The Shadow Children

The Shadow Children

Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors

(Part of Shadow Children)
For Ages: 8 - 12
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In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm.

In Among the Hidden, Luke discovers the existence of another shadow child, and his world is turned upside down. How much is Luke willing to risk for the chance of freedom?

In Among the Impostors, Luke has the chance to come out of hiding at last. Under a fake identity, he is enrolled in the Hendricks School, where he discovers that there is a lot going on under the surface. Luke doesn't know whom he can trust, where the truth will lead him -- or what price he'll have to pay for the answers he seeks.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416990277 | 
  • May 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $11.99

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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?


Discussion Topics



  • 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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