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Among the Barons (Shadow Children #4)

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Luke Garner, an illegal third child, spent his first twelve years in hiding. For the past four months Luke has lived among others, using the identity of Lee Grant, at the Hendricks School for Boys. But just as things are finally starting to go right, Lee's little brother Smits arrives at the school and Luke finds himself caught in a tangle of lies that gets more complex wi ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Aladdin (first published June 1st 2003)
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Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this installment (plot) better than the last one. Luke Garner is pretending to be Lee Grant at a school filled with hidden third children when Lee's younger brother Smits shows up at the school. The Grants are a powerful (Baron) family, but Luke feels pity for Smits and his grief. Luke is quickly caught up in a plot to determine why Lee was killed, with a number of competing interests with vastly different agendas.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mahrysa York
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book, Luke/Lee's little brother Smitts is going to start at Hendricks school. His body guard Oscar seems weird, he carries around ax so if there's a fire he can save people. Luke is afraid that Smitts is going to tell people that he's a shadow child.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best series for upper elementary aged kids. Each book in the series is full of suspense that causes the kids not to be able to put the book down. You would really want to start with book 1 and read them in order as so much builds upon each other. Margaret Peterson Haddix is excellent at presenting topics and situations that really get kids thinking. Her books are well written and provide an excellent springboard for classroom or small group discussions not just about the book ...more
Lauren Asuncion
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson is an outstanding novel and a great fourth installment to the Shadow Children book series. Out of all the books in this series that I have read before, this one is probably my second favorite, right behind Among the Betrayed, which is the third book. Just like all of the other books in this series, there a plenty of twists and turns that make you rethink many of the things you read. In this installment, the point of view goes back to Luke, but Nina is in the ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
well when you are a third child in this time you either have to be in hidding or the population police will get you and either kill or torture you!! well luckly for luke he gets an fake id imposing as Lee Grant so he can stay safe in the hendricks school for boys, but is he really safe or is things going to get worse, like Lee's brother coming to the school all of sudden. after lee suppose to be dead and smits seeing lee, would it make him tell the population police and make lukes life rough, or ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The plot thickens in this 4th of the Shadow Children series.
As Luke continues living at Hendricks School for Boys using his fake identity, Lee Grant, he has become a leader of sorts, helping the other 3rd children acclimate to life without hiding. But when his younger ‘brother’, Smits arrives to live at Hendricks, his secretive identity may be in jeopardy. Why have the Grants sent him to be with Luke after his real older brother died a tragic death?

Smits shows up in a huge limo, with a surly attitude, and a sledge-hammer wielding bodyguard. As tensions
Justin Foun
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the fourth book in the shadow children series, is a solid book. In my opinion, this is my least favorite book in the series so far. Mainly because the plot doesn't seem to be fully developed. There are definitely more questions raised than questions answered, and sometimes, details in the plot contradict each other, which were a bit confusing. However, aside from the inconsistencies in the plot, the book is good. It definitely is not a bad book, but ...more
Maria Carmo
Until now, this has seemed to me the best book of the series so far.
A lot os twists in the intricate plot, excellent characters, and a great adventure for Luke and Smits, his new found "brother" - not to mention Oscar, Smits body guard/spy/protector/doomer...
A quick, breathtaking action until the very last page, but with some tender moments in between...
Worth reading!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 6th May 2018.
Annika Baird
I thought this book was okay. I read the others in the series, and it was fun at first. I just feel the books are getting repetitive and are becomung boring. they are short and have great potential. these books are great for a short read with low expectations.
Trevor Flease
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response
This was one of the best books I have read in awhile. The suspense of what could have happened to Luke if he made a wrong move kept me reading. I think if Luke had not gotten to know Smits like he did, Smits would have turned him in. He would have then been locked in prison by the Population Police.

Luke spends most of his time living and Hendricks School for Boys. He lives under the name of Lee Grant, who comes from a very rich family. When he finds out that Smits, Lee's yo
Ryley Hofferber
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: Among the Baronswas a very interesting book to me. This book caught my attention like no other book I have ever read. My favorite character in this book is Luke Gardener, because he is very smart and always knows the right thing to do. I’m really glad that I decided to continue this series because it is my favorite. It is the best and the only series I have ever read.

Plot: This book started where I thought book four would have started, Luke gets summoned by Mr. Hendricks. Whic
Jared McCallion
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Danielle Jones
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Plot summary Among the Barons
At Hendricks School for Boys, Luke Garner has managed to adjust to his new life as Lee grant having adopted this fake name when he came out of hiding. Things change when the Grants, a prominent Baron family who donated the name of their son when he died in a ski accident, decide to send the real Lee's brother, Smithfield (a.k.a. Smits), to the school and visit "Lee". Smits is troubled by the death of his brother, and tells Luke, the new Lee, his stories of times he
Blake Conwell
Personal Response: This book is my 2nd favorite book from the series. It's still good and its really important book among them. Still simple to read,understand and fun to read. It's a little different what Luke is used too.

