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Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1998

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Among the Hidden 

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult dystopian science fiction
  • Originally Published: 1998
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 800L; grades 5-8
  • Structure/Length: 30 chapters; approx. 153 pages; approx. 4 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: In this first novel of the Shadow Children series, the dystopian future setting includes a law limiting the number of children allowed in a family to two. Twelve-year-old Luke is an illegal third child who lives in secrecy and isolation on his family’s farm; when he meets Jen, another “shadow child,” Luke begins to question the rules that impact his future and must decide whether to participate in Jen’s rebellion against authority.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Violence and death

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Author

  • Bio: Born in Ohio in 1964; attended Ohio’s Miami University, studying English, journalism, creative writing, and history; worked as a journalist before turning to fiction writing; has written more than 40 works, among them New York Times bestsellers, American Library Association award winners, and state reader’s choice award recipients
  • Other Works: Just Ella (1999), first in The Palace Chronicles series; Found (2008), first in The Missing series; The Strangers (2019), first in The Greystone Secrets series
  • Awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults (1998)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit: