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     Among the Hidden - Adaptive, p.1

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Among the Hidden - Adaptive

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
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.

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