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Among the Brave (Shadow Children #5)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  13,873 ratings  ·  458 reviews
A Reluctant Hero

Trey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.

At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But

Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Aladdin (first published April 27th 2004)
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Emily - This star won't go out
Jan 08, 2009 Emily - This star won't go out rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read the previous books
Recommended to Emily - This star won't go out by: I found it myself
Trey was thinking about Luke, and how brave he was. He wished he could be that brave. But, if you thought about it, he never really got a chance. Until now. Trey is left stranded in front of Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police rade it. He manages to survive just barly, hidding behind a flower pot until Luke comes for him. But he never does. Now Trey knows that something's up. So, he teams up with a boy named Mark Garner in order to find his friends and save them from the Popualtion Polic ...more
Among the Brave was an inspirational, thrilling, and action packed novel filled with suspense and drama all at the same time. Not only is the main character a young boy, Trey, but a illegal third child that should not have been born. After living his whole life in hiding, being exposed to the real world mentally impacted Trey. With the government being overthrown, the new military based, monarch takes over everything needed to live and forces control over everyone, even the free people. With cra ...more
I have read 6 out of the 7 books in the Shadow Children series, and except for the first book, this was my favorite so far! In this book Trey, one of the boys Lee mentored at the school, is the protagonist and "hero",something he never would have thought himself capable of! As a 3rd child, Trey grew up hiding in the city with his 2 friends until they got caught by the population police and "held" in prison, until they could be brought to Lee's school by Jen's father. Trey looks up to Lee and adm ...more
Again, I'm going to have to give a book in this series a 3.5 because I can't bring myself to give it 4 stars. Bummer!! This is book 5 in the series, and it is Trey’s story after he is dropped at Mr. Talbot’s house in the end of Barons. He thinks he’s there to get help from Mr. Talbot while his friends wait in the car, but when Population Police tear out of the garage with a handcuffed Talbot, and Nina and the others speed away from the house, he’s left alone, confused, and scared. He learns that ...more
Carmen Yeung
The book Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix interest me a lot with their unpredictable events that happen to the main character. In page 31, I figured out that Trey's friend was an illegal children.Then he was followed by population polices, because his parents are captured by the police. He was helped by his friends named Mark, which helped him get to Mr. Talbot to help them.He gets help from his friends to save his other friend Luke. I really loved this book, how the children in this ...more
This is probably my favorite book in the series. The protagonist is now Trey Jackson which annoys many of my students because they just want to know what is going on with Luke. However, Haddix continues to develop all of her characters and this portion of the story is Trey's as he and Luke's brother, Mark, set out to rescue Luke. Lacking self-confidence, Trey never felt he was brave or worthy until fate steps in and makes him do things he never thought possible. This novel features more action t ...more
Trey has done one brave thing in his life: saving L's life at the end of the previous book. Now he is on his own out in the open world. He spent his first twelve years living in one room and never leaving, so just breathing outdoor air is an act of bravery for him. Can he find it within himself to save his friends who are in danger from the new (and worse!) Government?

If you're reading all my reviews, then you'll see how quickly I've read these. As I said in the first review, they are written at
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in this installment of the series ''the Shadow Children", a boy named Trey, who is an illegal third child, must help Luke's brother to find his friend, Luke. Luke had been kidnapped after a party which ended in a disaster, and Trey must return to the Grants house, the place here the party was held in order to look for clues that might have led to Luke's dissappearance. There he finds that the Population Police had taken over the house, and that Luke had been taken prisoner. While they try to fin ...more
Celeste M
Among the Brave, by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about 4 children who try to get their Luke Gardner out of population jail before the police find him and kill him. The whole reason why the population police are trying to kill him is because amongst him, there are Trey, Nina and Mark who are all illegal third children. Throughout the story they come upon a secret weapon which is Mr. Talbot who also has an illegal third child Jen Talbot. The main character Luke is very good friends with Jen since ...more
Michelle Boghossian
I chose this book, because I started reading the series and wanted to continue them. This is the fifth book of the series. This book is about a third child named Trey. Third children are not allowed where Trey lives, so if the Population Police find him, he could be killed. Trey's friend, Luke, goes to jail for being a third child. Trey's friends are all relying on Trey to get Luke out of jail. Trey goes through a lot of trouble while trying to get Luke out, but the question is if he could succe ...more
Dylon Joseph
Margaret Peterson Haddix' Among the Brave is a science fiction story, focuses on what the character does to rescue what he needs to rescue for. The character has to go through many different obstacles to rescue that objective.
Trey, the protagonist or hero, is a "third child", described so by the population police. The Population Police are a big coalition of antagonists that want to control the way how people live especially "third children". As Trey is surrounded by the Population Police, he ha
In the fifth book set in a dystopian society where having more than two children is outlawed, by a corrupt government in response to a food crisis, and where laws don't apply to the rich 'Barons', we once more have a change of lead character.

Taking centre stage now is Trey, a self-confessed coward, lacking in self-confidence, who after taking a small part in the events of the previous book which lead to the take down of the government, finds himself alone, as his friends are taken into custody,
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(Fifth book of the Shadow Children Series)

This time we discover a new protagonist, Trey, and he's great like the others: another good addiction to the series.

