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Die Betrogenen (Shadow Children #3)

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Nina has been arrested for falsely accusing others of being illegal third children - a capital crime in a society that allows only two children per family. Now the government wants to strike a deal with Nina. In order to save her own life she must gain the trust of three young children and convince them to confess their hidden identities. Then she must betray them. The chi ...more
Published (first published June 1st 2002)
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Among the Betrayed
The main character is Nina, and she is the third born child in her family. Nina is illegal, because she is the third born of her family, and third born children are illegal, because it is hard times where she lives. Nina used to live with her aunt’s, but she got caught. For third born children to try and not get caught, people make fake ID’s for them to try and help them.
The book is about a girl, (Nina), who gets caught being an illegal, and she is then thrown in prison. The
Hailee Gorges
"Among the Betrayed" is the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this book. This book is about a young girl named Nina. The population police found her useful and used her to betray other third children. In her holding cell she meets three other children, Alia, Percy, and Matthias. While in the cell she tries to find information about them, but they do not tell her anything. One day while The Hating Man was questioning her a guard was found poisoned. Nina finds the poisoned guard's keys an ...more
Raegan   Ralls a.k.a Bianca   Di Angelo
I loved this book! At the beginning I felt it was a little boring and could of had more detail, but I loved the twist ending so much it definitely deserves 4 stars! This book had lots of action and included a lot of twist and turns I did not see coming. It just goes to show you, trust no other man alive!!!!
At first I thought it would be a bad book because it was in Ninas point of view but I was completely wrong! If anything it made the book better.
Plus this is my favorite cover for this series-
Chloe Dehler
I decided to read “Among the Betrayed” by Margaret Peterson Haddix because I read her first two books in the shadow child sequence and I loved them. “Among the Betrayed was an attention-grabbing book. I kept wanting to read more.

The main character is this book is Nina. Nina is a shadow child with a fake identity. She used to live with her aunt until she moved to the school for girls. Nina has a friend named Jason who also is a shadow child with a fake identity who went to the school for boys. T
I thought the book Among the Betrayed was very good. It was interesting and kept you wanting to read more. I enjoyed the book because it was intense, entertaining, easy to comprehend, and the end had a twist on it that made the book good.

The plot of the book is that there are these “third children” in this country that only allows you to have two kids because there is not enough food, this book is about this girl name Nina. Nina goes to this special school where there are a lot of third childr
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Debbie Reiber
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a science fiction children’s book. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate readers. The book talks about the government controlling the population by only allowing two children per family. If families had any more than two children, they would be executed; so, many families hid the children known as shadow children or exnays.
I like how this book was written. The book theme was based on survival. I like how the younger characters k
Lars Guthrie
Third in 'The Shadow Children Sequence,' and perhaps the most fascinating so far, with its edgy examination of trust and perception.

'Among the Betrayed' shifts focus and the protagonist of the first two books in Haddix's seven-volume series becomes a minor player. A peripheral character in 'Among the Impostors,' Nina, takes center stage. Readers of the first two books, and it definitely is a plus to have read these first, will themselves not be sure whether to trust Nina.

Nina, held and questio
I really enjoyed this young adult series and it made me look for more books by the author.
Camryn Oliff

Among The Betrayed

Can you picture living in a world where three children aren’t aloud and they have to hide? Nina was stuck in a life or death situation once she got put in jail. The population police didn’t know that Nina was a third child, so she ended up there because her friend Jason betrayed her. A man that Nina calls: the hating man, told her that she would be put into a cave with three other children to find out their secrets. Nina had the option of either telling the Hating
In the book among the betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Nina is put to the test. In this 156 page realistic fiction thriller, Nina's life appears to be on the line. This book takes turns that you would never expect and it really keeps you interested. Out of the books that I have read so far this one has to be the best. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in or wants to get started reading. This is another 5 star book written by haddix.
In the book, Nina is taken to population po
This is the third book in the Among The Betrayed series. This book is not focused on Luke it's focused on this evil kid named Jason's girlfriend named Jain. Jason and Jain are both illegal third children, but the government captures Jason and to save his own skin he turns in Jain so the population police won't kill him. Mr. Talbot ( Jens dad) is in charge of Jain and puts her through a series of test because he thinks she works for the gov., but he figures of Jain is insistent and let's her go. ...more
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(Third book of the Shadow Children Series)

I'm halfway in this wonderful young adult dystopian book and it feels... refreshing, especially after some recent dystopian Series (Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, etc): here the characters are more forthcoming and less complicated and more likable. It a more younger YA book certainly, and in my opinion is more enjoyable too.

