Among the Hidden: Author, Series & Genre

Instructor: Rachel Noorda
This lesson discusses the author, genre, and series of 'Among the Hidden'. When you have finished this lesson, you'll know more about Margaret Peterson Haddix, young adult dystopian novels, and the Shadow Children series.

Introduction to Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden is a novel about Luke Gardner, a twelve-year-old who should not have been born. Luke lives in a world where there are rules about how many children people can have. People are only supposed to have two children and any other children will be killed. But Luke is the third child so he has to hide so that no one knows he exists. One day, he meets another third child, Jen Talbot. Jen wants to do something, to protest to the government so that third children shouldn't have to hide. But Luke is scared and does not go with her. Jen is shot in the protest, and Luke has to go back into hiding. Given the chance to become Lee Grant, a child that died, he takes it but must live away from his family.

Author of Among the Hidden

The author of Among the Hidden is Margaret Peterson Haddix. Haddix grew up in Ohio. She has two brothers and one sister. Her dad was a farmer and her mom was a nurse, but they were both avid readers and taught their kids to be avid readers. Haddix majored in creative writing, journalism and history in college, and she worked for many years as a journalist for newspapers. She met and married her husband, Doug, who was also a journalist, when they were in college. After leaving journalism, Haddix decided to write novels and start a family. She has a daughter and a son.

Haddix is the author of more than 30 books for children. Most of her books are written for either young adult (12 to 18 years old) or middle grade readers (8-12 years old). Her major series are the Shadow Children series, the Palace Chronicles, the Missing series, Under the Skin series, and 39 Clues series. She also has several standalone books.

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