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Contributor(s): Haddix, Margaret Peterson (Author)

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ISBN: 0689857950     ISBN-13: 9780689857959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2005

Annotation: In a futuristic society that allows only two children per family, some "Shadow Children," illegal third-borns, 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
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2012418682
Lexile Measure: 750(Not Available)
Series: Shadow Children Books
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5.1" W x 7.6" (0.35 lbs) 229 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 78248
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
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Publisher Description:
A Reluctant Hero

Trey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.

At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But just when it looks like he's close, Trey suddenly finds himself in danger of exposing not just himself but all shadow children.

Contributor Bio(s): Haddix, Margaret Peterson: - Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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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