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AMONG THE HIDDEN. Margaret Peterson Haddix. 1998/2004. Read by Jonathan Davis. 3 tapes. 4.25 hrs. Recorded Books. #97665. 1-4025-7617-x. $29.00. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. JS

Luke is a perfectly healthy child who is confined to his house and worse yet to an attic where he can never be seen by an outsider. He has two older brothers who go to school and live perfectly normal lives. What is going on? It's the future and the government has mandated that each household have a maximum of two children, with severe financial punishments if another child is allowed to be born.

One day, Luke's isolated, insular world changes when he sees another child behind a curtain. Brazenly he sneaks out one day, breaks into the other house and discovers Jen. Luke is deliriously happy to find a companion, but finds Jen to be more than he can handle. Jen questions authority, the Population Police, and the government. Ironically, her father is a member of the Population Police and it's a well-known fact that most government employees defy the law by having a "shadow child." The reader does an acceptable job portraying the characters in this thought-provoking story. Sherri Ginsberg, Chapel Hill, NC
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Author:Ginsberg, Sherri
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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