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Among the Hidden.

AMONG THE HIDDEN. Margaret Peterson Haddix Margaret Peterson Haddix (born April 9 1964) is an American author of young-adult and adult thrillers and science fiction novels. Biography
Margaret Peterson Haddix was born near Washington Court House, Ohio, and grew up on a farm there. She received a B.A.
. 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 con·fine  
v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
 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 insular /in·su·lar/ (-sdbobr-ler) pertaining to the insula or to an island, as the islands of Langerhans.

Of or being an isolated tissue or island of tissue.
 world changes when he sees another child behind a curtain. Brazenly bra·zen  
1. Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity. See Synonyms at shameless.

2. Having a loud, usually harsh, resonant sound: "sudden brazen clashes of the soldiers' band" 
 he sneaks out one day, breaks into the other house and discovers Jen. Luke is deliriously de·lir·i·ous  
1. Of, suffering from, or characteristic of delirium.

2. Marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; ecstatic: delirious joy; a crowd of delirious baseball fans.
 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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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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