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Among the Barons is the fourth novel in the shadow children series. This novel is my favorite of all the shadow children series. There is never a dull moment; it is filled with many surprises and a great deal of suspense. In this novel Luke, the main character, is a thi...
Among the Barons is the fourth novel in the shadow children series. This novel is my favorite of all the shadow children series. There is never a dull moment; it is filled with many surprises and a great deal of suspense. In this novel Luke, the main character, is a third child and is forced to hide from the outside world, because being a third child is illegal. The only people he had ever talked to were his mother, father, and two brothers. In this novel Luke gets the chance to live a real life and to break away from the shadows. He gets a fake identity of a boy named Lee Grant, who was killed in a skiing accident outside of the United States. Luke is sent to the Hendrix School for boys. At first Luke is very shy and unaware of how to act around other boys in the school. After a few months Luke becomes more and more comfortable with his surroundings and comes to find that almost all of the children at the Hendrix School were shadow children with fake identities. Luke did not stay comfortable for long. He was informed later that year that Smits, his new brother, was coming to Hendrix. After Smits arrived a chain of events is set off and Luke finds out that the boy he has been pretending to be is no ordinary boy. Luke's new name is one of the biggest names in the United States. Luke is told he must return to the Grant's house. When Luke arrives he is greeted with smiles and laughter, but little does he know the Grants are hiding something under all the glamour. He uncovers the real reason he was given Lee Grants identity and finds himself face to face with the shadows once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Among the Barons is the fourth novel in the shadow children series. This novel is my favorite of all the shadow children series. There is never a dull moment; it is filled with many surprises and a great deal of suspense. In this novel Luke, the main character, is a third child and is forced to hide from the outside world, because being a third child is illegal. The only people he had ever talked to were his mother, father, and two brothers. In this novel Luke gets the chance to live a real life and to break away from the shadows. He gets a fake identity of a boy named Lee Grant, who was killed in a skiing accident outside of the United States. Luke is sent to the Hendrix School for boys. At first Luke is very shy and unaware of how to act around other boys in the school. After a few months Luke becomes more and more comfortable with his surroundings and comes to find that almost all of the children at the Hendrix School were shadow children with fake identities. Luke did not stay comfortable for long. He was informed later that year that Smits, his new brother, was coming to Hendrix. After Smits arrived a chain of events is set off and Luke finds out that the boy he has been pretending to be is no ordinary boy. Luke's new name is one of the biggest names in the United States. Luke is told he must return to the Grant's house. When Luke arrives he is greeted with smiles and laughter, but little does he know the Grants are hiding something under all the glamour. He uncovers the real reason he was given Lee Grants identity and finds himself face to face with the shadows once again.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    The book, Among the Hidden, was written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The story takes place when all third children were illegal and when they had to go hiding. Some were lucky and went into hiding at a school called Hendricks school. During that time things were unjust, a tyranny, and unfair but because of the Hendricks school some of the third children can take fake I.D. and live without bother. The newest kid, Luke, has an I.D. that says Lee Baron. Lee Baron brother is coming to see Lee, who is really Luke. Will Lee's brother notice that Luke really isn't his brother, will he tell that he isn't Lee.

    In this book there are multiple mysteries and they will keep you wondering about the book. Some of them have to do on how the author feels about the character. They're many giveaways to tell if the author likes some of his characters or not. Because Luke does so many risky things such as going into a burning school and saving horrified illegal third children from the fire the author likes Luke. For Smits losing his parents and brother there could be a chance the author feels bad for him. In the book it seems the author take pity for him. For Mr. and Mrs. Grants, it seems the author doesn't like them, considering that a chandelier fell on them.

    There are major characters in this book having major characteristics and some characters are not with the character in the book anymore. One of the characters could have been already dead, such as Lee Grant. Lee Grant was a trouble making kid. He would always be getting into trouble in school by tricking the kids on sabotaging the government without them knowing it. He's also a brave kid for skiing down a mountain armed with guns while the government was chasing him. Lee wasn't doing all of this just for his own pleasure. He was doing it for another major character name Oscar. Oscar is a muscular man. If the corner of your eye took a small glance at him the first thing that would come to mind would be something about him being to buff. He is also Smits Grants body guard but just because he's Smits body guard doesn't mean he doesn't have anything strong against the Grants. Oscar dislikes the grants a full 100%. He's very dedicated on destroying the Grants. He's been trying to do so for a very long time. The biggest main character in the book is Luke. Luke is an illegal third. He goes to Hendricks school known as Lee Grant. Because Luke takes the name Lee, he goes into the biggest mysteries and has to choose between on betraying Smits or to go back into hiding. Smits Grant is a liar. He would always lie about on how his real brother died. He feels abandon because he feels his parents didn't really like him as much as they liked Lee. He is also dangerous and untreatable. He was the one who burned down Hendricks school.

