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by Margaret Peterson Haddix Paperback
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Product Information

  • AR Level5.6
  • AR Quiz Number106210
  • AR Quiz Points7
  • AuthorMargaret Peterson Haddix
  • Guided Reading LevelZ
  • Page Count208
  • ISBN100689857993
  • ISBN139780689857997
  • PublisherSimon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Year Published2007
  • Grade Level3 - 7
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectGeneral fiction (Children's/YA)
    Science fiction (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level810
  • ImprintSimon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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Imagine living in the shadows, hiding your existence from almost everyone in the world. This is the plight of Jen, Trey, Nina, and all other third-born children. With their nation plagued by drought and food shortages, their government has made it illegal for families to have more than two children. Yet thousands of thirds exist without identification cards or rights of any kind. As these shadow children begin to discover and communicate with each other, their worldviews broaden. They begin to wonder why their government claims that they are the cause of all of their nation's ills, and they question the worth of their leaders themselves. Fearfully, unwittingly, or angrily, these secret children emerge from the shadows to fight for change.The seven Shadow Children novels are told from the viewpoints of Luke, the beloved third son of a rural family; Matthias, the abandoned urban orphan raised by elderly moralist Samuel; and other third children. Their narratives offer readers differing perspectives on the compelling questions explored in the series. Should the government have the right to dictate the size of families or other aspects of how people choose to live their lives? In an age of televised news, how can one be certain what is really happening in the world and what is illusion -- who is telling the truth and who isn't? Can individual actions truly affect the future of a nation? And, ultimately, what does it mean to live in freedom?DISCUSSION TOPICSWhy do you think some families decided to have third children despite their society's desperate circumstances and strict laws? Do you think that the benefits of having another child would outweigh the sacrifices that must be made? Why or why not?Each third child comes from a different background and type of hiding place. How are these children treated by the people who care for them and hide them? How do they feel about their circumstances? How do these feelings affect their actions?How does the government enforce its

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