Among the Enemy (Shadow Children Series #6)

Among the Enemy (Shadow Children Series #6)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Among the Enemy (Shadow Children Series #6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matthias is under constant scrutiny, and he has no idea whom he can trust. What can one boy do against a wicked bureaucracy?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689857973
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/22/2006
Series: Shadow Children Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 51,811
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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

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Among the Enemy (Shadow Children Series #6) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 140 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and i love the books! This book is an awesome thrill and great things on every page!
Don Brown More than 1 year ago
It was so sad and depressing, i felt like i wanted to cry. Margert really makes the. book come alive. she makes me feel like i am the character, and also i feel their emotions too.
Jacob-Brummett More than 1 year ago
This is the 6th book in the series about "shadow children" (illegal third children) and begins with a character change from the last book. The main character is Matthias, a young boy who was living at a special school that was used to disguise shadow children and allow them to live legally. The population police (a group organized to make sure that third children are not allowed to live) came to the school looking for new recruits. As they drove away, Matthias and his friends escaped into the wilderness and began to make their way to the headmaster of another school. Along the way, Alia (a young girl that Matthias grew up with) and Percy (another lifetime friend of Matthias) are injured. As Matthias tries to help them through the woods he decides to leave them in a log cabin and try to find help. Eventually he gets to his destination, but is ambushed upon trying to rescue his friends. He rescues a population police officer who drives him back to their headquarters, not realizing that he is a third child. He signs Matthias up as an officer, and he quickly becomes known to the other members for saving his life. Just as he is getting used to the environment at HQ, the officer he saved dies. During the following weeks he learns how he can save the third children. After awhile he and one of his friends at HQ set out to destroy a warehouse that held the ID cards of the entire country. He blacks out soon after and awakens to being told that everyone is practically free and that he has to go to the cabin he had headed for in the first place. When he arrives he is greeted by his friends and is told that they will recover and then strike back at the population police. This is a great book filled with action and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you dont have anywhere to go today because this book is all you will be focused on! I love this series! WARNING! READ THE BOOKS FROM BOOK ONE OR YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND SQUAT....
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Hilmer Guevara More than 1 year ago
look at the headline i mean come on but you dont get the same effect if u dont read the entire series i did but i kept thinking what would happen if i just skipped the entire series and read this book alone i realize it wouldnt b the same
Ryan Drvenkar More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good book
SasquatchMH More than 1 year ago
Introduction: Mathias is a third born child which in this time is illegal! He hides in the shadows and tries to stay and unpopular in school as possible because if they find out he's a third born child he will be killed or inprisoned by the population police. He and his friend Ali have one objective only. To survive so they can stop the population police and their horrors once and for all. Description and summary of main points: During a raid on Mathias's school , in the moment he saves a highly regarded population police commander. The commander is so grateful he takes him to the population police headquarters to train to be an offficer him self. Mathias took advantage of this and decided he could destroy the population police from the inside! While he trains he meets one of his old friends Ninna who inlisted into the population police to help take it down. Mathias is always under constent scrutiny, he has no idea whom he can trust. Evaluation: Margerat Peterson Haddix is an amazing author. She made the scenes in this book with action just thrilling, but she made the scenes without action even better! That takes much talen to do, which most others can't. Margerat Peterson Haddix has much potential and as an author my self I do believe she can do great things in the world of literature. Conclusion: This is an intriging book for almost all ages! Everyone will enjoy this book if you like suspense filled, thrilling tells filled with action and emotion! This book really spoke to me. It was so thrilling I couldn't put it down . It is just one of those books that once you start reading it your hooked until the end. Your final review: I will give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I do believe she could have made this book a little better, but still this book is amazing and I loved it and I hope u will love it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. All of Haddix's books are amazing, but this one is my favorite out of the Shadow Children series. My two favorite characters from all of the books were Nina and Matthias. I loved how they worked together in this book. Personally, I would have enjoyed a little bit of romance between the two, I think it would have made the book a little bit more interesting. But, thats just me. Nina becomes a lot more serious in this book. And, unlike Among the betrayed, Nina actually stopped thinking about Jason. Matthias really becomes more aware of the situation as well. Overall, this book is amazing!