Among the Hidden: Shadow Children, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

A forbidden child hides from Population Police.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 98 reviews

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age 8+

Great book! The whole series is awesome!

I have read this whole book series to my classes throughout the years. Most third and fourth graders can handle the material in this book series if it is presented in the correct way. This series gives teachers a chance to bring in global awareness with other countries that have/have had population laws and is a great teaching point to explain how governments around the world are different. It also shows that children can make a difference if they work hard and it is for the right reasons. It does have action in it that can be considered scary, however I feel like it is age appropriate for 8+. My daughter (who was 7 at the time) loved having me read this to her, and loved listening in when I'd read it to my class. I highly recommend this book and the whole series!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 13+


I’m leaving this review for teachers who are considered using this for a classroom read! Please reconsider. I’m an adult now in my twenties, but in 6th grade my teacher read this out loud to me and my class. The content was traumatizing to me, I was constantly living in a state of fear while reading this book. I did not tell anyone because I was embarrassed and didn’t want the other kids or teacher to think I was being a baby. Kids all mature at different levels and I really think this book is too graphic for elementary school students.

This title has:

Too much violence

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