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Among the Impostors (Shadow Children #2)

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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 muscl ...more
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Published December 21st 2001 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2001)
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Dec 22, 2008 Bubbles123 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you really have to read the first shadow children book to get this one. it follows through where Luke gets a new fake identity. He becomes lee grant, a former boy who died in a ski accident.Luke goes through the school trying to blend in,as he was told. if you want more information read the book.the writer really takes a whole paragraph to explains Lukes feelings which i like. it gives you a better understanding of how he truly feels.This book is not predictable like some others. I had no idea a ...more
Jessica Jablonski
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Lars Guthrie
Apr 12, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second of seven in 'The Shadow Children Sequence.' It really helps to have read the first, because this one takes right off at full speed from 'Among the Hidden,' with little background exposition.

That increased the excitement level for me, and is an effective way to lure in series fans.

And the idea is just great--a boarding school without windows with a nearly autonomous student population (the teachers throw out meaningless demerits and don't seem to take attendance). Most of those students
Apr 03, 2009 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Among the Hidden" is a book from the Shadow Children series of books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It has lots of unexpected twists in the plot and it keeps readers hooked.
Luke Garner is an illegal third child who lives in a time where parents are allowed only two children due to famines. After receiving help from Jen Talbot's father, George Talbot, Luke is now going to Hendricks School for boys. Because he is an illegal third child, Luke gets a fake I.D. and is posing as Lee Grant, a boy from
Craig Butler
May 25, 2015 Craig Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler alert*

Do you like books that keep you on the edge of your seat? Well, if you so this is the book for you. This book is realistic fiction because the things that happen in this book could happen in real life. I think this book is better than the first book (Among the Hidden) because this book seems more suspicious and interesting.

The setting takes place in Hendricks's School for boys, which is a windowless building with cruel classmates and mean teachers. Luke wanted to be just like
Andy McCoy
Oct 04, 2015 Andy McCoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luke Garner is a third child(shadow child). He is illegal because the government said that they do not have the food to feed more than two kids per family. Luke gets a fake ID that states his name is Lee Grant. He moves to a school called Hendricks school for boys. He meets a kid that he calls jackal boy. Jackal boy is very mean to him. One day he sees a door open he goes outside were he should not be. Then he has the idea to grow a garden and he goes outside every day. One day the door shuts an ...more
Ryley Hofferber
Dec 23, 2015 Ryley Hofferber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Personal Response:

I enjoyed this book greatly and think that this is one of the best series I have ever read in my life. I read the first book of the series as well and the craziness only continued After Luke received a fake ID from Jen’s dad who was Mr. Talbot and started school at Hendricks School for Boys. Things only got more difficult after he started at Hendricks. For instance, Luke read the note Mr. Talbot had given him, hoping the note would be more helpful. He was disappointed because
Josh B
Nov 10, 2015 Josh B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gina Gard
Mar 05, 2014 Gina Gard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A kid named luck is illegal because he is a third child so he get a identity it is Lee Grant. So he is helping other third children to make so you can have a third child. When he's at the School he is being teased from a boy named Jason. He is going to the wrong classrooms when he's there. So one day he finds a door that goes out side and he goes outside a he sleep beside a log. He wakes up and it is turning night. The next time he goes out he start making a garden. Then he goes out again and hi ...more
Hailee Gorges
Jan 14, 2014 Hailee Gorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Among the Impostors" is the second book in this series. This book is about a boy named Luke. Luke is an illegal third child. He got a fake ID and was given a new name so he could live like normal children do. Luke was send off to Hendricks school for boys to learn everything he has missed. One day, while at school, he sees an open door and decides to go outside. While outside Luke decided to build a garden. He feels like he does not fit in anywhere, so building this garden makes him feel import ...more
Chloe Dehler
Dec 19, 2013 Chloe Dehler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read “Among the Impostors” by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book is a part of the shadow children sequence. After reading the first book in the sequence, I decided I wanted to keep reading to know what was going to happen to Luke. I am so happy that I decided to read this book because it was really good!

