Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998
Twelve-year-old Luke is an outlaw.
In a future world where being a third-born child is a crime punishable by death, Luke lives like a shadow, hiding every time someone comes near his family's farm. Then, when the government builds an upscale housing development next door Luke is sure he will never be allowed to go outside again.
But his family aren't the only ones with a secret to hide.
Among the Hidden is the very best dystopian science fiction for young readers that I have ever come across. Intelligent, suspenseful, with well drawn characters and a chillingly believable setting, this book is one of my favorites. Ages 10 and up.