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Among the Brave (Shadow Children) (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Title:Among the Brave (Shadow Children)
Authors:Margaret Peterson Haddix
Info:Aladdin (2005), Paperback, 240 pages
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Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2004)



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(see Book 1) Trey gets a chance to be co-protagonist, and discovers that being brave is sometimes just doing the right thing even if you are afraid. The adults don't seem to have any particular ideology other than the pursuit of power for its own sake, and the imposition of statist controls over every aspect of life.
The book glosses over any question of international relations, as if this is a completely self-contained (and not very large) country with no connections outside its borders. It does a good job of illustrating in bold line drawings the flaw of all totalitarian systems.
Which is why this is a parable, suitable to the SF alternate-worlds genre pioneered by Heinlein, rather than a "contemporary life" novel. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 29, 2017 |
I would say I was surprised by the intense atmosphere author created, it felt almost suffocating, with plenty suspense and also thrilling as the plot develop. In this dystopian world third children from any family are persecuted and illegal to have. There is a coup past the first quarter of the story and the actual government is topped by the Population Police Chief who becomes the president. The Population Police is in charge of killing any third children found. This book reminds me of the Hunger Games trilogy which deals with the similar topic of government control/revolution (Haven't read the books, my wife read the first but we went to watch the movies of the trilogy). A lot of the story is an internal dialogue in which Trey (a third child and main character) has to confront his fear.
  Jlporrata75 | Mar 12, 2016 |
Book 4 in the series was a bit annoying, so it took me a while to get to this one (book 5). It was worth it! I read it in one 2.5 hour sitting while too caffeinated to sleep last night. The 1st person narration is from yet another Shadow Child's persective to the overall benefit of the whole series. Fast paced, the plot was not as ridiculous as Barons (book 4).

This series is perfect for middle school students who love the fast-paced, non-stop action, every-short-chapter-ending-in-a-cliffhanger kind of novel. At the moment, I have 12 students hungrily fighting over my copies as they tear through this series, which says a lot!

While I wouldn't recommend this to an adult for their own reading pleasure, I do advise parents and teachers of middle-school-aged children to get their kids into this one.

Action-packed,sufficiently thought-provoking, "appropriate" series for your middle school classroom. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
  BRCSBooks | Sep 12, 2013 |
Some comments for now on the series were made for the first book. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
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A Reluctant Hero

Trey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.

At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But just when it looks like he's close, Trey suddenly finds himself in danger of exposing not just himself but all shadow children.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:30 -0400)

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In a society that allows families to have only two children, a group of third-borns tries to save themselves and others like them.

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