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Among the Brave (Shadow Children #5)

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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 just when it loo

Hardcover, 229 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2009 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie Orellana
Margaret's shadow children's collection is my all time favorite collection. I really recommend you all of hers books because they are really well written. There is lots of tension and drama going on. All though it is a mixture of mystery and adventures and its really confusing at times too. If you want to read this book make sure you start reading book number one until you get to this one to understand it better.
This book is about a shadowy kid that goes by the name trey. He is kind of coward yo
Jun 10, 2015 Michael is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2016 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Among the Brave is the fifth installment in the Shadow Children series. In this book it is all about how Trey, as a third child, went and fought against all odds. He was forced to put his fear aside in order to save his friends.
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
Mar 31, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2011 Carmen Yeung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2009 Lorihudeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vianni Richards
Oct 14, 2015 Vianni Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Among the Brave" was an amazing continual to the Shadow Children Series. It's cool to see Peterson change perspectives throughout the series. This time, it was from the point of view of Trey, the "World's Biggest Coward." I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
Aug 13, 2011 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-children
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
Brendan Mcdougle
Trey was abandoned by the car he was left alone. Population police came to search the house but did not find trey. Trey go s into the tailbots house and met mr tailbots wife. She showed him that the government was dead and the head of population police is taking charge. Mrs tailbots left trey hid in the house until it's out of electricity. He went to Luke's house he met smits and Mark. Mark agreed to help trey rescue Luke and his friends. They got ready to go. They found out that the grant
May 11, 2015 Inukie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The series has a kind of fantasy agoraphobia/autism to go along with the children who have been forced at dire risk to themselves and their families to hide inside silent and away from windows. Trey has this condition. He gets over it in an action scene in the last like 20 pages of the book, the first 95% are him whining about being scared and how much he doesn't want to save his friends, just look like he tried. Being scared is believable but it never ends, and it tips over into laziness. I hat ...more
Celeste M
Apr 06, 2014 Celeste M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2014 Michelle Boghossian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2014 Dylon Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Vote: 3,90
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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
Feb 02, 2009 Rebecca norton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2013 Alanna P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 22, 2016 Elie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 5th edition shadow children book "Among the Brave" by Margaret Peterson Haddix continues it's exciting and unpredictable stories . In a place where the government is controlled by the population police who are the people that capture kids for being the 3rd child . They capture almost every 3rd child except for trey , a kid that is willing to save all the shadow children that have been captured , but he needs a lot of help , first he goes to a guard name Mr.Talbot and Luke's older brother . T ...more
Andy McCoy
Nov 17, 2015 Andy McCoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a kid named Trey. He is a elegal third child and families can only have two children per family. Trey and his friends escape the Grants house. They travle to Lee Grants house. He is a eleagal third child. His real name is Luke but Trey does not know that. Luke goes up to the frount door steep of a erson named Goerge Talbot and when he gets their Mr. Talbot does not seem so nice. Then the population police show up. Trey hides until the population police leave. Then he goes in t ...more
Apr 03, 2015 KeimontayH. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great book
May 09, 2008 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bryan R
Nov 06, 2015 Bryan R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “Among the Brave”. I found it to be fast paced and action pact. The main character Trey was also an insertion. This is because he is very young and displayed many acts of bravery throughout the book. Not only that but he is also a third child which in the book are illegal and are always being hunted down by the population police which kills them when they are found. That didn’t matter to try because he went into their headquarters! The book was also had a bit of suspense because of all t ...more
David Arko
Dec 19, 2014 David Arko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2011 Eden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More action packed then the last book. Now I am really curious to how they free themselves. Next book here we go.
Luke Miyaki
Oct 16, 2014 Luke Miyaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
One day when looking for something to read I stumbled across this book and my mother's collection. Now I can't remember exactly why but even though she owned all of the other books in this series I decided to start with this one. A good thing too because otherwise I would have missed out on a really quite excellent book. I have since gone back and tried to read the rest of the books in this series it just can't seem to find the enjoyment and then what I did in this one. Even though I didn't read ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Rayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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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