If my memory serves me correctly, I bought this from Amazon last summer after reading about it on Thrice Read. It makes sense, because I think this book is one that one of them read in anticipation of teaching it to their students.
Regardless, I thought this was a good book to use in a classroom setting, or to encourage reading in general.
It’s definitely a middle-grade book, designed for younger readers. But, as I was explaining it to Al in the car over the weekend, I thought it was one of those books, and series, that could capture the interest of a boy or young man very easily. At the same time, girls could easily be interested in it, too. As an adult woman, I was definitely intrigued by the story.
Luke, the main character, is a hidden child, in a world where things are changing, and not for the better. There’s this force called the Population Police, and Luke’s family is almost living in fear, afraid that Luke will be discovered, and taken away. Luke is watching his family struggle with their farm, as gorgeous, brand-new houses are built behind them.
Why is Luke a “hidden child”? Why is his family so fearful and protective? Will their farm be shut down? What’s going on with all those brand-new houses behind them? And, who are the Population Police?
It’s a quick read – I breezed through the majority of the book within two nighttime reading sessions. I’m not sure I’m going to read the rest of the series, but I highly recommend it for younger readers. It’s a unique story, blended with several real-life themes and elements that readers can easily relate and identify.
4 out of 5 stars.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂
New title to me… do you think kids who like City of Ember would like this book?
Honestly, I haven’t read City of Ember, so I can’t make a good comparison.
It sounds like a neat story…I might check it out of the library sometime
Great idea! I’ll probably donate my copy to my local library – I have a feeling I’ll be taking quite a few donations there once we pick up with cleaning the garage. I figure if I haven’t been worried about it in two years, I probably won’t need it or use it. Haha!
I am so behind on my reading! I really need to get back to it!
Books will always be there! You’ve had a lot going on.
True! Things will eventually calm down, & then I’m taking vacation, even if I don’t go anywhere… I just need a break!
Yes! Mental health days are so worth it, and needed.
Have you read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice?
Nope! I don’t think I’ve heard of it.
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