Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden is the first of a seven book series, entitled the ‘Shadow Children’. Set in the future, Haddix’s novel paints an oppressive, dictatorial society that forbids families from having more than two children, a law enforced by the Population Police. Among the Hidden centers on Luke, an illegal third child, who is forced into an even more secluded life when the woods by his home are cut down to make way for new housing. Under an increased fear of getting caught, Luke is further confined to his family’s darkened attic, and grows increasingly lonely until he spots a face in the window of a nearby house. Knowing the house already has four tenants, Luke sneaks out to investigate, and meets Jen, another third child, a fiery and forceful personality, who pulls him into the underground world of shadow children looking to have their voices heard. Haddix’s popular novel is a wonderful introduction to this futuristic world, and a compelling reflection on the importance of freedom, and the repercussions when this privilege is forcibly removed.