Mom tell me the truth about my age. How old am I really?
Luke Garner is a 12 year old boy. He has 2 older brothers (Matthew and Mark)and is the third child. He must hide from the government. Although we do not know what will happen if he gets caught, we know it won't be good. Workers started cutting down trees. Luke had lost his freedom because of this and had to stay inside for the safety of him and his family.
Can you please sit on the bottom of the steps from now on to eat sweetie.
But why mom?
Luke birthday party comes. He soon realizes he's been six years for a few years and wants to know the truth why he really needs to hide. His mom used to say he was way to young to go outside but his curiosity took over him. She told him about how the government does not allow 3 children in a family and he is shocked. The law is called the population law. Over population can cost stravation.
Luke thought about what would happen to him if he was ever found. His dad always told him to stay away from the windows and he knows why. Luke later went into his room/the attic and looked around. He sound found a little vent to look out of and it worked perfectly. It was his first time seeing moving people besides his family. He was shocked because he was so used to books and non moving characters
''Honey, I need a job.'' We don't have enough money to pay the tax bill because we had to get rid of our hogs.''
What, no mom you cant. Ill be all alone in the house. Who am I going to play with
In this chapter Luke's mom insisted he sit at the bottom of the steps away from his family because workers could get see him through the kitchen window and get suspicious
The family received a curt order telling them they must sell their hogs. The letter was from the government. Also we found out that Luke's extended family doesn't know about him.
The tax bill arrived two weeks later and it was a lot of money because it was 3 times more. To pay for the tax bill, Luke's mom had to get a job at the factory. Now Luke is all alone.