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In a future society that allows only two children per family, all third children are in danger from the dreaded Population Police, and these forbidden kids must work together to survive. Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children books are a huge hit with today's young readers, and now fans can own all seven thrillers from the best-selling series. Kids won't be able to sto In a future society that allows only two children per family, all third children are in danger from the dreaded Population Police, and these forbidden kids must work together to survive. Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children books are a huge hit with today's young readers, and now fans can own all seven thrillers from the best-selling series. Kids won't be able to stop turning the pages of each gripping read! Includes: Among the Hidden, Among the Impostors, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, Among the Enemy, and Among the Free.


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In a future society that allows only two children per family, all third children are in danger from the dreaded Population Police, and these forbidden kids must work together to survive. Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children books are a huge hit with today's young readers, and now fans can own all seven thrillers from the best-selling series. Kids won't be able to sto In a future society that allows only two children per family, all third children are in danger from the dreaded Population Police, and these forbidden kids must work together to survive. Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children books are a huge hit with today's young readers, and now fans can own all seven thrillers from the best-selling series. Kids won't be able to stop turning the pages of each gripping read! Includes: Among the Hidden, Among the Impostors, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, Among the Enemy, and Among the Free.

30 review for Shadow Children Complete Set, Books 1-7: Among the Hidden, Among the Impostors, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, Among the Enemy, and Among the Free

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    This series is Amazing! I know it's pretty easy reading, but if you aren't too embarassed to settle for the medium font size i can promise you--you won't regret it. it set in a different time, neither in the past, nor in the future, just a different time. A time and place where food famine has struck a country and has made it desprate; so desprate that it bans couples from having more than two kids. the main character, Luke, is a third child, and he must hide from the outside, cause the penalty This series is Amazing! I know it's pretty easy reading, but if you aren't too embarassed to settle for the medium font size i can promise you--you won't regret it. it set in a different time, neither in the past, nor in the future, just a different time. A time and place where food famine has struck a country and has made it desprate; so desprate that it bans couples from having more than two kids. the main character, Luke, is a third child, and he must hide from the outside, cause the penalty for disobeying is death on the spot. He thinks he all alone...until he finds Jen, a third like him. The first book ends sad, but sets the tone and pace for the rest of the series. Not every book is told by him - just 4 of the 7 - and you get to see the story from three other characters who play important roles. Through out the series, you get to see how the characters look up to Luke and how each book winds it's way into the other. Luke is seen as a hero to all the thirds, but in the last book you get to see how he feels about himself, and how he under-estimates his influence. i love this series just because how real they seem. i love the idea that kids can change the way of a nation and the empowerment you get from reading the stories. i totally recommend these books for everyone! - @

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♫Angielee♫

    These books were very interesting. I really did read the whole series too. They are a very fast read and the kids like them. It doesn't ever say where or what year this story takes place, but you assume the future. There were parts (Among the Barons) that actualy got to me because I pictured the thoughts of a terrorist, or how he would rationalize anyway. Other parts (Among the free and before) where it reminded me of the Nazi regime. It definatly gives you an idea of what our country to do if G These books were very interesting. I really did read the whole series too. They are a very fast read and the kids like them. It doesn't ever say where or what year this story takes place, but you assume the future. There were parts (Among the Barons) that actualy got to me because I pictured the thoughts of a terrorist, or how he would rationalize anyway. Other parts (Among the free and before) where it reminded me of the Nazi regime. It definatly gives you an idea of what our country to do if Government got out of control. Zach loved the first book but not the next 2 so much. That is where he stopped. It does get long, but leaves enough cliff hangers to keep you interested. It's such a fast read, you can read one book a day.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shane Theal

    Thinking geting this? Then you picked the right book! At first i was't sure if i was going to read it but i started and it was very good i found my self reading on and on.Like i was right beside the main characters.And here i am now im on Among the free and i still feel like im on book one. some of the best books i have read. This book is a must have!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Read in 5th grade, it has to be one of my all time favorite series for YA. If you're a Haddix fan, it's impossible not to fall in love the Shadow Childern Series, or as I referred to them, "The among the books". All seven novels are full of suspence and will leave you hanging wanting to read more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Bartos

