Among the Hidden:
Luke doesn't have to go to school or do chores outside, like his brothers, but he would say he doesn't get to school or go outside to do chores. He is required to stay hidden, all day, every day. So while his parents are at work, no curtains or windows can open or close, no sounds can be made, and he can never ever be seen by anyone outside the family. The population police forbid him to exist, because he's a third child, and illegal. If anyone saw him, his whole family would be in danger. But if people don't see you, and don't know you, and don't ever talk about you, and you have no idea what the world is like, what kind of life can you have if you are always hiding?
This is an interesting premise, and fairly scary without being graphically violent. Details like Luke's brothers being protective and also sort of resentful help create the day to day drudgery of Luke's life - his brothers have homework and chores, and playing a board game with Luke is just another chore to them. An interesting book for discussion, and it has wide enough appeal for lots of independent readers.
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