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Shadow Children (Boxed Set): Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons
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Shadow Children (Boxed Set): Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons

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by Margaret Peterson Haddix
 

Imagine a world where families are allowed only two children. Illegal third children — shadow children — must live in hiding. If they are discovered, there is only one punishment: Death.
Among the Hidden
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
An American Booksellers Association

Overview

Imagine a world where families are allowed only two children. Illegal third children — shadow children — must live in hiding. If they are discovered, there is only one punishment: Death.
Among the Hidden
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
An American Booksellers Association Kids' Pick of the List
Among the Impostors
International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice
Among the Betrayed
An America Library Association Quick Pick
International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choice

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Booklist Among the Betrayed
Plenty of suspense...lots of thrilling twists and turns.

School Library Journal Among the Barons
Haddix is a superb storyteller and her view of a future world...is both scary and plausible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689033674
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Shadow Children Series
Edition description:
Boxed Set
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
7.82(w) x 5.06(h) x 2.17(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing 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.

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Shadow Children: Among the Hidden/Among the Impostors (Shadow Children Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Jersey_Mike More than 1 year ago
I was recommended 'Among the Hidden' by my wonderful 8th grade English teacher. I took it out of spite and as soon as I began to read it I couldn't put it down. It's a fast-paced novel that keeps you reading till the very end. It's well-written, intense, disturbing, and uplifting. As soon as I finished reading I had to find the others. I wanted to know the rest of the story. Which are all very well-written novels for any age. I would recommend the series to anyone, and always do.

Now the box set only comes with the first four books of the series. You will also need to buy Among the Brave, Among the Enemy, and Among the Free.

Though I'm giving the box set five stars I do want to mention that the series is intense and disturbing. It might scare younger children. It brought a huge amount of fear to me-- even scarier since I am a third child myself.
gibby15 More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading the first book in the shadow children series it was called Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It was about a young boy Luke who was a shadow child. He is a 3rd child who has never been to school or meet anyone but his brothers and parents because of the population police. But, he always goes outside and plays in the woods until one day they cut them down to built, a huge neighborhood. So, now he live in an attic and one day he looked out a window and a light went on (when everyone was at school and work) so he looked every day and the light went on. So, one day Luke went over there and there was a 3rd child named Jen and the became best friends, and one day Jen decided to do rally to make 3rd children legal with other third children but Luke didn't go. For days Luke waited for her so he went over there and none was there. What happened? The positives of this book were that there was a really good ending and it made you want to read the next book in the series. Also, I like this book because it kinda shows you what being an only child home alone feels like because Luke was always by himself because either his parents were working, or his brothers were at school. The negatives of this book are that it started out really slow for the first 1-55 pages. Also, what was very weird wads the relationship with him and his family. It was very weird and usually. I also didn't like that because Jen was rich see got foods that other people weren't allowed to have even if they could afford it. The writing style of Margareta was very weird because she varied her chapter lengths a lot. The author changed the length of her sentences a lot to make the book more complex. She also used similes and metaphors to keep the picture in your mind. She also didn't really use big words she used mostly simple words. I would really recommend this book to anyone that doesn't know what being an only child is like. Its also very exciting and keeps you wanting more. I would also recommend this book to anyone who has to do a science fiction book report because it's a great read and you can actually have fun with a book report. GREAT BOOK!!! There is a series of these book like: Among The Imposters, Among the Enemy, and Among The Betrayed. That is one of the best books I ever read and you should read it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series keeps you on your toes!! I read this entire series in 2 weeks i just kept going to the public library and i'm pretty sure everyone there knew me. This series just gets better with each book. Luke is a very shy boy who turns out to be a hero. With many obsticales to face and friends to meet Luke becomes the perfect character that anyone will like I'm a girl and i loved this book i recommended it to all of my friends and we started a book club with this series it got us all readig a new book every day or every week. It makes shy people feel powerful and gives not shy people a look from a shy persons point of view I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to just read a book!!!!!!!!!!
ReesieKF More than 1 year ago
This series is very thrilling, breath-taking and interesting. I love how each book, a different person is telling their own story and own dilemma, but it still keeps the old characters in the book. I think the main plot of these books is very creative and fasinating. Just picturing yourself having to live under a diffferent persons name and having to hide from society makes this book a must-read book for anyone who loves a good interesting book. I hope more people regoinize Haddix and her amazing stories.
aquaDM More than 1 year ago
It is heart breaking to think that places like this could really still excist. You get very attached to all of the children.
melvinlms More than 1 year ago
Im 13 years old and i love this book. its a mysteries book. While i was reading among the hidden i did not want to stop reading even when i wanted to. In this book the parents can only have 2 children but this parents had 3. If the population police finds out they will take him away. one day he saw his new neighbors' 2 sons and there daughter in the window. IF you want to know what happens just read the book and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. You never know what’s going to happen next and this book always has you at the edge of your seat. For example, When Luke was home alone one day, he was looking out of his bedroom window and witnessed another girls face in the sports families (the neighbors) house; even though everyone was supposedly gone. After he became very close with Jen , she decided to make a plan to go to the rally. Luke knew it was a very bad idea so he told her he would not be able to go. Later that night, Jen snuck over to Luke's to apologize for her behavior earlier. The next morning , he comes to find out something very tragic. At the end of this story, Luke gets a fake I.D to cover up who he really is and moves away from his family. I found this very shocking and wanted to know right away what happened to him. I recommend this book for any ages. It will keep you interested and you will not want to put it down. 
WarPaintSara More than 1 year ago
amazing book. you'll never want to put it down you're always interested and things are always happening. Its never boring
T_Hayse More than 1 year ago
I read this story back in Middle school, out of order too! I bought it because I remember ti being a good story and it did not disappoint. I recommend for preteen ages.
sheezyp More than 1 year ago
This book really made me think about government and the decisions they make for us. This book was really an example of extreme control, but it makes you wonder what could happen if we as citizens were not more aware of policy. There are a few twists in this book that keep you reading, just when you think you have it figured out something always changes!
polymerclaygal-101 More than 1 year ago
i love this book it is about a boy who is a thrird clild and his town has these cops they are population cops and if they find them he dies but over all i LOVE this book one of my FAVS
colemanstudent-BVT More than 1 year ago
I really LOVED this book because, it has perfect deatel ! i could not put this book down !
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sjr11 More than 1 year ago
This book is okay I really to be honest did not like the ending of the book as much as I hoped it to be.The ending was kind of happy but I thought there was going to be more action that what happened. oh well I kind of impressed in the middle of the book because I thought that he was going to stay by his self all the time like he could not go any where.but it turned out that he got to have his freedom at the end of the book if you want to know more you are just going to have to read the book your self and see what happened and why I thought that there was going to be more action at the end of the book. I think that this book fits 6th through 8th and up because it has a couple of thing that some little kinda might not under stand.Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 58 years old and I read all of these. Absolutely loved them. Wish this series had gone on a lot longer.
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Bought this set for my 12 year old neice. She was thrilled!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Among the Hidden is an amazing book. It has a great plot and an awesome theme. If you read this book definitely read the series! It has a very suspenseful thriller. When Luke finds Jen, his life and view from the world changes. It's my favorite book/series of all time.
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