Amongst the Hidden

Style: Average

Attitude: Unobjectionable → Positive

In Brief: A sideswipe, although ambivalent, at current policies and ideas about keeping population levels down to avoid shortages. Luke's farming family are close despite the problems of keeping him hidden. Jen's richer family have also risked many things to keep her safe.

Cover of Amongst the Hidden

Author: Margaret Haddix

Publisher: Random House

Published in: 2001

Age Range: Young Teens

Period: Future

Genres:  SciFiThought-provoking


Luke is a third child in a world where only two are allowed per family, because of shortages. He is always kept hidden away, but when another family comes to live nearby, he realises there is another hidden child. He meets the other child, who brings out his own courage and introduces him to the network of Shadow Children.

“You've got to come, Luke, or you'll hate yourself for the rest of your life. When you don't have to hide any more, 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.”

Tuesday 1st January 2002