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Among the Hidden



By: Margaret Peterson HADDIX













Chapter 1



Luke is a boy who lived in the woods with



his mother, father, and two brothers. His





brothers’, Matthew and Mark were both



older than he was. One day as Luke was



outside playing, he watched a tree fall. His





mom yelled, “Come in the house now”!



When he got inside he thought to himself, “I



might not ever get to go outside again in my





life”. Luke wanted to know why his parents



was selling the woods. The woods was the



one place he was allowed to go and play on



most days. When Matthew and Mark would



go to school, Luke’s mom would let him go



outside and play in the woods as long as no





one was around. See, Luke had to live an



invisible life. The only people that knew



about him, was his mom, dad, and two





brothers. No one was allowed to talk about

Luke

him, or even mention his name when they



went outside. He was never to be seen by





other people. When people would come to



their house, Luke had to run fast upstairs



and hide, and his mom would rush to put





away everything that belong to Luke. No



one was never to know that he lived there.



Luke always knew he was different, but he





did not know why. Luke loved the woods





and was happy when he was able to go



outside. and play. For this reason, he had to





know why. One day, the family was sitting



at the kitchen table, Luke asked his question.



“Why are you selling the woods”? His dad



tried to explain to him, that the government,



those people that control the city, made them





do it. Luke didn’t like the government



because he felt like all the government did,



was yell at people and tell them what they



can and cannot do. Luke got up from his





chair, and went to the window to look





outside. He tried to imagine rows of houses





where the trees use to be. This made Luke



ask another question? “So when people start



to move in, will I have to stop looking out of



the window”? Luke’s dad, hit his hand on



the table very hard. This question made him



angry and sad all at the same time. He yelled



at Luke and said “You are not to be looking





out the window starting right now”! Luke







always wondered what would happen to him if someone ever saw him.









Chapter 2



The laws, rules made by the government,



was the reason why Luke had to be in





hiding. There was a law that said “families



can only have two children”. It was called



the population law. The population law meant that you can only have a certain





amount of people in a certain area. They



even had the Population police to enforce



the law. For example, if the police found out



that a family was getting ready to have a

3rd

third child, the family was told they could



not have the baby. So when Luke’s mom



found out she was pregnant with him she





kept it a secret. This made things very



different for the family. His brothers



couldn’t have friends over to play. They





couldn’t have a birthday party with their



friends either, because the parents’ feared



other people would find out about Luke and





tell the population police. This sometimes



made his brothers angry with him. Because



new people were going to be moving in,





Luke was not going to be able to help



with the outside chores. His brothers would make smart remarks to him about not



helping with the chores. Their mom would



tell the boys Stop being mean to Luke,



because it was not his fault that he wasn’t



allowed to help do some of the chores. Luke





didn’t really understand the law and thought



things would change when he got older.



He wanted to be to go to school, have



friends, and play outside just like his other





6th

two brothers did. On Luke’s sixth birthday





his mom made him a cake. As he was



staring at his cake, he had begun to think

6th

about Mark’s sixth birthday. Mark



6th

complained a lot on his sixth birthday,



because he wanted to have friends over and



was told no. This just made Luke want to



ask his mom why. He wanted to know why



he was so different from his brothers and



why he had to hide when people would





come over to their house.



Several days after his birthday Luke decided



to ask his mother the one question that had





been bothering him. Mom, he says, “When



will people be able to see me”? His mother





was standing at the sink washing dishes. She



dried her hands and said “can’t you just



accept the fact that you are different?” This



just made Luke ask, but “Why am I different





from my brothers?” his mom began to



explain to him, that when she was pregnant,



she was very happy. She also wanted to





show him off to everyone because she felt



that he was a miracle to their family. Luke,





began to feel confused and sad because, all



he could remember was that his mom would



hid him when people would come around.







His mother continued to explain to him, how



him being hidden was not as bad as he



thought. He was always able to be outside



playing in the woods, climbing the trees



when no one was around. He was allowed to



go into the farm and play with the baby



pigs while his brothers were at school. He





even got special hugs, and reading time with



his mother when the brothers were not



around.





Luke was starting to feel like being invisible



wasn’t so bad after all. That is until they



took the woods away from them.
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