Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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It was awful. All those eyes, all looking at him. It was straight out of Luke's worst nightmares. Panic rooted him to the spot, but every muscle in his body was screaming for him to run, to hide anywhere he could. For twelve years his entire life he'd had to hide. To be seen was death. "Don't!" he wanted to scream. "Don't look at me! Don't report me! Please!" But the muscles that controlled his mouth were as frozen as the rest of him. The tiny part of his mind that wasn't flooded with panic knew that that was good -- now that he had a fake I.D., the last thing he should do was act like a boy who's had to hide. But to act normal, he needed to move, to obey the man at the front and sit down. And he couldn't make his body do that, either. -- from Among the Impostors

Luke Garner is terrified.
Out of hiding for the first time in his life, he knows that any minute one of his new classmates at Hendricks School for Boys could discover his secret: that he's a third child passing as the recently deceased Lee Grant. And in a society where it's illegal for families to have more than two children, being a third child means certain death at the hands of the dreaded Population Police.
His first experience outside the safety of his home is bewildering. There's not a single window anywhere in the school; Luke can't tell his classmates apart (even as they subject him to brutal hazing); and the teachers seem oblivious to it all.
Desperate to fit in, Luke endures the confusion and teasing until he discovers an unlocked door to the outside, and a chance to understand what is really going on. But to take this chance -- to find out the secrets of Hendricks -- Luke will need to put aside his fears and discover a courage that a lifetime in hiding couldn't thwart.
Once again, best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix delights her fans with this spine-tingling account of an all-too-possible future. Among the Impostors is a worthy companion to Among the Hidden and a heart-stopping thriller in its own right.
 

About Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.
 
Published December 21, 2001 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In pictures and on TV it was just there, overhead.” But by the third time around, there is a certain sameness to the revelations of the end, in which it is revealed that Nina’s ordeal has been an elaborate plot to test her fitness for membership in a resistance to the government’s restrictions on...

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The unsettling, futuristic totalitarian society created in Among the Hidden (1998) continues in this equally compelling sequel.

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Continuing the story of Luke Garner, a third child born under a futuristic government that only allows two children per family, this sequel to Among the Hidden p

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This sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity. "While Haddix is often able

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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.

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Luke Garner, using the identity of Lee Grant (who died), is shocked when Lee's younger brother suddenly arrives at his school.

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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.

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In the third installment of Haddix's series about a futuristic society in which families are forbidden to have more than two children, Nina, a secondary character in Among the Impostors, is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned by the Population Police.

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This sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity.

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Luke isn't sure whom he can trust: The Grants say they want to stage Luke's death so they can openly grieve for their son, which would send Luke back into hiding, while brute bodyguard Oscar claims to be part of the "underground resistance" and tries to enlist Luke in a plan that would make Smits...

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Continuing the story of Luke Garner, a third child born under a futuristic government that only allows two children per family, this sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity.

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Continuing the story of Luke Garner, a third child born under a futuristic government that only allows two children per family, this sequel to Among the Hidden p

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This sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity. "While Haddix is often able

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Disguised as a stable boy in the Population Police headquarters, illegal third child Luke feels more at home with horses than the boys he works with, especially since he's spent most of his life hiding on his parents' farm.

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Abducted in the middle of the night by the dreaded Population Police, illegal shadow children Matthias, Percy, and Alia manage to escape, but only at a terrible price.

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When Trey realizes that the oppressive government which has made his own existance illegal has been overthrown, his hopes soar, but only for an instant.

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You can find Among the Betrayed and other books by Margaret Peterson Haddix, one of the authors of the popular 39 Clues series, at our local Gail Borden, Poplar Creek, Bartlett, Batavia, or Schaumburg libraries.

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Is the fake identity that Luke has assumed for protection going to be the very thing that threatens his life?

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As the possibility of discovery by the Population Police threatens Luke and his family, he finds himself hiding again, but this time at the Hendricks School for Boys with the new identity of a wealthy and recently deceased son of a Baron family.

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Luke is older now and he's enrolled (under a false name) at Hendricks School for Boys, a place where the classes don't make sense, the students are cruel and the teachers don't seem to care.

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