Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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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