Government regulations limit families to two children each, so Luke, an illegal third-born, must live his life in secret, hidden in his family's farmhouse. Then he joins Jen, another "shadow child, " for a chance to come out into the light--a dangerous gamble with high stakes. "A chilling and intelligent novel."--"Kirkus Reviews." An ALA Best Book ...Read MoreGovernment regulations limit families to two children each, so Luke, an illegal third-born, must live his life in secret, hidden in his family's farmhouse. Then he joins Jen, another "shadow child, " for a chance to come out into the light--a dangerous gamble with high stakes. "A chilling and intelligent novel."--"Kirkus Reviews." An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.Read Less
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This was my absolute favorite series and i recommend this book to any one who loves suspensful stories with great endings
Nov 1, 2007
This book which is the first in the series is a very well written futureistic story which is an easy read for mature 4th graders on up. It is a fast reading book which leaves the audience anxious to read the second book in the series. This trend is consistent through out the series of the six books. The one hint about reading these books is to read them in order as they were written so that the characters as introduced are easier to track and the story makes since. The book is futuristic but yet a realistic fiction and it is written so that the reader may develope an emotional bond with the characters. I have purchased 2 sets of the book so that when the library has checked out all of theirs the students know that they can come and borrow the book they want to read next in the series. I also enjoy visiting with the students about what is happening in the story.
Mar 20, 2007
Hide - all you shadow children
Luke is a shadow child! He must hide behind dark curtains, stay inside,and avoid detection or the population police will come for him. It's the law! There must never be more than two children in a family. Luke has two brothers who go to school, play sports, and live a normal life. Peeking between he curtains Luke discovers another shadow child - Jen. Luke secretly visits with Jen. He discovers Jen is using the computer to form an alliance with other shadows. She is planning a revolt of sorts. Will it work? Will Luke be strong enough to follow Jen? This futuristic story is thought-provoking and exciting to read.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-02-07 This futuristic novel focuses on a totalitarian regime and the Internet. PW noted, "The plot development is sometimes implausible and the characterizations a bit brittle, but the unsettling, thought-provoking premise should suffice to keep readers hooked." Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-08-31 Haddix (Running Out of Time) chillingly imagines a dystopia in this futuristic novel. Born into a totalitarian state that brutally enforces a two-children-only policy, 12-year-old Luke Garner, an "illegal" third child, has spent his entire life hiding from anyone outside his immediate family. His troubles multiply when the government makes his dirt-poor parents sell the woods surrounding their farm in order to build a housing development for "Barons" (the privileged elite), and it therefore becomes too dangerous for Luke to go outside. Next, the Garners are hit with a crippling tax bill and ordered to sell their hogs, so Mom has to get a factory job. Luke spends every day alone, hidden in his attic room, until he meets Jen, a "shadow child" secreted in the Baron house next door. She turns his whole world upside-down, introducing him to her secret Internet chat room and giving him literature analyzing the government's repressive policies. After Jen's foolhardy rally of shadow children ends in bloodshed, Luke is faced with a decision that will irrevocably determine his fate. The plot development is sometimes implausible and the characterizations are a bit brittle, but the unsettling, thought-provoking premise should suffice to keep readers hooked. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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