The book is written in third person limited point of view of the main character, Luke. Luke finally figures out how to navigate around school even though he doesn't know what any of his class
Sadie Kaminske
Oct 22, 2013 Sadie Kaminske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Among the Imposters” was a great book. It is about a country that can’t have certain foods. Jens dad works for the police, they have all the illegal food at their home. Luke will often go to Jens house to eat illegal food or just to talk. Luke, Jen, and about thirty other kids go to protest against the government. While they are there something tragic happens, which makes Luke go to a new private school. The new private school is like a college campus. Luke doesn’t like any of the other kids, ...more
Nicholas Walters
Oct 01, 2013 Nicholas Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book, “Among The Impostors” by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The book was very interesting because to me I think it's wrong that families can’t have more than two children. If they have more than two children, the third child must die. I think it's cool that someone takes the fact that some kids aren’t legal and gives them fake identity, so they can go to school. This book was kind of confusing for me, because I did not understand what was going on right away in the book.

The main characte
Madisyn M
Plot Summary: In this story Luke is given a fake ID so he can go to a real school. He now attends Hendricks school for boys. Luke gets really confused because he has never been around so many people before in his life. At first he is all alone but he becomes friends with Jason, who ends up betraying him when he finds out Luke is a third child. Luke must try to not get caught by the population police because if he does he will get killed just like Jen did in the first book. Will Luke survive?

Oct 15, 2011 Kamryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Luke Garner, an illegal third child living with a fake ID, is going by
Lee Grant at the Hendricks School for Boys. Lee Grant was killed while skiing down a mountain so no one knows that he was gone except for his family. He is at first confused and paranoid, as well as treated badly by his roommates, mainly the boy he comes to call "Jackal Boy". Eventually, Luke begins sneaking out of the school to do things, and tries to plant his own garden in the woods. This brings him great happiness and a
Feb 22, 2010 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among The Imposters- Post 1/4

Luke Garner masked himself for the sake of his family, he masked himself from society. In a crumbling world, the third child in any family is meant to be cast away due to a government that can't sustain the population. His whole life has been spent running and hiding from the Population Police, and now in "Among The Impostors" by Margaret Paterson Haddix, he takes the importance of his family to full lengths by changing his name.

Change in Luke's life came when he w
Jan 24, 2015 Queene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Among the Imposers (Shadow Children,#2)
Margaret Peterson Haddix

The story is basically about a boy named Luke who was a third child or another term for this is 'the shadow children'. Third child are illegal in this story, it is illegal because, more kids means more people, more population and less supplies for the people.

This was all explained in the first book, the first and second book is connected because, in the first book Luke leaves his family and in this book Luke arrives at the Baron's
Dec 06, 2014 Raegan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
A great read! Once again the first half of the book was really slow but picked up after a lot of pages. I wish there was more detail. But it had a great ending and it was very, very suspenseful!
May 24, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Luke Garner who is an illegal third child. He was forced into hiding all of his life, until now. Now he is living under a fake name of another kid who had recently died. Luke is attending a boarding school, where none of the students are allowed outside. One day he discovers a secret door outside and decides to adventure out into the world while trying not to get caught. This is a really good book, I would recommend it to anyone from middle school and up because it ...more
Matthew Steeves
Feb 02, 2016 Matthew Steeves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Garner is no longer living with his family, he has lost his best friend to the government, he is living under a fake identity, and is now going to his first school. When he first enters the school it feels weird. Mr. Talbot drops Luke off signs the registration papers gives Luke a note and leaves. He goes from class to class not actually knowing what classes to go to. When he finally finds his way to his dorm he is tormented for almost an hour by a kid Jason. He still has yet to read the no ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Rania marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

