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by Miriam Halahmy

Trade Binding | 224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436941 | 09-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: EIGHTH | Age: 12 up

Themes: Immigrant Experience, Friendship, Racism & Prejudice, Survival, Middle East Interest, Coming of Age
Recommendations: SLJ, A, C

CCSS Codes:
RL.11-12.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10
L.11-12.4, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
W.11-12.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
SL.11-12.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

About the Book

This Carnegie Medal Nominee is an exciting and thought-provoking novel about a teen who finds an injured illegal immigrant and must make a complex moral decision about his fate.

For fourteen-year-old Alix, life on Hayling Island off the coast of England seems insulated from problems such as war, terrorism and refugees. But then, one day at the beach, Alix and her friend Samir pull a drowning man out of the incoming tide. Mohammed, an illegal immigrant and student, has been tortured by rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces and has spent all his money to escape. Desperate not to be deported, Mohammed's destiny now lies in Alix's hands, and she is faced with the biggest moral dilemma of her life.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Discuss the historical connections in Hidden. Why is this book relevant in today's world? Make connections between ideas from the book and historical events. What did you learn about immigration laws and the plight of asylum seekers from Iraq? RL.9-12.1, 2, 3

2. Why is it important to reflect on the theme in a piece of literature? How did Hidden affect your beliefs or change you as a person? W.9-12.4, 9/ RL.9-12.2

3. Discuss how both Mohammed and Samir come out of hiding as the story's plot unfolds. RL.9-12.1/SL.9-12.1, 4

4. Analyze how Alix changes from the beginning to the end of the story. Discuss how her actions, thoughts and feelings reveal her story. RL.9-10.3

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Educator's Guide featuring Instructional Standards.