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The main characters were well detailed and easy to understand. The author painted pictures of how the characters looked by the way she described them. The plot kept me interested with the twists and turns, such as the double-agents. The details of the settings could have been better, they felt boring. The different setting could have been more throughly detailed, such as colors, locations, and sounds. I would suggest this book to a student who likes suspense and and action. A person who likes drama may also enjoy this novel. A person who only reads sports books or likes boring, happy books, may not like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trey is left to fend for himself after the limo driver decides to drive away. He goes to Luke¿s house expecting to find Luke but, he only found Mark. Trey and Mark decide to go out into the war torn land to find Luke and his friends. They are challenged repeatedly at everything they do. When Mark is captured Trey is left on his own. What will Trey do? Find out in the fast pace adventure. I liked the book really well. The book had good rhythm and action. This book is part of a series called The Among Series. The books shouldn¿t be read out of order. The book doesn¿t remind me off any television show or movie. A girl or a boy would enjoy this book. The age would be about ten to sixteen years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate reading, but this series and the lost children serise got me back on i cant belive i read book 5in one night. Thats a record for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the beggining 5 of this series and I have heard TONS of good reveiws for this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Its inly the begginning of the school year and I already read it. I spent 3 hrs reading it on the weekend and I'm only 11.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series so much and Mathias is my favorite character. Percy and Alia are cool too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have not read this book or amonge the free but sense i read the other's i beat this and among the free is of the chang
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am writing my book review on Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. In this story, Matthew, who is an illegal third child, has to find medicine for his brother and sister. On his way, he sees a Population Police officer, who is supposed to find and kill third children. To stay alive, Matthew says that he is going to sign up for the Population Police and the officer takes him to their headquarters. He then meets other third children that are working there to sabotoge the Population Police from the inside and decides to help, while still trying to help his siblings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I've ever read. I mean, I've read every single Shadow Children's Book except for the 7th one. I cannot wait to read it. This book though, was full of THRILL, EXCITEMENT, DREAD, and it keeps you HOOKED. It did for me. I just got it yesterday morning and i finished it today around 3. I love her books, and The Shadow Children Series is my favorite series I've ever read. Read them You won't regret it :]
Guest More than 1 year ago
The long awaited book from Margaret Haddix Peterson has finally arrived! The next book in the ¿Among The Hidden¿ stories, also referred as the Shadow Children Stories, is the best one yet! The story goes to the life of Matthias, Percy, and Alia, illegal third children who¿ve been abandoned. They try to keep hidden from Population Police, who pledge to kill any illegal third child and anyone else who tries to stop them. With the help of Nina, another third child, the trio were able to escape a prison. With the help of Mr. Talbot, a former-population police officer who wanted to sabotage it who also had a third child that sacrificed her life to organize a protest against the population police, Mr. Hendricks who ran a school of illegals and Trey, an older third child, will they be able to do it again? Although this book may be extremely fast moving it could be a good thing since because of it every second in full of suspense. At his new school, Matthias was awakened to another surprise, although he was used to surprises. Population Police had arrived at his school to take away all the children. The officers however, spoke about them ¿having another chance¿ and there being a new president that gives third children another chance. Matthias, Percy and Alia find out they¿re being sent to a work camp and knew they had to escape even quicker than before. He was able to find a nail and get himself and Alia past the strap around them but there wasn't enough time to get Percy out. Hoping it would stall time, he threw it in an opening to a tire. At first it seemed like he threw away his only piece of fate left, but then the truck crashed into a tree. Alia was unconscious and hit in the head by a tree as others lay in pain. Worrying about Alia Matthias grabs her and Percy and escapes. Matthias came across a log cabin but when he walked