“Among the Impostors” is the book that I read. This book was written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The main character of the book is Luke Garner. He was brought to Hendricks School for Boys by Mr. Talbot, the father of his best friend Jen how died. In the first book that is “Among the Hidden”. Mr. Talbot give a note to Luke that will answer his question about how to survive at his school. As he starts attending Hendricks School for Boys under the fake name Lee Grant. He need a fake name because h
Sep 29, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is the second book of the Shadow Children sequence. This entire sequence takes place in a dystopian society that suffered from starvation due to a drought. Now that there wasn’t a sufficient amount of food for everyone, the government made a law stating that a family can only have two children. Any other children within a family that already has two children are illegal “shadow children” and they have to hide from the Population Police. If they are ...more
In Among the Impostors Luke Garner is a shadow child who is sent to a private school to try and blend in.Luke is going by the name Lee Grant so he is not captured by the Population Police.The whole book is just about Luke getting used to his school.

The reason I picked this book is because I had 2 days to write a book report and this was the shortest thing I could find.I never really understood Among the Hidden because if there was a third child rule I would be the stupidest person on earth if I
Rina Kinjo
After reading this book I thought, "Wow, I`m glad I`m the only child in the family." While reading this book, the events in the story played like a movie in my mind. The great thing was that, I actually pictured my family in the story to make it look like I was really there. The most important thing in reading, I would say is, "Imagination" because without it, it would be hard to soak yourself into the book. Especially "Mystery novels," it is always important to remember all the hints and clues ...more
Deborah Walker
I didn't really like the book very much. The book I read was "Among the Impostors." The reason why I didn't like it was, because it was really boring through out the whole story. All it talked about details about he was just doing whether it was eating trying to avoid some people or listening to his class, it was better until about the last three chapters. Now that was better. Luke, the main character, is attending Hendricks School for Boys. As you could recall the last book, "Among the Hidden, ...more
Aaron Clark
Mar 09, 2014 Aaron Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Margaret Peterson Haddix has created a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole entire time. Among The Impostors is a book that is about a character named Luke. Luke has a few huge problems that he is forced to overcome.

Luke is a shadow child. A shadow child is a child of a family that it the third or more. It is illegal to be a shadow child because there is a food shortage in the country. He does not got to school and lives with the government not knowing. There are many shadow c
Kara Morwood
Jan 26, 2015 Kara Morwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among The Impostors is the second book of the Shadow Children series. I recommend reading the first book before the second since it jumps right in where the first one left off with little explanation. Although it starts of slowly, it gets intense very shortly after.

Luke Garner, now Lee Grant, has switched identities to live a more fulfilling life. He leaves the hiding, moving out in the danger. He goes from knowing nothing other than what he has read in books to having to take on the outside wo
Suren Hakobyan
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Not as strong as Among the Hidden.
Luke is at Hendricks school, alone, being first time out of his home so far. Of course hers confused and afraid. Firstly he didn't pay attention on anything, like that the school seems to be a prison - no windows, nobody leaves its walls for fresh air, the teacher seem not to care about the pupils at all.
What kind of mystery lies here?

Some parts of this book pissed me off, like Luke isn't a coward but he lets his roommate to hi
Theresa ♫
Sep 14, 2014 Theresa ♫ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fellow humans rummaging for a thrilling mystery in an alternate world.
It took me forever to review this little book, but here I am, and here it is.
Finally. After 5 years. I FINALLY find this freaking book on a shelf. And I swear, I have searched for it by and by at the library and I COULD NEVER FIND IT! (And it frustrated the heck out of me.)

Now that I finally found where Luke left off, on I go with this mysterious series.

May I just say that this is the thrilling thriller for the young accelerated reader. IF YOU ARE A PARENT AND READ MY REVIEWS, I DEFINITELY RECOM
David Arko-Mensah
This book was amazing. I'm really starting to enjoy this series because of how all the beautifully written stories are all linked together in a way that other series don't. The main character Luke is a little timid in some situations; I think would feel the same, but a little bit more confident. The writing is capturing, it makes you want to keep reading till you finish the story. A strength of the book would be how smoothly each event slides through; it's kind of like a puzzle piece because it ...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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