    This is one of my favorite series! I finished all books in a two week span. Full of excitement and suspense, this series explores what it would be like to live in a world where each family was only allowed to have two children. What happens though if there's more? What if the population police don't know about them? What kind of quality to life would there be? Find out in this amazing series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tabatha Shipley

    First of all, having read the entire series of this young adult phenomenon, I could simply not find it in my soul to seperate them in the reviews. Trust me when I say you will find it impossible to seperate one from the other once you have begun. The good news, they are fast reads so it will not consume too much of your time to read the entire thing from start to finish. How many books are we truly talking about, anyway? Let me introduce you to your new favorite young adult series: Among the Hid First of all, having read the entire series of this young adult phenomenon, I could simply not find it in my soul to seperate them in the reviews. Trust me when I say you will find it impossible to seperate one from the other once you have begun. The good news, they are fast reads so it will not consume too much of your time to read the entire thing from start to finish. How many books are we truly talking about, anyway? Let me introduce you to your new favorite young adult series: Among the Hidden Among the Imposters Among the Betrayed Among the Barons Among the Brave Among the Enemy Among the Free This series fell into my hands in pieces. First, the original book was offered by Scholastic for only $1 a few years back. I purchased 8 copies of the book, always eager to find good deals on books and always trusting Scholastic's judgement. The book was, in a word, remarkable. The idea behind this story is that in a country who has similarities to our own, after a food shortage, the government declares it illegal for a family to have more than two children. The story follows Luke, a third child born to a quiet farming family, who doesn't understand the magnitude of his very existence. I never knew the remaining six books in the series existed. You see, the first book ends in such a way that you almost imagine what may happen later. I was unaware that Ms. Haddix had made it unnecessary for me to imagine. However, I assigned the book that first year it hit my shelves to a group of 8 boys who declared they "hated reading". My philosophy is that all children who don't like to read simply haven't found that book yet. It's out there, I often tell my class, waiting to grab your attention and hook you on reading, you just have to be willing to continue searching. It is always my goal to have each and every student in my class be able to answer the question "what is your favorite book?" by the end of the year. I'm proud to say 5 of those 8 listed "Among the Hidden" when asked that question. In other words, it was a hit. I continued to use it year-after-year. Fast forward to this year. Another young almost-reader struggling to find his book finds it again in Among the Hidden. His mother, grateful, promptly purchased a classroom set of all 7 books for my shelf. I was shocked, remember, I didn't know they existed. Hence how I came to read the entire series from start to finish and sit here writing this (incredibly wordy, my apologies) review. This is a rare series. Once I hit the 3rd book I noticed something odd was happening, each of these books was better than the last. That is not a typo, although those of you familiar with most series will understand how rare that truly is. The books simply kept getting more intense, more agressive, and more poignant as they moved toward a strong stand against government corruption and the idea that power corrupts. I was almost afraid to begin "Among the Free". Although the name implies it will end well for Luke and his friends, I was terrified with how it would be accomplished. The cover simply stated "fans of the series will not be dissapointed" and I cannot agree more. Haddix did not fall into the typical series endings. She chose to end on a beautiful note, one that would probably not work for any other series. Instead of ending her series with a happily-ever-after, Haddix stretched out infinite possibility and imagination. You'll have to read the series to see why this is effective. All in all, I'm so very grateful that I have this amazing series in my classroom. There is a waiting list 4 preteens deep to check them out of my classroom shelves, and they are being returned to rave reviews. As a class we highly agree this series deserved 5 huge stars, and the kids claim I also need to include a tear for at least one spot in the series where "even you must have almost cried". Highly recommended from our classroom to yours!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    This book series made me feel scared and compassionate because I feel bad for him. It must have been scary having to hide from everyone. I liked the suspense and thrilling nature of the series. The action and suspense made me keep reading these books and I could not put them down. It must have been hard not having someone to trust and turn too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Henderson

