❰Reading❯ ➿ Among the Hidden Author Margaret Peterson Haddix – Dolove.info
SHADOW CHILDREN 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 FriendLuke 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 OutsideThen, 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 Fourth Read September 24, 2018 November 8, 20184 StarsI read this with my grade 6 class I had some students really get into the story Third Read February 16, 2018 February 26, 2018 4 StarsI read this with my grade 6 class They loved it Second Read January 12, 2018 January 26, 20184 StarsI read this with one of my grade 6 classes They loved it First Read In elementary school 3 Stars The issue faced by the characters in the book, that of overpopulation and what to do about it, is an important one, and deserves to have a children s book written about it The possibility that we will one day be limited to two children or fewer per family, and people will undergo forced sterilization, is not so unlikely China already has strict population control laws one child with heavy fines for violators.However the author simplifies the issue to a simple black and white set of extremes She fails to fully examine the issue of overpopulation In the book, the need for population leveling is solely due to food shortages The characters assert that it s mostly due to mismanagement by the government that the famine happened at all In fact, everything bad appears to be the fault of the controlling, fascist, yet inept government Even in the end, the author doesn t appear to grasp the reality of the effect of our population explosion Food is not the only issue Others include, Where will we put all the waste from these people How will there be enough drinking water How will we have enough energy to run the machines we need to support our society Where will resources come from to create things like clothes, furniture, houses, cars How do we deal with all the pollution this manufacturing brings with that many people And how will we survive when we ve cut down all the trees and there is no oxygen being produced The simple answer given in the book seems to be we could police ourselves some people could have kids if others had fewer And who does that policing We certainly aren t doing it now What are realistic ways we can address this population issue The author also appears to be showing how fascist and evil the government is by showing how they outlawed junk food and even meat Vegetarians are truly the evil of the future This is an interesting absurdity in that calories are contained in fat than in anything else, so if food were scarce, it would make sense to make food very high in fat.One excellent point the author does assert is that those who make the laws often don t follow them Exceptions are made when it is convenient for those in power This is an excellent point and I would have liked this to be expanded a bit Especially since those in power the U.S right now currently use up many times resources per person than the non powerful 3rd world countries The barons in the book, by excepting themselves from the rules, are causing even greater harm Yet, even that point isn t explained, just inferred.Perhaps the simplicity is necessary for a children s story, and yet, the heaviness of the topic and the tragedy of the plot, are all mature enough themes that any reader of the book should be able to handle the additional complexity The author also only shows one side of the story that of the victims of an extremist, totalitarian government who dealt inappropriately with a very real disaster.What I would have liked to have seen would have been an afterword that addressed some of these issues on a level kids could understand Just presenting the ideas in a fictional context may be too confusing Other award winning children s books that either deal with confusing, heavy issues, or take place in other mystifying eras, have afterwards for information I think such a beast would help this book tremendously As it is, I am curious to know what children reading this book come away with thinking Is overpopulation bad Or is the government bad and we don t really need to worry about overpopulation Because I fear the latter is the message children will walk away with after reading this novel, I have to be very wary about recommending this book. I m reading this book to my students and they love it, but I found it to be very boring I m not sure how others feel but nothing happens in this book, especially the first half I read through the first half of the book super bored. This book is about a boy that is living I think that in the future, because of the Law that is happening in the book The law of this book is that the families cant have than 2 childs So Luke the main character has to be hidden, he stays inside his house, and cant go out because if they see him they would kill him While Luke was wondering by the window of his room he saw a face on the window from the Barons the family beside their house, the girl was called Jenniffer and she was also a third child They both needed a fake identity and with that fake identity they could go and live with another family But Jeniffer, Luke and other 40 third childs planned a rally, everyone was going but at the end Luke didnt wanted to go So Luke then finds Jeniffer s father and he told him that the police had killed all the 40 kids and Jeniffer also.I really like it because it leaves you thinking in what will the life of Luke be in the next years I would really recomend this book to you, for me it has been one of my favorite books that I have read Also there are books that follow upon this one that I WILL read them. After reading this, I am very surprised that the publishers determined the targeted reading age group to be Age 8 12 It s a bit like Brave New World for YA See that bold print in the back that says an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Aww, memories I remember reading this when I was nine or ten It was fun to revisit the world, though I m not sure if I ll reread the other 12 or so in the series Though I do want to know what happens Hm, we ll see. Among the Hiddena wonderful bookfuturistic Luke Garner is a third child, a hidden child After the government passed the population law, third children and pets have been outlawed But Luke s mother had always wanted four boys Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, she says When Luke s farmland is bought to be turned into a neighborhood of barons, Luke takes interest to watching out of his attic vents The Sports family s home, the Blonde family s homehe names them all But waitwas that a face in the window of the Sport s family s house Luke is too timid to find outor is he In a way, some people I know are like Lukesitting around letting the world be changed for them I am not like that at all If I were Luke, I would try to change the world I d stay outside, letting that late summer air blow in my eyes My mom and dad would say to the questioning people, Oh, she s our niece, that sPatty I would try to be Patty for as long as I could, as I show unquestionable loyalty to my family and close friends Anyway, Luke, sitting in his attic, creates a plan He breaks into the Sports family s house, and finds Jen, another shadow child, as she puts it Jen is me, the complete opposite of Luke, bold and daring Jen and Luke become fast friends, but in April before Jen s rally, Luke turns down her offer Jen wants to rally in front of the White House, to protest the population law She and Luke have a big fight, leaving Luke scared and alone Soon she returns to his house, to say goodbye as she leaves for the rally When Jen doesn t come back, Luke is horrified and nervous What if Jen he can t bring himself to think of it Overcome by curiosity, Luke sneaks back to Jen s house, where he is told by Jen s father that she is dead At the end of the book, I myself was full of questions Will Luke change the world like he promised to Jen s spirit Will he get caught Will he ever see his family again But most importantly When will Margaret Peterson Haddix write a sequel I love this book Iwould recomend it for anybody who has a craving for excitment and adventure I also love the use of words, and the excitment I cannot stop reading the book Margaret Peterson Haddix is a tallented auther and has AMAZING creativity with books and words Any book that she writes is or will be wonderfull. This is a decent book about a fictional community where the government controls everything The people are only allowed to have 2 children so anything after 2 they hide them This is a story about a boy that has been hidden his entire life and find out that there are other hidden children out there as well He meets a girl and they become friends I have mixed feelings about this book The reason I read it was because a friend of mine asked me about it Her 11 year old son read it and he was upset and sad about some things in the book She was kind of shocked and upset that he read such a book So I read the book as a favor to her to see what kind of book it really was So I honestly cannot say if I think it is appropriate for 11 year olds I probably would let mine read it but now that she has brought it to my attention I am kind of hesitant about what I really think.Don t know if that made any sense at all Sorry..