In the novel Luke garner is living his new life as lee grant. That’s his “new name”. he is adjusting to his new life at the Hendricks school for boys. The grants, one of the richest and most powerful families in the country, gave Luke their son's identity, when there re
Diana Ocegueda
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Among the barons
By:Margaret Peterson Haddix

Do you like books that keep you in supens and you want to keep reading to see what will happen next? If you like to be at the edge of ur seat trying to figure out what will happen next this book (wich is part of a sereis) is the right book for you.
The setting in this story is a school called "Hendricks school for boys". The setting in this story is very important because it is where evrithing thakes place.The most important people in my story are L
Josh B
Feb 02, 2016 added it

This is the fourth book in a series that I have been reading. The series is about a government that has total control over the people. In this society, third children are illegal. This story is an adventure of a third child trying to escape the population police. I like to read right when I get home from school. This gets it out of the way before I am too tired to enjoy reading.
In Among the Barons, the success of civilization is based on population control. Only two children are allowed per fa
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
First sentence: "Hey, L! Mr. Henricks wants to see you!"

Premise/plot: Among the Barons is the fourth book in Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children series. In this fourth book, Lee/Luke faces new challenges and dangers. Lee's 'brother' Smits has come to the boys school. His parents have sent him because he's been troubled the past few months. His trouble? His brother Lee is dead--remember Luke has assumed his identity in order to come out of hiding--and Smits can't talk about it with anyone,
In AMONG THE BARONS (Shadow Children #4) I was pleased to find that the storyline had circled back around to Luke at the Hendricks School for Boys.

Just as Luke Garner (under the ID of Lee Grant) is starting to make a home for himself at the boarding school, starting to make real friends, people he can trust, other boys with a secret in common.. well it would be an understatement to say complications arise. Smits, the real Lee Grant’s little brother enrolls at Hendricks with an imposing and inter
Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Luke is still under the name of Lee Grant, the son of the richest family in the county. The book starts when the grants send their son Smits to the same school as Luck. Smits is a stuck up brat and is crule to everyone but Luke. His behavior suprizes every one. Then the grant ask Luke (Lee) and smits to come back home after the scholl they were in had a fire. When there the Grants ask Luke to fake his death and to go back into hiding as a third child. Then Luck meet Oscar who is woking against t ...more
Jackey  Liu
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
Great Book. In this book it was about how Luke (Lee) went to the Grant family and face many things. He found out who Oscar was and it happen to him that Oscar was part of a group that were planning to overthrow the government. Luke never seen such a great house in the world. The Grant's house were huge with tons of servants ready to do every single thing of their chores. With all the servant around, Luke doesn't have any privacy like talk to Smith about him as a third kid. On a party night Luke ...more
Jake Funaki
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Not so great. The first one was really good and then as it went on it got stupid. If there were no Hendricks School the series would be ten times better. Among the Hidden and Among the Betrayed were the best and the other two were ok. Seriously Luke in disguise of Lee! Spoiler alert: Smits gets to live with Luke, Matthew, and Mark. I really hope the next one is better
Rachael Ross
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Kinda random that they went to Nina's POV for the third book and then back to Luke's for the fourth, but I like Luke better anyway. Slightly. None of the characters are really spectacular but the story itself is interesting enough. The series seems to be picking up more and change seems to be on the horizon.
Vianni Richards
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Among the Barons" was an amazing book for me, just like all of the other books in the series. I like the way Haddix explained the love between Luke and his "supposed to be" brother. You probably don't know what I mean by that but if you read the first book, you'd understand.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 8-12
Once again, a fun read, but nothing special. The plot of this one was interesting, I certainly want to know what's going to happen.
And I really liked Smits... He was super sweet.

Yeah, I literally have nothing left to say about this book.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this young adult series and it made me look for more books by the author.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Probably the slowest book in the series, don't see where it fit in fully.
Hunter Soerens
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Among The Barons
Personal Response
Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a really good book and a good series of books. I have enjoyed reading the first through the fourth books. The book in itself was by far one of the better ones in the series. I really enjoyed this book and the other books in this series.

When Luke was called to Mr. Hendricks office, he thought it was another check up to see how he was doing. When he got into Mr. Hendricks’ office, Mr. Hendricks greeted him and s
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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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