Monday, August 5, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: AMONG THE IMPOSTORS


AMONG THE IMPOSTORS review
AMONG THE IMPOSTORS
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Aladdin 2001

Available: Hardcopy, paperback, audio, audible

Luke Garner has given up everything to gain his legal status . . . his home, his family, and even his name. Up until now, he's hid from the outside world because he's an illegal third child. Being a third child is a crime punishable by death. Fate has intervened and now he's a student at the Hendricks School for Boys, a private boarding school. His new name is Lee Grant. Has he made a mistake coming here? School is more like a prison than what he'd expected. The other boys are either cruel or
cowed. The teachers seem more concerned with dispensing demerits that knowledge. And there's no privacy, not even in the bathrooms. He's afraid someone will discover that he doesn't belong and turn him in. Desperately trying to blend in, he's miserable until one day he discovers an open door to the outside.
This is the second book in the Shadow Children series and is a really good read even if you haven't read the first book. Luke is kind of an anti-hero. He's not a powerhouse with super skills, but his character feels very real and evokes both sympathy and respect. The reader will want to cheer for him as he tries to survive in this futuristic totalitarian society.

Target audience: Grades 6-9
Mystery /suspense: Good
Kid appeal: Definite

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