The setting (3,50) is a near future Earth (U.S.) were there is a totalitarian Government who is enforcin
Nance Wilcox
I have picked up the next 3 books but hope they are better than #3. The first one was the best so far as you are drawn into the future of a world where third-children are forbidden but exist in hiding. Each book is specifically about a different "exnay" but they are all connected from book 1. Too much ruminating by each main character, same questions, same answers. I wonder if I will make it through all of them?
I have to admit after not reading from her for a long time, I remember just why I kept reading her stories! This book is great just for a reader who is youngish (ITS SHORT) and enjoys books like these! This book is in a series if you are thinking about getting it.
OH and I will recommend the missing series by Haddix, just wonderful1 (BIT LONGER)
BUT yay!
Rebecca norton
I loved this book becauseof how you feel bad for the viilan and yet at the same time you hate them

mathias alias and percy were great additions to the book they were so cute .
you just want to jump into that book and give them every thing you own .

i loved the ironic ending. I loved this book and I promise you will too.
This was a pretty awesome third book. In the second book, the main character here was labelled as one of the traitors to the children. In this book, though, she's one of them, and has to prove herself while escaping ... I'm tangling myself in words, but I think I liked this better than the other two just for its clarity.
Matteo M
At this time, the government installed a law that families were only able to have 2 children. This book is about a girl named Nina that is in prison for being suspected of being a third child, she is in a cell with three other children: Percy, Mathias, Alia. They don't get nourished and washed, they have to sleep on the wet,dirty and cold ground, a real nightmare.
They are going to be executed in the next three days, they need to do something, or else death awaits…

I read this book because there
Janelle Fila
When I first heard the premise of outlawed third "shadow children" hiding from the "Population police" working for the government, I thought my son would enjoy this series. He absolutely loves these books! Personally I think they are a little juvenile, but whenever my son finishes one he puts it directly in my hands so we can talk about the plot together. Since I am always shoving books into his lap that I think he would enjoy, I think it is only fair to read the books he likes, too. Plus it giv ...more
Marielle Dupaquier
More please!

More please!

I loved this book I have read the first two and this one. I loved how Margaret wrote about Nina's flashbacks to when she was younger. The ending was a big surprise that I did not expect. What I didn't like was that the book was very short and had little detail. But this is still an amazing book that I love. If you liked this book I would recommend The Shadow Children Series, The Septimis Heap Series, and other book written by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Michelle Boghossian
I chose this book because when I start treading an series, I like to finish all of the books. This is the third book of the series, and I plan on reading all of the other ones. I also chose this book because I love books with a lot of mysteries and action in them, and this book has all of those. This book is about a girl named Nina that gets thrown in jail for being a third child. While she is there, she meets three children named Percy, Matthias, and Alia. Nina was sent to them to find out if t ...more
Lynne Lauriston
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Steven Purgar
Among the Betrayed is the third book in the Shadow Children series. The Book continues the series that takes place in a society where the government has outlawed a family having no more than two children and third children are forced into hiding or to disguise themselves with fake ids to prevent themselves and their families from having to face the penalty of death. The book takes place with a young girl named Nina Idi who has been arrested for treason against the government. The government has ...more
Not at all what I predicted. According to my last review, this is nothing I thought would happen.. However the story line did focus on Nina/Elodie more so then it did on Luke/Lee. I love that a series that seemed some-what predictable was able to throw the plot into another direction so gracefully. There was only one thing that truly bothered me.. (view spoiler) ...more
Among the Betrayed is the third in a seven book science fiction series entitled the Shadow Children. I chose this book because a lot of my friends recommended it. They all said the book was an interesting book to read.
This was the third in the Shadow Children series. The whole premise is that the kids live in a futuristic society where all families are only allowed to have two kids because the country is going through droughts. Among the Betrayed is about a young shadow child named Nina. She is
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
Well, I give book 3 of the series a 3.5, because I liked it but not enough for 4 stars! Among the betrayed is Nina’s side of the story after she was taken by the Population Police. Nina and Jason had been arrested at the end of Among the Imposters after Jason had attempted to turn in the shadow children. Nina was innocent, but was accused of being Jason’s accomplice in trying to steel from the government by turning in fake shadow children. Of course, Jason was actually turning in real illegals, ...more
Gabe Newman
This is for my third quarter reading

I give this book 4/5 stars. This is because the book is intense and mysterious. It is mysterious starting from the beginning. The story line was good from the beginning. It dragged me in just from the start. Then i knew I would like the book. And I was right.

The books starts off with a girls named Nina Idi. She comes into the story in jail. She is given little food. Then one of the head people at the jail comes and talks to her. He tells her she is going to mo
Jessica Lynch
Among the Betrayed is about a young shadow child named Nina. She is arrested by the population police during breakfast at her school. While in jail she is told that she either betrays three little children or all of them dies. While in a meeting with the guy that is bribing her the one police officer falls ill, Nina sees his keys and grabs them while no one is watching. Doing this allows her and the other three kids to escape into the woods. While in the woods, they are faced with hardships and ...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
More about Margaret Peterson Haddix...
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