|March 1, 1998|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover) Print (Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ7.H1164 Am 1|
Among the Hidden is a 1998 young adult novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix concerning a fictional future in which overly drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the first of seven novels in the Shadow Children series.
Following the life of third child Luke Garner as he asses his life as one of the "shadow children", forced to hide in the shadows as he hides himself from the Population Police who kill any child born after their first two siblings due to overpopulation. Luke, feeling alone and isolated soon finds comfort with another shadow child Jen Talbot in the Baron household across from him with whom he finds ways to communicate with. Through Jen's influence Luke finds his confidence and courage to take down the Population Police in several books.
- Luke Garner – the protagonist of the novel. Luke is a third child, or shadow child, in a country with very specific laws against third children. Luke is twelve years old and has recently realized that he is unable to live like his brothers, and will likely never lead a normal life. Luke's parents have been very careful about raising him away from the public eye and as a result, Luke is rather scared and nervous. He wants to be like his brothers and be able to go outside.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden"