Among the Hidden: Summary

Among the Hidden has a setting of a small town in the future. The small town had a forest until the government tore it down for the Barons.

The characters in Among the Hidden have different aspects that make them special throughout the book. The protagonist, Luke, is a third child that has to stay hidden because of the Population Law. He is very shy and skittish because he has never been around anyone besides his family. He wants to be in the outside world, but the government would kill him if they found him. Matthew, Luke’s older brother, was the first son. Jennifer was another third child that organized a rally against the government. Luke thinks they are lucky because they can go anywhere. The antagonist in the story is the government. The government has made a law that families can only have two children. This is what causes Luke to go into hiding.

The time is the future because the book describes laws that haven’t been made yet. Also, famines are world wide and food isn’t well distributed in the future.

The conflict in Among the Hidden is man vs. society. Luke has to stay hidden because of the Population Law. The government said that families could only have two kids so the world would have enough food. Also, the government tries to make everyone go vegetarian because they think that it is healthier for you. The Population Police kills any third child they find so they can get paid. The only way shadow kids (third child) can avoid the government from killing them is to get a fake identity.

The problem is that Luke has to stay hidden for the rest of his life. If he is found the Population Police would kill him because he is a third child. He can’t go to school or have a normal kid’s life. All he does is sit in his room and wait. He can’t even eat at his family’s table. The solution to his problem is that he can get a fake identity, and live with another family.

Among the Hidden begins with Luke being called into the house because the forest is being cut down for the Barons. He now has to be very careful and never go outside. He can’t even eat with his family. In the middle of the book, Luke’s family is busier than ever. His mother got a job so they can pay taxes. Also, they had to give up their hogs so it wouldn’t stink. Luke also found a vent in his room so he could look outside at the Barons homes. While watching the houses he sees a child’s face in the Sports’ Families window after all the family members left for their jobs. At the end of the book, Luke finds out that the face he saw was another third child.

This third child is a girl named Jennifer. She is courageous and she is smart. She introduces Luke to both views of the Population Law. Also, she told him about the rally of the shadow kids to try to overthrow the Population Law. Luke told her at the last minute that didn’t want to go. Even though he didn’t go, she said she is going. When she got to the rally, the Population Police shot her and the other forty shadow kids. When Luke found out about this, he found her father, told him who he was, and asked for a fake I.D. In the end, Luke goes with his new fake parents in which he will now have a normal life as Lee Grant.

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  1. kayliiee
    Posted December 9, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    im still reading so far preety good not my favorite …..ill type later

  2. Emmali
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    thank you were a lot of help i read the summary and now i am going to buy the book because of you

  3. Margarett
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    best book ever!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Danielle
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    i hate this book, but i have to read it for a book report

  5. bobby
    Posted January 3, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    love it son. best book ever!!

  6. sara
    Posted January 9, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    this is helpful

  7. kristle
    Posted May 16, 2008 at 10:05 am

    teacher mrs flatch made us read this book i dont really like it

  8. Kate
    Posted May 25, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I have to read this in literature circle and I love it!

  9. brittany 96
    Posted June 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    this book was so interesting i read the summay and then bought the book. The first time i read it, it caught my atention.
    I also got an A on my repot. This summary really helped me.!!!

  10. hater
    Posted July 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    boo i just hate all of the 3126 books i read last yeat

  11. Julia
    Posted August 25, 2008 at 9:34 am

    this summary really helped with my essay and i got a good grade on it to

  12. lillieGORE
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 6:49 pm

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  13. Whitley
    Posted September 13, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    My cousin had the book and i read it in a period of 3 hrs. and I loved it…also check out a book called a child called it…..

  14. QL
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    i dont like this book ,
    but i have to do it
    cause i have a book report

  15. jake
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    i hade to do a book reoport on this book this mad it so much easer

  16. sidd
    Posted September 29, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    i like this book

  17. jade
    Posted October 6, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    this is a very good book but i dont like reading sooo and i had to do it 4 a book report.

