Among the Free

Among the Free

(Book #7 of Shadow Children)
For Ages: 8 - 12
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"Enough games," the man said, raising the gun yet again. "And enough of the Population Police, I say."

This time he cocked the gun and aimed carefully.


This is real, Luke thought. This is really going to happen.

"No, don't!" he screamed.

Luke Garner is a third-born in a restrictive society that allows only two children per family. Risking his life, he came out of hiding to fight against the Population Police laws. Now, in the final volume of Margaret Peterson Haddix's suspenseful Shadow Children series, Luke inadvertently sets off a rebellion that results in the overthrow of the government. The people are finally free. But who is in charge now? And will this new freedom be everything they had hoped?

With all of the plot twists and excitement Haddix's fans have come to expect, Among the Free brings the Shadow Children sequence to a chilling conclusion.
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Book Details:
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689857980 | 
  • May 2006 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 810L
List Price $21.00

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THE SHADOW CHILDREN BOOKS


Among the Hidden

Among the Impostors

Among the Betrayed


By Margaret Peterson Haddix


A Guide for Reading Groups


About the Books


Sometimes in this world it's hard to know who is telling the truth, who isn't, and what can be done about all the things that are wrong. The government claims that there isn't enough food for everyone in the world, and so they have made it illegal for any family to have more than two children. Yet hundreds of these illegal shadow children exist, and they want desperately to find a place for themselves in society. But these are children who have been forced to hide their entire lives, and who are only allowed to venture out with fake IDs in their hands and fear in their hearts. How can they sort through the conflicting information about shadow children and find out where they belong? And will they be able to find the courage to defy the government and stop hiding?


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  • What are some of the ways in which having more than two children would be a burden in this society? Why do some families decide to have illegal shadow children in spite of this added strain? Do you think that the benefits of having another child outweigh the sacrifices that must be made?


  • Luke often feels hurt by the way his father treats him, especially when he is making his
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