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Contributor(s): Haddix, Margaret Peterson

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ISBN: 0689857993     ISBN-13: 9780689857997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2007

Annotation: To conclude her bestselling Shadow Children series, Haddix revisits Luke Garner, an illegal third-born in a futuristic society that allows only two children per family.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Freedom; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Science fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007016066
Lexile Measure: 810
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Shadow Children
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.30 lbs) 194 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106210
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q39904
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 12.0
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Publisher Description:

Luke Garner is a third-born in a restrictive society that allows only two children per family. Risking his life, he came out of hiding to fight against the Population Police laws. Now, in the final volume of Margaret Peterson Haddix's suspenseful Shadow Children series, Luke inadvertently sets off a rebellion that results in the overthrow of the government. The people are finally free. But who is in charge now? And will this new freedom be everything they had hoped?

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
In the Shadow Children series finale, readers return full circle to Luke Garner, hero of the first book. Luke has infiltrated the tyrannical military, but his unplanned act of defiance sparks a popular rebellion, forcing him into the open at last. Haddix's swift adventure doesn't resolve every story line of the previous volumes but still offers a satisfyingly hopeful, open-ended conclusion. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Review 2006 August)

Gr 5-9 This final installment in the set focuses on illegal third-child Luke, who has been working undercover in the Population Police stables with the hope of somehow helping to topple the oppressive regime. After being handpicked for a special chore by government officials, Luke and several other boys are loaded into a van and driven through the gates of headquarters and out into the world. All of the country's citizens are being issued new identification cards and they are told to knock on every door and summon the terrified people to a mandatory assembly. But one woman's steely refusal to comply kick-starts a revolution in which Luke is destined to play a critical role. Haddix's storytelling hums along quickly, if somewhat predictably. She relies a bit too heavily on stock dialogue and caricatures; change the name of the evil empire in command, for instance, and lines like The Population Police will prevail could have been written for any number of government goons in practically any futuristic novel. That said, this is a light, easy read that delivers what it promises. Fans of the series won't be disappointed.Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC

[Page 120]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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