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Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Oct 12, 08

bookshelves: kiddie-lit, sciffy
Read in October, 2008

Margaret Peterson Haddix's Among the Barons is the fourth story in the Shadow Children saga, featuring (as the first two entries, Among the Hidden and Among the Impostors ) Luke, an illegal third child in a near-future society that allows each family only two. In this entry, Luke is thrust out of the cloistered community of the Hendrick's School for the first time and forced to intermix with the wealthy family who have given him a new identity--that of their deceased son. No longer able to hide behind claustrophobic settings, Haddix is finally forced to develop her world fully. Unfortunately, the universe of the wealthy barons feels sketchy and ill-defined and many of the supporting characters seem to be little more than mouthpieces for their various fictional philosophies. Still, the character development between Luke and his new brother Smits is maturely handled, and Haddix's strong, sparse prose renders Among the Barons nevertheless a page-turner.
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