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Contributor(s): Haddix, Margaret Peterson

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ISBN: 0689839081     ISBN-13: 9780689839085
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Published: October 2002
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Annotation: Luke Garner is an illegal third child. All his life has been spent in hiding. Now, for the first time, Luke is living among others. Then one day Luke discovers a door to the outside. He knows that beyond the walls of Hendricks lie the secrets he is desperate to uncover. What he doesn't know is whom he can trust--and where the answers to his questions may lead him.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fear; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Science fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: BL2002011239
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Shadow Children
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.30 lbs) 192 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 50379
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q25445
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 10.0
 
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Publisher Description:
OUT OF HIDING. INTO DANGER.

Luke Garner is an illegal third child. All his life has been spent in hiding. Now, for the first time, Luke is living among others. He has assumed a deceased boy's identity and is attending Hendricks School for Boys, a windowless building with cruel classmates and oblivious teachers. Luke knows he has to blend in, but he lives in constant fear that his behavior will betray him.

Then one day Luke discovers a door to the outside. He knows that beyond the walls of Hendricks lie the secrets he is desperate to uncover. What he doesn't know is whom he can trust -- and where the answers to his questions may lead him...


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall)
In this sequel to Among the Hidden, Luke--a third child in a society where family size is legally limited to two children--begins attending the Hendricks School for Boys with a new name and identity. There he discovers that several classmates are also ""shadow children"" posing as fellow students. Luke's quest for selfhood is convincingly portrayed in an unusually tense plot. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 September #2)
This sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity. "While Haddix is often able to capture the suspense of her earlier work," wrote PW, "this installment gets mired in too many confusing details." Ages 9-14. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 June #2)
Continuing the story of Luke Garner, a third child born under a futuristic government that only allows two children per family, this sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity. While Haddix is often able to capture the suspense of her earlier work, this installment gets mired in too many confusing details, and the conclusion is flimsy. As Luke's initial bewilderment at Hendricks School for Boys subsides, he begins to notice that some students behave strangely some appear to respond to several different names, and others are constantly holding themselves, rocking. When he discovers a bunch of other "exnays," or third children, meeting in the woods, he hopes that he's finally found a community where he belongs. But Luke is still frightened of being turned over to the Population Police should he trust these kids with his true identity? The descriptions of the school, windowless and built like a labyrinth, combined with accounts of obtuse school staff, give Haddix's story the appropriate nightmarish quality, and readers will understand Luke's constant feelings of anxiety. Other plot points are harder to follow, such as the confusing test the exnays put new kids through to see if they are third children. In the end, Mr. Hendricks, the school's founder, shows up to shed light on all the mysteries, but his explanations are less than believable, and questions left unanswered point too obviously to another sequel. Ages 9-14. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 July)
Gr 5-7-Luke, a third child, hides quietly in his house, eluding the Population Police because he lives in a society in which families are only allowed two children. Now he has a chance to come out of the shadows by taking on an assumed identity and leaving home. This sequel to Among the Hidden (S & S, 1998) has Luke, now Lee, entering the Hendricks School for boys and a completely new existence where he feels lost and confused by his surroundings. He has gone from a furtive solitary existence to one in which he is never alone, from being desperate for company to being hazed by his classmates, particularly his roommate, "the Jackal." Lee learns to cope with the changes before him by escaping through the door to the outside. The story is artfully told with suspense and interesting twists. As Lee's confusion dissipates, readers begin to see what is going on. Lee is a fully realized character, developing courage and a true sense of self. Peripheral characters are not as fully developed, serving solely to further the story. Repeated references to Jen, another third child from the first book and martyr to all third children, may cause readers to wonder what they have missed. By the end of the story, the main character evolves into "L" and the author has created the possibility for another sequel. This compelling read can be enjoyed alone but it's sure to leave readers wanting to know the whole story.-Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
 
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