toward it he heard gunshots and Percy had disappeared. It was a battle between Population Police ¿rebels¿ or people who protest against the Population police and the police themselves. After killing the 16 rebels and securing the cabin they left, Percy still nowhere to be seen. Past all the blood in the cabin was a small trapped door which Matthias though was nothing. It turned out to be a secret compartment and while looking for medicine, Matthias finds the fake i.d.s the rebels were hiding. He leaves Alia and his friend Percy who was shot in the crossfire to find Mr. Talbot and Hendricks miles away. When he finally made it and drove back to the cabin, his friends were gone but instead he found a man in the tree giving him signals to leave. At that same moment 3 population police officers were shot and Matthias accidentally saved the third one and drove away. The officer happened to be high ranking and like a son to the commander. Without thinking, Matthias responds to Ted¿s question with ¿I came to join the population police,¿ and Ted made sure to tell the commander. The story got out quick and on his first day of sabotage he was the most popular officer-in-training there. The food they had there was amazing but the thing that caught his eye was Nina, working with the kitchen. They had secret meetings in a silver bathroom and when Ted finds him there, he dies of a poisoned fake i.d. he had confiscated. While the commander thinks Matthias mourns for Ted he actually mourns for the only thing that gave him hope, the things that are now dead, Alia and Percy. Eventually he gets his spirit back and makes plans with Nina as soon as he hears about two projects that will be able to tell a real or fake i.d. just by scanning it. He and other officers who joined to sabotage Population Police headquarters go to a warehouse where the i.d.s were kept. They planned to blow it up but Matthias figured out why the rebels didn¿t already plant a bomb: They kept all the food in the same warehouse. The only option is to sneak in and take the food, then get out before the place blows! For those of you who have already read ot
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third children and all of their allies are getting closer to their freedom! This is a MUST READ in the series!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in the Shadow Children Series and they are GREAT! Each book keeps on edge and makes you feel like you are one of the characters in the books. If you start reading a book you dont want to read it for a couple of days and then wait for a couple of weeks to read it somemore,because these books are the kind of books that you need to go right through. The Shadow Children Books arent only for children but can also be read by adults. My teacher has gotten almost all of my peers to read these books and most of them have found them appealing!
sandrabrazier 10 months ago
Mathias was a third child during a time when when third children were illegal. When he and his friends escape the population police, Mathias accidentally saves the life of one population police officer. Regarded as a hero, he is treated like a son by the commander and is enrolled as an officer himself. There he meets friends he had lost track of, and, together, they plan another rebellion. Although Haddix creates a wonderful world, here, and populates it with realistic characters, I found this particular book of the series a little less exciting than the others. Still good, though, it reflects the importance of fighting for what is right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the book for Christmas a few years ago, and my family had to literally tear it out of my hands. I don't want to get into it too much, so i'll stick with the basics, that you'll NEED to know. In this series, you're only allowed to have 2 children. The population police enforce that law. A bunch of kids go ino hiding, because they were the "illegals". Aka, 3+ kids. Matthias, Percy, and Alia are just 3 of those "illegals", and since they've been on their own, Matthias, being the oldest, thinks he has gotta take care of them on their own. Alia is around 6, but she can cut wires, making it look like a dumb squirrel chewed them. Comes in handy. A lot. And Percy can fix stuff, like cars, for get aways. And then Matthias is the faje identity person. H can crack safes, full of fake identity cards, but they can also make their own. Lets get to the story... Matthias saves a population police's life, and says that he was gonna sign up for the population police, for only people who had a family member that killed illegals could actually legally buy food. In headquarters, he meets an old friend. Nina has been around since Matthias had been captured the frst time. She was supposed to betray them, but she couldn't. If you ask me, I think she likes him... ;-) but back to the thing. Matthias is surprised to see her, and learns that a lot of his friends are enrolled in the job. Trey, Lee, and Nina have vowed to bring the population police down, brick, by brick, by brick. And they need Matthias to help them. Matthias is like the commander's pet, because he's treated with respect. Percy and Alia are no longer with him, and he fears they are dead. His "siblings" are deceased now, and he doesn't know if he'll ever get out of headquarters again. Will Matthias live to see freedom? Or will he see the barrel of the gun, betrayed by his friends? Are Percy and Alia alive? Or are Matthias' assumsions correct? Are his younger "siblings" really gone, forever? Only time can tell, in a world full of betrayal, just so you can live one more day...