    These books are amazing! I can not get enough of the on the edge of your seat suspense and twists! I have read this series through a number of times and they never get old. This series is, by far my favorite, from this author. I highly recommend them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandrine

    A series a 7 books. My kids have all read these books at one time or another. I am reading along with Emric. They are well written. A good fast read! I especially loved the 1st one and the last 2 books of this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Belle

    These books were my childhood and I loved them. The first one was the very first book that ever made me cry, and realize the power that books, literature, words have. I will always be grateful for this powerful series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Van Nuys

    Great story for 5th through 7th graders about totalitarian governments and concerns about over population and food shortages.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hindermann

    One of my favorite series ever! Such a great plot, characters and lots of thrilling scenes, suspense and things to make you FEEL! I'd read this over and over again!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Chen

    One of my favorite series of all time

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Book Addict (Bite-Sized Reviews)

    T H O YOU G H T S: this was a childhood favorite series with an edge.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cami

    This series is so good! I love the different characters and all the different things they go through to grow up. Each book shows how one of the characters over comes their fear.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Mui

    Good plot/world creation. Well written. One of my favorite reads.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    Loved this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    annalise

    Omfg I remember reading this in elementary, I rly went ham bingeing thru each and every book from this series... chefs kiss!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruqayyah

    Amazing 100 percent recommended

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christian Tuininga

    I’ve read all these before, own them...but I’m re-listening to them while walking these days. Loving them like it was the first time. Hate to turn it off at the end of my walk!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Harris

    Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together a world in which the population has grown to the point that the food supply cannot sustain all of humanity, or so the government says. A law is enacted by which all families are forbidden to have more than two children. Those that break this law risk being found out by the Population Police, and the penalty is more than severe. Luke is a third child -- one who has had to live his entire life within the confines of his house and yard, but his small world g Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together a world in which the population has grown to the point that the food supply cannot sustain all of humanity, or so the government says. A law is enacted by which all families are forbidden to have more than two children. Those that break this law risk being found out by the Population Police, and the penalty is more than severe. Luke is a third child -- one who has had to live his entire life within the confines of his house and yard, but his small world grows even smaller when the woods behind his family's home begin to be cut down to make way for a new subdivision. Now Luke must spend all his time indoors, and he is more than just a little unsatisfied with these conditions. While peering out his one and only window left to the outside world, he uncovers a shocking secret -- one of the new homes that have been built also hides another third child, who has plans to change the way things for all "Shadow Children." I don't want to spoil how the first book ends, but hopefully that will be enough to draw you into what is an enthralling, spectacular series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I couldn't put down a single book in this series, which has a ton of action and suspense, and a bit of dystopian flavor that should appeal to those who like the Hunger Games and Divergent series, but without the same degree of violence as those books have. I definitely recommend them to kids ages 10 and up, but I've had adult relatives and friends who have loved the Shadow Children series as well! Check it out!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Francesco

