Among the Hidden *****
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
One of my husband's fifth grade students lent us this book to read. It is the first book in the Shadow Children series. It reminded me of the book The Giver. Like in The Giver, families are only allowed to have two children. Luke, the hero, is the third child in his family. He has to stay hidden inside his house at all times for fear of being discovered. Eventually, he has to decide if he is going to risk death to have something he's never had...a friend. And if he is willing to risk his life to help out other third children.
The book is fast paced and kept my attention. It isn't a literary work of art, but it is well-written and brings up a lot of good topics of discussion for kids including discrimination against these third children, self-sacrifice for others, fear, friendship, death, etc.