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Contributor(s): Haddix, Margaret Peterson

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ISBN: 0689857942     ISBN-13: 9780689857942
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2004

Annotation: In a futuristic society that allows only two children per family, some "Shadow Children," illegal third-borns, are trying to take a stand. Luke Garner has been imprisoned by the Population Police, and it's up to fearful Trey to take charge--even though he has no idea what to do.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2003009602
Lexile Measure: 750
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Shadow Children
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.70 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 78248
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q36566
Reading Level: 6.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
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Publisher Description:
In the aftermath of a crisis that threatens the safety of all shadow children -- illegal third-borns in a society that allows only two children per family -- Trey's friends expect him to take charge -- a function he doesn't want or think he can do.

Trey's new role leads him to travel with Luke Garner's brother, Mark, to Population Police headquarters. There he impersonates an officer to try to rescue Luke, who has been taken prisoner. The nonstop adventure puts all three boys in danger and risks exposing the underground movement to help all shadow children.

In this, the fifth book in the Shadow Children series, Margaret Peterson Haddix returns to the futuristic setting and compelling characters she created in "Among the Hidden." With an adrenaline-fueled plot and surprising twists, Haddix has again crafted a story that is suspenseful until the last page.

Contributor Bio(s): Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many memorable novels for young readers, including Escape from Memory, Because of Anya, Takeoffs and Landings, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Turnabout, and Running Out of Time. Among the Brave is the fifth book in a sequence about "shadow children" that began with Among the Hidden. Her work has been honored with the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers citations, and forty state readers' choice lists. Margaret graduated from Miami University with degrees in creative writing, journalism, and history and has worked as a newspaper reporter and a community college instructor. She lives with her husband, Doug, and their children, Meredith and Connor, in Columbus, Ohio.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall)
Trey, an illegal third child in a society that only permits two children per family, pretends to be a member of the Population Police in order to save an imprisoned friend. Trey's many fears and lack of courage are overemphasized throughout the first half of the novel. Those not well versed in the series' prior events and characters will find this rather convoluted story impossible to follow. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 April #4)
Fifth in the Shadow Children series, which began with Among the Hidden, Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix centers on third child Trey, who must rescue Mark and Luke Garner from the Population Police. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 June)
Gr 5-8-This fifth book about third-born children who must go into hiding to avoid elimination picks up where Among the Barons (S & S, 2003) ended. The ruthless head of the Population Police has taken over the government, and executions are common. Trey has gone to Mr. Talbot's home seeking help to rescue Luke and his other third-born friends just as the man is taken away in handcuffs. Desperate, he teams up with Luke's older, more reckless brother, Mark, to try to find the others. Mark is caught and Trey enlists in the Population Police, his only hope of freeing him. To escape, the boys make a deal with a resistance member disguised as a guard to rescue a prisoner from another torture camp. The prisoner turns out to be none other than Mr. Talbot, who headed the resistance movement. Mark and Trey are able to rescue their friends, but are unable to help the guard who helped them. The adults are ready to give up but the third-born children vow to keep up the fight. Even though elements of the plot seem timeworn and not all of it is plausible, this book provides a fast and wild ride that will appeal to reluctant readers. Once again, Haddix makes real how hard ordinary and not-so-ordinary actions would be for kids who've spent most of their lives hidden away. Although this installment could be read on its own, this series works best when read in sequence.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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