    Vote: 3,90 Class: L-A3 (FP) (a very young Young Adult Dystopian series) This is a very enjoyable Young Adult Dystopian series. Maybe is too much a children book (a too little an adult one) to be compared to the recent Dystopian novels (Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, etc.) but it is, in my opinion, more refreshing and sometimes really wonderful. The setting (3,50) is a near future Earth (U.S.) were there is a totalitarian Government who is enforcing a very strict Population Law: no third child is a Vote: 3,90 Class: L-A3 (FP) (a very young Young Adult Dystopian series) This is a very enjoyable Young Adult Dystopian series. Maybe is too much a children book (a too little an adult one) to be compared to the recent Dystopian novels (Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, etc.) but it is, in my opinion, more refreshing and sometimes really wonderful. The setting (3,50) is a near future Earth (U.S.) were there is a totalitarian Government who is enforcing a very strict Population Law: no third child is allowed in a family and to these children only remains a shadow life in hiding, or trying to do something about it. Not absolutely foolproof but a convincing world. The characters (4,00) are great, true to themselves and as the story goes on you really come to care for them as you see them struggling to choose the right thing. And there are more and more of them, all good! The adult characters are somewhat less convincing. The story (3,75) is interesting and from beginning to end acquires more depth, giving time to each of the characters. The ending is very satisfactory. The writing (3,75) is good and very easy: for children and adult alike. I've really enjoyed this series even if I think it's mostly directed to 11-13 years old children.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book series has so much to discuss. It is a dystopian fiction representing a world where a population law has been set in place. No one is allowed more than two children. Third children become "shadow children" who are hidden to keep them from being killed. Although violence is a part of this story, it does not dwell on it and discribe it in great detail. I love the characters in this series. You get to see multiple third children and how their upbringing has changed them. Some were raised i This book series has so much to discuss. It is a dystopian fiction representing a world where a population law has been set in place. No one is allowed more than two children. Third children become "shadow children" who are hidden to keep them from being killed. Although violence is a part of this story, it does not dwell on it and discribe it in great detail. I love the characters in this series. You get to see multiple third children and how their upbringing has changed them. Some were raised in the city and others in the country. One got to spend a lot of time outdoors in a secluded area and one lived his whole life in only one room. As their experiences take them elsewhere, you get to see the "enemy" and some believe in killing other third children while others just side with whomever will feed them. Even those on the "good" side differ in motivations and commitments. A wonderful read and the seven books are fairly quick to read. So, those afraid of too big a commitment, this is not one of those series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ananya Juneja

    I read the first book, Among the Hidden back in middle school (I think... or maybe high school) and I really liked it, but I never finished the series. I randomly saw a picture of someone reading it on instagram and checked out the other books in the series. 1. Among the Hidden 2. Among the Impostors 3. Among the Betrayed 4. Among the Barons 5. Among the Brave 6. Among the Enemy 7. Among the Free I've listed the order since the books are not numbered! This series gets slow during times and switches char I read the first book, Among the Hidden back in middle school (I think... or maybe high school) and I really liked it, but I never finished the series. I randomly saw a picture of someone reading it on instagram and checked out the other books in the series. 1. Among the Hidden 2. Among the Impostors 3. Among the Betrayed 4. Among the Barons 5. Among the Brave 6. Among the Enemy 7. Among the Free I've listed the order since the books are not numbered! This series gets slow during times and switches characters (they even change names a bunch of times) so you really have to pay attention. But overall it was a very easy read and I enjoyed it. It's not the type of book (series) I would recommend for taking on a vacation, since it does get a bit old and boring at time. This is the kind of series you can enjoy reading for an hour before bed every night for a few weeks. Overall I loved the message and the writing, but it was slow. The first book is very catchy and made me determined to finish the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Iris Aschenbrand

    Margret Peterson Haddix has done her very best in this series of books. The setting of the series is a country where only 2 children are legally allowed per family. But the "Hidden Children" are the third child, hunted by population police, thrown in prison, living lives on the run, but always fighting for the freedom to live. The writing is not too harsh for students. I recommend reading the first one to your class, and they will take it from there. Better buy two sets while you are at it. In t Margret Peterson Haddix has done her very best in this series of books. The setting of the series is a country where only 2 children are legally allowed per family. But the "Hidden Children" are the third child, hunted by population police, thrown in prison, living lives on the run, but always fighting for the freedom to live. The writing is not too harsh for students. I recommend reading the first one to your class, and they will take it from there. Better buy two sets while you are at it. In the end, they do win their freedom, but what they have to endure before that happens is phenomenal. Could it happen today? Certainly. My 85 year old mother, who is a great reader of children's books, is visiting, and I brought the set home. She read them in a week. A wonderful read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendi

    I started reading this series at the beginning of the school year and was finished with all seven books by Christmas!! This is a wonderful series that talks about what it might be like if our government controlled every aspect of our lives from food to how many children could be born in one family and what you might have to do if you had more than the two children you were allowed. A fascinating and thrilling series!! The most exciting part of this whole experience is that I actually got seven o I started reading this series at the beginning of the school year and was finished with all seven books by Christmas!! This is a wonderful series that talks about what it might be like if our government controlled every aspect of our lives from food to how many children could be born in one family and what you might have to do if you had more than the two children you were allowed. A fascinating and thrilling series!! The most exciting part of this whole experience is that I actually got seven of my fourth grade students to start this series and four of them finished it!!! The other three are reading through the summer. Excellent author!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    One of my favorite series of all time, the Shadow Children is really cool to read! To me, the first was my favorite, and although you expected there would be a series, I still thought that the other books, 2-7, never reached the quality that the first had. What I loved about this series was the plot idea- it's based off of this government, which only allows each family in the country to have two children. The main characters are third children, in hiding, because technically, they aren't supposed One of my favorite series of all time, the Shadow Children is really cool to read! To me, the first was my favorite, and although you expected there would be a series, I still thought that the other books, 2-7, never reached the quality that the first had. What I loved about this series was the plot idea- it's based off of this government, which only allows each family in the country to have two children. The main characters are third children, in hiding, because technically, they aren't supposed to exist. The series is about them trying to become free, and overthrowing the government. I wouldn't call this sci-fi... More futuristic-themed. but I loved it! I definitely recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The Shadow Children series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix was suspenseful, keeping me reading constantly for long periods of time. It also kept me on the edge of my seat until the end of the book, but the suspense didn't stop me there, one end of a book would make me want to read the beginning of the next. And not only did the books make me curious, but Haddix added so many problems on top of problems that it made me want figure them out. The series, lastly, is relatable in its hidden ways, The Shadow Children series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix was suspenseful, keeping me reading constantly for long periods of time. It also kept me on the edge of my seat until the end of the book, but the suspense didn't stop me there, one end of a book would make me want to read the beginning of the next. And not only did the books make me curious, but Haddix added so many problems on top of problems that it made me want figure them out. The series, lastly, is relatable in its hidden ways, and very engaging, too. I would highly recommend reading Margaret Peterson Haddix's, Shadow Children series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I purchased the first book in the series when I was in grade 6 an immediately found a passion in the series. Throughout the years I have collected an read the series an still is one of my favorites to this day. The series takes place in a future world where only 2 children are allowed per family, all third children found are condemned to death. Luke Garner is one such child, a third, who lives his life in hiding. The series follows Luke and his friends, also third children, on an epic journey to I purchased the first book in the series when I was in grade 6 an immediately found a passion in the series. Throughout the years I have collected an read the series an still is one of my favorites to this day. The series takes place in a future world where only 2 children are allowed per family, all third children found are condemned to death. Luke Garner is one such child, a third, who lives his life in hiding. The series follows Luke and his friends, also third children, on an epic journey to find their freedom from the cruel government that declares them unfit to live.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Started the series when I was in middle school and loved them. The perfect dystopian series for that age group. I recently re discovered the series, and reread the books from my middle school days, finishing with the newer novels- eager to learn how the story ended. In my memory the books were much more complex then reality proved to be. They were quick reads, and did lack the depth of many more popular Y/A dystopian novels. None the less, the series is perfect for the younger age group it was i Started the series when I was in middle school and loved them. The perfect dystopian series for that age group. I recently re discovered the series, and reread the books from my middle school days, finishing with the newer novels- eager to learn how the story ended. In my memory the books were much more complex then reality proved to be. They were quick reads, and did lack the depth of many more popular Y/A dystopian novels. None the less, the series is perfect for the younger age group it was intended for, and so I could not give an altogether low rating.

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