    The biggest events to remember in the book was when Luke figured out Smits was coming over to his brother Lee and Luke was afraid if Smits would tell if Luke really wasn't Lee also when a chandelier fell on top and killed Mr. and Mrs. Grants. The biggest situation was when Luke and Oscar were alone in a sound proof room and Oscar asks him if he was gong to help him get rid of the grants and if so than Smits would take Luke place in death. When the chandelier fell on top of Mr. and Mrs. Grants made the story a bit more realistic because plenty of people die of a falling chandelier rather if it was loose or sabotage. What made this book wort

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    The book Among the Barons is a very good book and is the 4th boo

    The book Among the Barons is a very good book and is the 4th book in the shadow children sequence. It tells of a young boy named Luke who hid from the outside world and couldn’t be seen. Luke was born as a third child and having 3 kids was considered illegal. But in this book Luke got a fake identification card of a kid who was rich but died skiing outside the U.S. The child who died was named Lee Grant and was loved by everyone in his family. Luke with his fake identification card got sent to Hendrix School for boys. After a few days of his stay Smith came to visit him, he was the son of the Baron family came to visit him. The identification card that Luke free from being a third child had originally been a son of the Baron family, which made Smith and him brothers. Smith had arrived with a body guard and was often quarreling with the body guard. They caused so much trouble that they were sent back to the Baron home, but this time Luke came them. That night Luke found out that the real reason that the Baron’s took him in was not for love but to use him and then return in to where he came from. Which means that Luke has to go back into hiding after the Baron’s were done with him. Luke was angry and frustrated, they didn’t understand what it was like to go back into hiding. Where there was no one to talk to or play with, all he could do was hid and not let others know his presence. So he came up with different plans. Read to find out what happened and if he succeeds or not!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Among the Barons

    The book I read was Among the Barons by Margarent Petersom Haddix. The book was about a boy named Luke who was a third child and has to live with a family with Smit, and Mr. and Mrs. Grant. Mr. and Mrs. Grant once had a younger boy named Lee, and while Luke's lived there he is pretending to be Lee, there younger boy that had died. Luke starts going to school while then Smits, Lee¿s real older brother finds out about Luke pretending to be Lee. Luke doesn't know if he can keep the secret or not. One reason why I did like this book was because it was really interesting, and I like to find out what happens next. Also because I've read the other books to the series, and reading this one makes it fun because I get to see Luke doing new things each book. One thing that I did not like about the book was that sometimes it got really confusing. I say that because sometimes I would think about the other books and I would think did that happen in this book or the other ones. I would recommend this book to anyone boy or girl because it's for all age types. I also recommend it to people who like mystery stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    Among people who hate you

    Luke finds out that Smits, Lee¿s brother, is coming to Hendricks. Luke¿s fake name, Lee, is Smits brother¿s name that Luke took to get out of hiding and to enjoy freedom with a fake ID card. When Smits comes, it changes everything because Smits wants the nicest things. Smits tells Luke some things about his brother he does not know if he should believe it or not believe because Smits is one for lying to other people. Then Oscar comes into the picture. Oscar is Smits bodyguard. Oscar tells Luke things about the Grants and Lee that detrudes him and wants to believe him but he cannot. I liked the book Among the Barons because it was fast paced. The book didn¿t slow down. There was no doll moments in the whole book. The setting was always changing. From place to place. I think it went to about five settings. This is why I liked this book because it was fast pace and changed places in the book. Another part I liked about the book was that the problem get changed every once in a while the problem would change to something else. This book is part of a series called Among the Hidden Series. It would be very hard to read and understand this book without reading the books that came before it. This book doesn¿t remind me of any movie that I have watched before.

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