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Among the Barons (Shadow Children #4)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  17,150 Ratings  ·  582 Reviews
Luke Garner, an illegal third child, spent his first twelve years in hiding. For the past four months Luke has lived among others, using the identity of Lee Grant, at the Hendricks School for Boys. But just as things are finally starting to go right, Lee's little brother Smits arrives at the school and Luke finds himself caught in a tangle of lies that gets more complex wi ...more
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Published July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published June 1st 2003)
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I liked this installment (plot) better than the last one. Luke Garner is pretending to be Lee Grant at a school filled with hidden third children when Lee's younger brother Smits shows up at the school. The Grants are a powerful (Baron) family, but Luke feels pity for Smits and his grief. Luke is quickly caught up in a plot to determine why Lee was killed, with a number of competing interests with vastly different agendas.
Dec 20, 2013 Avel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren Asuncion
May 17, 2016 Lauren Asuncion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson is an outstanding novel and a great fourth installment to the Shadow Children book series. Out of all the books in this series that I have read before, this one is probably my second favorite, right behind Among the Betrayed, which is the third book. Just like all of the other books in this series, there a plenty of twists and turns that make you rethink many of the things you read. In this installment, the point of view goes back to Luke, but Nina is in the ...more
Stephanie Orellana
I've been a huge fan of Margarets's shadow children book collocation since the first book of course. She is an amazing author and I really recommend her books. I personally love mystery/horror and adventure books and this really suits me well to read. The book gets so tensed that it makes you want to read more and more. All her books are very well build up with lots of tension like I said and there is some parts that are very confusing but very interesting. However I recommend you if you want to ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Teaha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well when you are a third child in this time you either have to be in hidding or the population police will get you and either kill or torture you!! well luckly for luke he gets an fake id imposing as Lee Grant so he can stay safe in the hendricks school for boys, but is he really safe or is things going to get worse, like Lee's brother coming to the school all of sudden. after lee suppose to be dead and smits seeing lee, would it make him tell the population police and make lukes life rough, or ...more
Diana Ocegueda
May 12, 2016 Diana Ocegueda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among the barons
By:Margaret Peterson Haddix

Do you like books that keep you in supens and you want to keep reading to see what will happen next? If you like to be at the edge of ur seat trying to figure out what will happen next this book (wich is part of a sereis) is the right book for you.
The setting in this story is a school called "Hendricks school for boys". The setting in this story is very important because it is where evrithing thakes place.The most important people in my story are L
Josh B

This is the fourth book in a series that I have been reading. The series is about a government that has total control over the people. In this society, third children are illegal. This story is an adventure of a third child trying to escape the population police. I like to read right when I get home from school. This gets it out of the way before I am too tired to enjoy reading.
In Among the Barons, the success of civilization is based on population control. Only two children are allowed per fa
Jared McCallion
Oct 04, 2016 Jared McCallion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blake Conwell
Personal Response: This book is my 2nd favorite book from the series. It's still good and its really important book among them. Still simple to read,understand and fun to read. It's a little different what Luke is used too.

In the novel Luke garner is living his new life as lee grant. That’s his “new name”. he is adjusting to his new life at the Hendricks school for boys. The grants, one of the richest and most powerful families in the country, gave Luke their son's identity, when there re
Jul 22, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot thickens in this 4th of the Shadow Children series.
Ryley Hofferber
Mar 30, 2016 Ryley Hofferber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: Among the Baronswas a very interesting book to me. This book caught my attention like no other book I have ever read. My favorite character in this book is Luke Gardener, because he is very smart and always knows the right thing to do. I’m really glad that I decided to continue this series because it is my favorite. It is the best and the only series I have ever read.

Plot: This book started where I thought book four would have started, Luke gets summoned by Mr. Hendricks. Whic
In AMONG THE BARONS (Shadow Children #4) I was pleased to find that the storyline had circled back around to Luke at the Hendricks School for Boys.

