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Amanda reviews… The Shadow Children series

*Summer Reading List Spotlight*

This is on the Haverhill Public School’s recommended summer booklist for Grades 4-5.

The Shadow Children Series

(Book 1: Among the Hidden)

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Published: 1998-2006

Age Range: 9-12

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Adventure

Award: YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Lamplighter Award 2004

Amanda (Piper’s human) read The Shadow Children series and this is what she thought…

After a drought creates a food shortage the existence of third children is deemed illegal. Luke, a third child who lives in his attic, discovers that there are more like him, and together they join forces to change the rules. I really enjoy books that are futuristic dystopian in nature. This book is a nice easy read with all the right aspects of a dystopian novel. The series is full of emotional highs and lows. You feel happy when the characters celebrate a success, but you also feel the fear and sadness that characters experience after something goes wrong. My favorite character is Mathias. Even though he doesn’t have a main role in this adventurous series, I believe he has the most growth as a character. He discovers who he truly is and what he is capable of, and I admire that about him.

The one element that could make this series better would be to make it clearer that different books are told from different perspectives. I found that to be very confusing around the second or third book. It took me a few chapters to realize what was happening! The main theme of The Shadow Children books is fight for what you believe in. It does not matter where you come from or how old you are – you can make a difference if you stand up for what you believe is right. There are a variety of third children, from different backgrounds, and grownups all united for the same fight against the antagonists.

Who would you recommend this book to?

This is a great series for anyone who enjoys dystopian books. It has enough substance to please fans of The Hunger Games, but is easy enough for the younger crowd to be able to read. You definitely need to read all the books in the series! Book three starts a little slow, but if you push through I promise it won’t disappoint.

Place a hold on the print copies of the series here and the Overdrive versions here!



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