Not sure how this rated OK for 9 yr olds, but the scene when kids are killed and they have to mop up the blood before tourists come through the White House is disturbing. NOT for 9 yr olds - maybe 14+?
I love this book and teach it to my 7th graders each year. One of the main characters does die and the students become fairly upset but at the end, they talk about how much they love the book. It keeps their attention through almost all of the book and they don't want to stop reading because each chapter leaves you at a cliff hanger. It is great! I highly recommend it!
I love this book. I read it as a child and now as I go into my last year as an education major I am looking for ways to include it into my lessons. I love the message that if you don't think that something is right than you should try to make that change. I think that this is a great book for parents and children to read together. Encourage your children to discuss what they are reading with you and have them make real life connections. A must read in my book!
Parent of a 7 and 10 year oldWritten by595sfamilyOctober 11, 2009
good for older tweens and up (with good comprehension)
Have read the whole series. Could be intense and suspenseful at times for younger readers. Overall, very well written and geared to encourage children to think about their rights and freedoms and what they really mean and if they are worth fighting/standing up for. Finally, it was pleasantly free of things to concern this parent (who is VERY concerned about what is in many books anymore).
i read among the hidden and it was awesome. i am looking farward to reading the other books. i loved this book because it is mysterious and you don't know whats going to happen next. once i picked this book up i couldn't put it down. i just cannot wait to read the other books in the series
i am 20 years old and i am a mother of two daughters and one day im going to read these books with them for many ressons . i was in 7th grade when my teacher ms.miller introduced me to this set of books and everyday she felt me and the other students wanting more to the point were most of us bought the book just to read at home . we where ese students special ed. if u may and we were not strong on reading but because of these books we finally wanted to read so if u have a child that is having trouble with getting in to reading start these books and watch there interest grow. love samantha norvitz
This is an extremely popular series, especially with 6th-7th graders. The story is riveting. It is also shorter than many novels for this grade level so it won't turn children off. There is a brief discussion about bra shopping (it lasts for all of 1 paragraph) but nothing to raise your eyebrows at.
Parent of a 7, 8, 10, and 12 year oldWritten bymomof4anddogAugust 22, 2013
Great book but not appropriate for all kids.
Although I find this book a good read, my concern is that it raises the question to children.. what does population control mean? The book makes reference to abortion, women "getting fixed" to keep from having more children, and IVF as those who have money can afford this procedure in order to have the designer baby they want. There is also a a reference that pregnant women are bad. This book was read to my 10 year old son's class and he comes home talking about the book and how population control is justified because people are hungry. I was forced to have a conversation about how population is controlled to a kid who was just learning that his body will be changing and now I was forced to talk about all the other stuff before he was ready. I read the book and it is a good book but not before middle school. The teacher took the parental control of deciding when my child is ready to know certain information out of my hands.
The main character has a very depressing and gloomy life, with no hope of improvement. In the end the he faces a very challenging situation. He has the opportunity to be free from his imposed confinement, as well as the possibility to positively impact the lives of other people living in his situation. However, choosing to accept this opportunity comes with sacrifice. He evaluates his options with great clarity, makes a decision and finds hope.
This book I thought wasn't the best book. I gave it 5 stars cause of the rest of the series, but this one is I guess good it just took a while to really get into it, but I would read the series if i were u!
Parent of a 11 year oldWritten bySheaMamaAugust 2, 2013
Great and quick read.
This was required for my son to read over the summer and turn in a report on it on his first day of 6th grade. We read the book together, and we both loved it. He asked very age appropriate questions regarding the book and it was a great opportunity to discuss many topics without tension.
My son's review:
The book was really short, easy to read and held my interest. I liked the suspense - Luke struggled to make big decisions. I liked it because it had a really good plot. I enjoyed that it was like a real person, but in an unreal place.
The book told me about violence, but Luke was never involved and the violence was never described in detail.