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Shadow Children (Boxed Set)

Shadow Children (Boxed Set)

Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons

(Part of Shadow Children)
For Ages: 8 - 12
  • reading group guide
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
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 720 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689033674 | 
  • September 2004 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $32.99

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Reading Group Guide


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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Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Margaret Peterson Haddix

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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