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 ...Show synopsisGovernment 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.Hide synopsis
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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.
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.
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