Just as Luke Garner (under the ID of Lee Grant) is starting to make a home for himself at the boarding school, starting to make real friends, people he can trust, other boys with a secret in common.. well it would be an understatement to say complications arise. Smits, the real Lee Grant’s little brother enrolls at Hendricks with an imposing and inter
Danielle Jones
Jul 19, 2013 Danielle Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot summary Among the Barons
At Hendricks School for Boys, Luke Garner has managed to adjust to his new life as Lee grant having adopted this fake name when he came out of hiding. Things change when the Grants, a prominent Baron family who donated the name of their son when he died in a ski accident, decide to send the real Lee's brother, Smithfield (a.k.a. Smits), to the school and visit "Lee". Smits is troubled by the death of his brother, and tells Luke, the new Lee, his stories of times he
Jun 30, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best series for upper elementary aged kids. Each book in the series is full of suspense that causes the kids not to be able to put the book down. You would really want to start with book 1 and read them in order as so much builds upon each other. Margaret Peterson Haddix is excellent at presenting topics and situations that really get kids thinking. Her books are well written and provide an excellent springboard for classroom or small group discussions not just about the book ...more
Luke is still under the name of Lee Grant, the son of the richest family in the county. The book starts when the grants send their son Smits to the same school as Luck. Smits is a stuck up brat and is crule to everyone but Luke. His behavior suprizes every one. Then the grant ask Luke (Lee) and smits to come back home after the scholl they were in had a fire. When there the Grants ask Luke to fake his death and to go back into hiding as a third child. Then Luck meet Oscar who is woking against t ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Complainer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade
Great Book. In this book it was about how Luke (Lee) went to the Grant family and face many things. He found out who Oscar was and it happen to him that Oscar was part of a group that were planning to overthrow the government. Luke never seen such a great house in the world. The Grant's house were huge with tons of servants ready to do every single thing of their chores. With all the servant around, Luke doesn't have any privacy like talk to Smith about him as a third kid. On a party night Luke ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Uma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the Shadow Children series. I have to say it was quite good for a series with many books. It was very fast paced, as most of the Shadow Children books are. The book wasn't predictable, but it also wasn't unpredictable either it was just in between.
Vianni Richards
Sep 30, 2015 Vianni Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Among the Barons" was an amazing book for me, just like all of the other books in the series. I like the way Haddix explained the love between Luke and his "supposed to be" brother. You probably don't know what I mean by that but if you read the first book, you'd understand.
Rachael Ross
Kinda random that they went to Nina's POV for the third book and then back to Luke's for the fourth, but I like Luke better anyway. Slightly. None of the characters are really spectacular but the story itself is interesting enough. The series seems to be picking up more and change seems to be on the horizon.
Aug 15, 2016 Divya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the slowest book in the series, don't see where it fit in fully.
Jake Funaki
Not so great. The first one was really good and then as it went on it got stupid. If there were no Hendricks School the series would be ten times better. Among the Hidden and Among the Betrayed were the best and the other two were ok. Seriously Luke in disguise of Lee! Spoiler alert: Smits gets to live with Luke, Matthew, and Mark. I really hope the next one is better
Mar 02, 2016 Roxy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Among the Barons the boy named Lee has a fake identity because he was a third child and had to move away from his parents and go to a school with a fake name. He was then named Luke, and then once he was going to this all boys school he then finds out that his little brother Smits is coming to his school. But, he wants to know if his brother will keep his secret about being a fake, which is creates suspense.“Maybe everyone is just waiting for someone else to save them.” Margaret Peterson Had ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having spent most of the preceeding books in this series hiding out from the population police for no other reason than he is his parents third child, something that is now illegal, Luke - or Lee as he is now called - has settled into life at a boarding school. However, then comes word that the brother of the boy he is pretending to be wants to visit. What's more, the family he comes from is one of the 'Barons' the elite who run the country, and to whom the rules, and laws don't seem to apply. W ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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October 30, 2014

Advanced English, Hour 8

Among the Barons

Have you ever heard of the one child policy in China? Well thats kind of what happened in the book i'm reading called Among the Barons by the well known author Margaret Peterson Haddix. Among the Barons is the fourth book in a seven book series that revolves around shadow children. I consider this series/book a must read because it was suspenseful, mysterious, and it had some humor it to lighten the mood.

This book tak
Sara Rasheed
This book was one of those which I randomly picked from the bookshelves while visiting relative's house. Well, I don't regret though!
But, yeah I regret one thing. This series, Shadow children, has seven books and I caught the fourth one. Unfortunately my cousin didn't have the first three and the last three!

I kinda know about the story well, I think. But I need to catch up with the first three to exactly understand luke's feelings and how much he suffered in hiding and stuff, and about that Jaso
Kalista Castro
Feb 03, 2016 Kalista Castro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading the Shadow Children series in elementary school but I never got passed the first book. Finishing Among the Barons was a big accomplishment. There are a total of seven books in the series and I can't wait to read the last three! Even though they are for a lower level of reading I still greatly enjoyed them books I have read so far. Books about what the United States government will be like in the future are really popular and this one was just as great as the others.

Among the
Vote: 3,90
Class: L-A3 (FP)

(Fourth book of the Shadow Children Series)

Confusing (for the protagonists just as for me) the first two third of this book, and then the story caught me and I couldn't let it go: amazing series.
A wonderful young adult dystopian series really refreshing, especially after some recent dystopian Series (Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, etc): here the characters are more forthcoming and less complicated and more likeable. It a more younger YA book certainly, and in my opini
Feb 03, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 3-stars, 2015
This book was as far as I got when I was a child. I'm not sure if I stopped this series because I couldn't find the remaining three or if they just weren't published yet and I lost interest. Either way, I very much enjoyed this installment once again and I'm eager to continue this series to the end. There were many twists and turns that I enjoyed. Just when I thought I had this figured out, another plot was thrown my way. For a middle grade book, Haddix is very good with the plot twists. She doe ...more
Luke Dossett
Sep 29, 2016 Luke Dossett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The page turner realistic fiction book Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix is an action packed book with tons of mystery. In this book, Luke Garner is the main character with a fake ID, being Lee Grant instead. Luke was a third and illegal child, and he was given the opportunity to get a fake ID and go to a Boarding school. When Luke must play his part of being the oldest son in a billionaire home, Luke learns many secrets and must do many things to stay alive and to keep his friends fr ...more
Julian Joseph
Apr 09, 2015 Julian Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The name of the book I finished is called Among the Impostors.

This book is 182 pages long and was written by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

I recommend this book for people who like adventure.

Luke was having a seemingly “normal” time in Hendrick’s School, then someone came. It was Lee’s brother. Luke introduced him to the school, and was told to show the boy around the school. He didn’t go to the same classes Luke did, because he had a private tutor. Luke started to get annoyed by the way he was actin
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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