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 Among the betrayed (Shadow Children)
 Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2002)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 156 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 409453 ISBN: 9780689839054
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Betrayal -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction
 Science fiction

Price: $23.28

Thirteen-year-old Nina is imprisoned by the Population Police, who give her the option of helping them identify illegal "third-born" children, or facing death.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 59349
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.90
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 30583

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   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
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   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/02)
   School Library Journal (06/02)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (10/02)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 10/01/2002 In this finale to her popular series (starting with Among the Hidden), Haddix continues the saga of the illegal third children called “shadow children,” this time treating the events from the point of view of Nina Idi. Previously a confidante of informer Jason, Nina is now herself betrayed as a shadow child and imprisoned by the Population Police. There she’s offered a tough choice: gain the confidence of her three cellmates and acquire sufficient information with which to condemn them, thereby leading them to their deaths, or face death herself. Haddix’s plot initially flows slowly, snagging on Nina’s honest but painstaking reflections; then it abruptly springs into breakneck speed when Nina proves her loyalty to cellmates Matthias, Percy, and Alia and the true nature of Nina’s challenge is revealed. Readers will wonder at the treatment Nina received while, it is later revealed, her loyalty was being tested, and they may be taken aback as the tables are turned so quickly on their narrator. Nonetheless, Nina’s story will bring to light questions readers will want to ponder, and those who’ve pursued the first two installments of the trilogy will want to see the story to its end. - Copyright 2002 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2002 Gr 5-9-Haddix continues her science fiction dystopian tale about illegal third children in this sequel to Among the Hidden (1998) and Among the Imposters (2001, both S & S). Nina is imprisoned by the Population Police for being an illegal child. She is given the opportunity to save herself by spying on the other three children who are in the jail cell with her. Nina finds herself both drawn to them and fearful for her own life. When she has a chance to escape, she decides to take them with her and is surprised at their survival skills as they fend for themselves in the wild. Then, Nina is captured again. This time, though, she has an even harder decision to make-will she put her life in danger in order to save her friends? In a surprising ending, Nina finds that the children she rescued and the man from the Population Police who arrests her the second time are part of a group dedicated to saving third children like herself. While the book could stand alone, it is much more interesting and meaningful when read after the two previous volumes. As a character, Nina is well drawn and believable but it is the agonizing moral decisions that she must make that elevate the book beyond the average tale. Haddix is a superb storyteller and her view of a future world short of food that allows only two children per family is both scary and plausible.-Janet Hilbun, formerly at Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. - Copyright 2002 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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