Youth Book Club Kit Questions Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Youth Book Club Kit Questions
Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  1. The author doesn’t specify the setting for Among the Hidden. Where do you think it takes place? When do you think it takes place?

  1. Luke’s family is terrified of the government. Why? What are some of the tactics the government employs to make ordinary families like his feel powerless?

  1. Explore Luke’s relationship with his brothers and his parents. How close are they? How trusting? Does Luke have more in common with Jen than with his own family? Why or why not?

  1. How are the “barons” different from families like Luke’s?

  1. The Internet made it possible for Jen and Luke to connect with other hidden children. It helped them build a community of peers. Do you use the Internet to connect with people who share interests with you? What does your on-line community look like?

  1. Why did Jen organize the march on the President’s house? Do you think she knew she was going to die? Was she being noble? Was she being foolish? Luke decides not to follow her. What would you have done?

  1. Jen is a third child, but her stepfather is a member of the Population Police, the brutal organization devoted to discovering people like her and bringing them to harsh justice. Discuss his character. Is he a villain, a hero, or both?

  1. Why do you think Jen’s stepfather risks his life to help Luke?

  1. The last time Luke saw Jen, he told her, “It’s people like you who change history. People like me – we just let things happen to us.” What does this mean? Are you a person who makes things happen or are you a person who watches things happen?

  1. What would happen to your family if third children and beyond were outlawed? Would you have been born?

  1. Among the Hidden is fiction, but in china, there is a law that strictly limits family size. Why might a real country do this? Do you agree or disagree with the policy?

  1. You are the chief propaganda officer of the Population Police. Create a bumper sticker or billboard reminding ordinary citizens that third children are against the law. What would you say?

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