  18. Deep
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    same here daniel person your hot nerd

  19. tim and alick
    Posted November 17, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    this book is the bombbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
    i like chicken and dykess

  20. alyssa
    Posted December 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    OMG i LOVEEEEE AMONG THE HIDDEN ITS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!

  21. yurrr momm ;)
    Posted January 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    this book is gayyy.
    i have to do it for a stupid battle book project due tomorrow. this summary sucks, and doesn’t help me.

    thanks.

  22. Johnny
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    i have a book talk tomorrow and i didnt read the book thank you so much

  23. cutie
    Posted January 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I looovvveeeee…this book. It is my faavvvvvvvv….book eva. The only reason i read it was b/c of the summary. Thanks so much

  24. brooklynn
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    im am crying from the end i hate being away from home so i could not be able to take leaving your parents i cant stop crying i would not recommend this book for people who ca not stand sad endings (it was not sad it ws just sad how it had to end that way)

  25. brooklynn
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    it was a good book i read the whole thing today the only thing that stinks is that i have to do it or a book report but its not that bad people is makng it sound soooooo bad and its not

  26. sunshine
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    thank you thank you so much…. i have a book report due today snd this made it alot easyer thank you sooooooo much again

  27. person
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    hi this book i did a book report on and didnt read it

  28. i
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm

  29. h
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 8:18 pm

  30. m
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

  31. e
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    my teacher makes me do a whole book report in 2 weeks and it takes 2 days just to pick out a book so i dont even get to read most of it unless you read 30 pages a day

  32. n
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    ”””””””’

  33. Makenzie
    Posted March 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    thanks i have a book report and i dodnt read it and it is due in 5 days this made it alot easier to understand the book

  34. Nikki
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    thx,I had a hw assinment for writin a poem and this really helped

  35. Taylor Swift
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    this is taylor swift and i really liked this book and i enjoyed it. i read some of it when i was on tour. and fans….. chack out my new cd and concert!!! bye i love you margrett paterson haddix.

  36. Taylor Swift
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    its me again and sorry about that… i have a problem with my e’s turning out to be a’s bye LOL (and yes i do know what it means :) )

  37. Jonas Brothers
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    hey its joe nick and kevin here!!!!
    just kidding
    its taylor swift
    im just bord on my tour bus and i have nothing to do but travel and me and the jonas brothers are here and just want to joke and fool around but now we wont
    bye………….. and fans of the jonas brothers…………… they are having a concert if you wanna go!!!!! love you all (L)

  38. amyy_babyyy
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    thiss book was straiqhtt.
    i meaaan im at simmonsss.
    i read thiss sheittt back in 6thh qradeeee.
    but itsa qood book.
    and knowinq that i hate readinq.
    and i read thiss book.
    it was def. a qood book.
    i liked it. =)

  39. kid42
    Posted April 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks I have a book report due tommorow and a friend recomended this book to me. Unfortunately, I find it very difficult to actualy read a book and get passed the 18th page.
    After reading this summary, well I gues I didn’t know what I was missing.

    Thanks

  40. Nick jonas
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Yo guys, i’m glad your liking one of my favourite books!! its the bomb right??? So I guess i’ll see some of you aat the concert on june 30th!!

    Peace out
    Nick J

  41. Mz.Stubby
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    This book is fatabulous at first when I seen it i thought oh this book looks as if its going to be stupid but it wasn’t so i had to tell myself never judge a book by its cover. this book was really really good i would recommend it to everyone in the whole world. i never like reading but this book was something else very interesting and you are a very good author so no matter how many nagative comments you got don’t worry about it just keep your head up and keep doing what you do and don’t let your haters get in the way of you good deeds.

  42. christina
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    ugggh. i have to write a book report on thhis, and how it compared to Anne Frank. :p
    fml.
    lol.

    wellll OMG jeniffer diies !!!! ):
    i didnt finish reading it but oohmygosh. thats so sad.
    good book tho.
    && i dont like many boooks.

  43. Pierre Stalle
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I really loved this book. The second one wasn’t that much of a good one and could have been done better. But I read it and the rest of the series. It’s a fabulous series and I loved them all. I’m only 12 and it’s easy to understand for me.

  44. Boo
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    This is a profoundly great book! i loved it!!! it made me feel like i was luke going through all of the pain and struggels! this is one of my favorite books and christina i agree!!! lol whoever u r

  45. ** i luv you**
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:27 am

    i have just finished reading the book and i think it is just great but then again i think it is really boring

  46. Corn Chip
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Im not really the kind of persaon who really reads books. In fact I don’t even think I have read a book for a just because reason, and I am 14. I hate books! But when my teacher gave me this book to start a book report I accually liked this one. This is a really good book. If I like a book then it has to be good.

  47. Corn Chip
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I spelled person wrong. I really do need to read more.

  48. maddi
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I HATE THIS BOOK.
    I have to do it for a stupid report.
    And, quite frankly, no offense, but this review didn’t help me worth crap.
    hugs and kisses all around

  49. Caron Bulter
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

    This book was okay…

  50. Caron Bulter
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

    This book was okay…

    R

  51. robert
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    is there a part two with him in hhis new family or does he evnr meet his mom or family watver

  52. johnny
    Posted May 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    CRAPPY BOOK….. good summary

  53. dakota
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    this book is ok jk 8====D it sucks

  54. dakota
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    jk its a good book

  55. ggggggggggggggggggggaaaaaaadghasgfshagdfasdgjkfgasdjfgkasdgfkadsgkfkgasdhfgasjdgf
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    goooooooooooooooood book!

  56. timmy the todlar
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    this book had its ups, and downs but was a “solid read” it had some pretty small words though and did i mention i am 3 years old and berly have teeth, this computer is my moms and im going to get in trouble and probably get lashings by her with a belt

  57. timmy (again)
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    name his puting for stupid if dakota (read backwards)

  58. jose
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    this book is asowm it’s a fab book im in 6th grade and are techer read it to us it was the bome but it is sad he leavs his famaly w/ a fack id and his only frend jen did wen the polis shot her along w/ 40 othrs it is very sad but god all how say it’s dume or boring or stupid or it suks don’t know shet they suke ther stupid ther boring ther dume and crasy the ather is a very talented rider i liked it and it’s hard for me to like a book maddi and hater are retared for hating the book its asome thy rely don’t know aniting abaut books it is asome kep you’r hed up and continu who ever rote this sumary and book rook !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! asowm book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  59. Posted August 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    i didnt read it but the summary sound good

  60. Posted September 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    jose……i noo ur spanish or mexican but please write in english

  61. Posted September 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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  62. alexisss
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    ugh, i need short summaries for the rest of the book starting at chapter 17… i can’t finish this boring book…

  63. idk
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    this book wasn’t very good… the summary will save u wasted time so u don’t have2 read it.

  64. Bell
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 2:09 am

    this is the best book ever cant even imagine how people cant love it awsome!!!

  65. Elijah
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have to read this for a book report but i dont like the book so this is verry helpful so idont have to read that much

  66. Posted December 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    this is good info for my book report!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. josh
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 12:44 am

    i need somone to post a spoiler of this book

  68. Posted March 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  69. mariiana
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

    this book is alsome the best but i have to write a book report of this omg is so hard

  70. Adria
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

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  71. swagg me out
    Posted September 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    THIS BOOK SUCKS BALLS !!!!

  72. cheergirl1000
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    this is really good!! :) i love the book everyone should read this summary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

  73. Posted November 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    it is a really good book what im saying its great

  74. Posted November 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This book is very interesting and i think everyone should read it:)

  75. DANIELLE
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    i love it toooo !!

  76. kim
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    it was ok it was a little boring in the middle of the book but other then that it was outstanding

  77. tthtetgegtg
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    its an alright book……but doesn’t have much action.

  78. Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Ight that was a good book i guess :P

  79. Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    .:P

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