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Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Apr 25, 2010

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A necessary step on the way to #5, but I felt like I could almost see the story board in Margaret Haddix's writing space. 'Among the Barons' shifts back to third child Luke/Lee so that he can meet up with the baron family who have supplied his fake identity, and be saved by the protagonist of 'Among the Brave,' Trey, an unlikely and likeable hero. The 'Shadow Children' series is based around children outwitting adult, and here that seems more improbable than in the previous three books. Despite the transparent plotting device and the strained appeal to credulity, this episode, like the others, propels the reader forward in easy-to-read style. Plus it introduces the interesting new character of Smits, Luke's 'brother.'

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