The setting (3,50) is a near future Earth (U.S.) were there is a totalitarian Government who is enforcing a very strict Population Law: no third child is allowed in a family and to these children only remains a shadow life in hiding, or trying to do something about it. Not absolutely foolproof but a convincing worl
Rebecca norton
The reason I love rhis book is because there isn't one page that you aren't scared for the character's life. I love the characters. How they have all been so traumatized and still can be so brave. The main character in this book is Trey, who in this book series is considered to be the weakling and turns out to be a real hero. He saved other people from death even though he was afraid.
Alanna P
Although I felt the book started slow with a character I had a hard time connecting with in early books, it only took a couple chapters to hook me with the story line and to develop a new side to a familiar character. I felt like I grew and changed with the characters and truly believe that this story might be a metaphor for the way that many people feel in their lives today.
May 09, 2008 Spencer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: age 10 and up
This was the first book I read from the Shadow Children series. It is set up so it doesn't really matter whether or not you have read the previous ones. So if you want to read this one, or most likely any of the others, you should do it and not worry about not knowing background info.
David Arko
My book "Among the Brave" was very exciting and intense. In this the main character,Trey, had to go through many dangerous challenges just to keep his friends safe. Trey was a very interesting character in the way he thought about things. I would probably be as scared as Trey If I had to do some of the things Trey then which could have ended in death for him. The writing is powerful in a way like how he saved one of his friends from a cage in the basement. A strength is its dangerous plot and tr ...more
More action packed then the last book. Now I am really curious to how they free themselves. Next book here we go.
Luke Miyaki
Haddix:Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson is a realistic fiction book that is very descriptive and has lots of suspense.The main character of the book is a boy named Trey and all 3rd children are illegal where lives. Since he is a 3rd child he has spent his entire life in his house, hiding. However he does have a friend named Luke who got kidnapped by the population police, the people enforcing 3rd children. Trey must now risk his true identity and try and save his friend. If his fake identit ...more
Emily Turner-hagman
First off, I just want to say that I basically read this in one sitting. The only time I stopped reading was when I ate dinner. This was completely fantastic. In this one, the point of view has switched to Trey. You really see how this young man's mind works. He is very intelligent, but more importantly, the bravest character thus far. Although, he doesn't start out brave. At first, Trey was a scared little boy that was so afraid of even stepping outside or doing anything other than reading or q ...more
Ashton T
Mar 20, 2014 Ashton T rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Ashton by: no one
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Margaret Peterson Haddix' Among the Brave is a science fiction story, focuses on what the character does to rescue what he needs to rescue for. The character has to go through many different obstacles to rescue that objective.
Trey, the protagonist or hero, is a "third child", described so by the population police. The Population Police are a big coalition of antagonists that want to control the way how people live especially "third children". As Trey is surrounded by the Population Police, he ha
Trey didn't think doing one brave thing would affect his life forever. Trey saved Luke's life once, but can he save him again? When Trey witnesses his friends and his only grown-up ally in charge of the secret rebel group for third children, only Trey can save all of them. Trey has been a coward all his life, hiding from the Government, and he doesn't think he could do it. With the help of Luke's older brother though, Trey might be able to help his friends. Trey poses as a new Population Police ...more
"Among the Brave" is the fifth book in the series, Shadow Children by, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and is yet to be the best. The series Shadow Children is about a time were food supply and electricity is limited. People who the characters in the book call Population police who control everyone have created a law were having a third child is illegal to save the human species. The main character in the book named Lee or what he calls himself Luke on his fake ID to save his identity is a third chil ...more
Edward Turner
This book was extremely interesting because it kept me wanting to know what happens next. Its about how a boy and his friends try to seek help from a guy named Mr. Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks is this guy who helps save third children alive because the population police take control because they overthrew the government. So now that the population police have gained control, people are freaking out about how they will survive because theirs no food. Without any food third children are expected to di ...more
Lisa Ard
I read this book out of order within the Shadow Children series, but there was enough back information to keep me reading.

In this world, third children are not allowed. They are kept hidden, sometimes living for years inside without any concept of the outside world. If discovered they are hunted down and exterminated by the population police. This book follows Trey, who is on the run and hiding after a killing in the previous book. He meets up with Mark and together they set out to find Lee, not
Kate Tilton
This was an amazingly deep story. The idea that just kids could be held accountable for the faults of a nation and killed simply for being alive is a hard topic. After all this time away from the series I found it difficult to picture myself reading this series at such a young age. And maybe that is how adults feel when young adult books deal with serious topics too. This series teaches about the ability for a government to be corrupt. Violence, starvation, and murder take place. The entire coun ...more
Among the Brave
By: Margaret Peterson Haddix

There are many children in the planet that are the third child. Are you one of them? If so, living in this part of the world would have gotten you killed in a matter of seconds.

Trey, one of the protagonists in the book is a 3rd child. He just wants to get out of the dark from hiding and hide from the population police who would hunt him down and kill him. But he also wants to save all of the third children so they can be free and get out of hiding. Bein
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I was not sure what to expect when I realized Trey would be the protagonist in AMONG THE BRAVE (Shadow Children #5). He has had such a small role in the series thus far, and a weak one at that. But being that Trey’s character is so different then Luke’s gave a fresh perspective to the plot.

Book 5 picks up exactly where the pervious leaves off with Mr. Talbot being driven away in handcuffs while Trey hides behind a pot on his Talbot’s front porch. Not knowing the fate of his friends in the limo
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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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Shadow Children (7 books)
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