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Among the Brave

(Shadow Children #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  19,240 ratings  ·  659 reviews
A Reluctant Hero

Trey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.

At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But

Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Aladdin (first published May 1st 2004)
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Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I read a book in this series, and since it starts immediately following the events in Book #3, I would have appreciated a brief reminder of what had just happened. In any case, Trey has gone to find help following travesty at the Grants, and is almost grabbed along with Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police arrest him. Trey is no hero, but eventually partners with Mark Garner in order to find his friends, who have been imprisoned. Yet, Trey manages to find the c ...more
Emily - This star won't go out
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read the previous books
Recommended to Emily - This star won't go out by: I found it myself
Trey was thinking about Luke, and how brave he was. He wished he could be that brave. But, if you thought about it, he never really got a chance. Until now. Trey is left stranded in front of Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police rade it. He manages to survive just barly, hidding behind a flower pot until Luke comes for him. But he never does. Now Trey knows that something's up. So, he teams up with a boy named Mark Garner in order to find his friends and save them from the Popualtion Polic ...more
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Among the Brave was an inspirational, thrilling, and action packed novel filled with suspense and drama all at the same time. Not only is the main character a young boy, Trey, but a illegal third child that should not have been born. After living his whole life in hiding, being exposed to the real world mentally impacted Trey. With the government being overthrown, the new military based, monarch takes over everything needed to live and forces control over everyone, even the free people. With cra ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars.
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Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Again, I'm going to have to give a book in this series a 3.5 because I can't bring myself to give it 4 stars. Bummer!! This is book 5 in the series, and it is Trey’s story after he is dropped at Mr. Talbot’s house in the end of Barons. He thinks he’s there to get help from Mr. Talbot while his friends wait in the car, but when Population Police tear out of the garage with a handcuffed Talbot, and Nina and the others speed away from the house, he’s left alone, confused, and scared. He learns that ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read 6 out of the 7 books in the Shadow Children series, and except for the first book, this was my favorite so far! In this book Trey, one of the boys Lee mentored at the school, is the protagonist and "hero",something he never would have thought himself capable of! As a 3rd child, Trey grew up hiding in the city with his 2 friends until they got caught by the population police and "held" in prison, until they could be brought to Lee's school by Jen's father. Trey looks up to Lee and adm ...more
Leah Good
After reviewing this book on my blog I decided to re-read it because it's been a while. It was as good as I remembered. Trey is a likable hero because he does courageous things despite his own fear. If you're willing to look for them, the book also has some good themes about doing the right thing despite potentially bad consequences, the sanctity of human life, courage, friendship, etc. This book is my favorite in the series and can be read alone, but I'd recommend reading the stories in order. ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Among the Brave is the fifth installment in the Shadow Children series. In this book it is all about how Trey, as a third child, went and fought against all odds. He was forced to put his fear aside in order to save his friends.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More action packed then the last book. Now I am really curious to how they free themselves. Next book here we go.
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Hiding and running away from the law are challenges Luke Garner has to face because of his secret. In “Among The Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Luke Garner struggles by hiding a secret, he is a shadow child, a shadow child is another term for the third child which wasn’t allowed in Luke’s town.Luke is tired of hiding, he wants to be a kid, he wants to play outside and football with other kids like his brothers Matthew and Mark, Luke wants to go to school and have friends. His mom just wants him to ...more
Hunter Soerens
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Among the Brave
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I really enjoyed reading this book. This was one of the best books in the Shadow Children series, I think at least. I really liked how each book went with a different character. The last book in the series I read was about Luke, but this one was about Trey.

Trey and his friends, Nina, Joel, and Jon, are all on their way to Mr. Talbot’s house. When they arrived there they debated on who was going to get out of the car and go knock on his door. There mission was
Through a series of well-timed, unfortunate events, Trey finds himself testing his illusive bravery. Being separated from Luke, he finds himself hiding out at the home of Mr. Talbot. The home has been trashed and Trey is afraid. After a few days pass, he spies Smits and Luke’s brother, Mark near the house. Could it be that Luke’s family is living near him?

Conjuring up more gumption, he decides to confront Mark. While deciding if Luke and Nina are in danger, they decide to rescue them, unbeknown
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2000-2015-pub
Trey is an illegal third child, who has spent his whole life in hiding, until he went to Hendricks School with other third children with fake IDs. 
In Among the Brave, Trey is overcome with his cowardice when he is driven to Mr. Talbot's house and is abandoned. Mr. Talbot works for the Population Police, who seek out illegal third children in order to bring them to justice. However, Mr. Talbot is a double agent, and helps third children. 

The Plot:
The entire story takes place in a little over a da
Emma Lauren
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the fifth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and follows Trey, Luke's friend from Hendricks School, rather than Luke. We see Trey coming to terms with how to be brave and save the people he has come to care about the most. Overall, this book really started to show the plummeting and downfall of society, but I just did not feel as captivated by this book as I have by others in the series. Maybe because Trey is not as captivating as a protago ...more
It was better than the last two books in the series but it still can't beat the suspense I first felt when I read it.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book in the series so far, in my opinion. It was fast paced and suspenseful; I read it in one sitting.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Brandon Bastar
Personal Response
The book Among the Braveby Margaret Peterson Haddix was a good book. I liked it because it gave good and clear details of everything that went on in the book. It gave good perspective of each event. The book would sucked me in once I started reading. I did not want to put the book down.

In the beginning of the book Trey and Lee were running from the population police and had to find a new safe place to live. Their previous place had just been raided and the Grants were kille
Blake Conwell
Personal Response: You have to read the rest of the books in the series. It's easy to read and that's a good thing for weak readers. The story line is getting really good, so can't wait until i'm done reading them. Hopefully they can overrule the government and make kids legal again.

Plot: Among The Brave is about four young kids trying to plan an escape to get Luke Gardner out of the population police jail before the police try to kill him. The main character's friend "Luke" has been taken priso
Ryley Hofferber
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal response: I liked this book a lot because of the ongoing story line throughout this series. This story kept me very interested through the whole entire book. The way the author writes is very intriguing and keeps me interested.

Plot: Trey was a very scared third child for along time. He was scared to even see other people when he was first introduced. Trey went from being that scared to being stranded on the Talbot’s porch looking for answers. Trey became one of the bravest characters i
Carmen Yeung
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix interest me a lot with their unpredictable events that happen to the main character. In page 31, I figured out that Trey's friend was an illegal children.Then he was followed by population polices, because his parents are captured by the police. He was helped by his friends named Mark, which helped him get to Mr. Talbot to help them.He gets help from his friends to save his other friend Luke. I really loved this book, how the children in this ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
First sentence: Great, Trey thought. I do one brave thing in my entire life, and now it's like, 'Got anything dangerous to do? Send Trey. He can handle it.' Doesn't anyone remember that Cowardice is my middle name?

Premise/plot: Among the Brave is the fifth book in Margaret Pertson Haddix's Shadow Children series. Trey, the narrator, faces great challenges in this one. For Trey, going outside is an act of bravery. So when all of his friends disappear, and the trustworthy adults in his life disapp
Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite book in the series. The protagonist is now Trey Jackson which annoys many of my students because they just want to know what is going on with Luke. However, Haddix continues to develop all of her characters and this portion of the story is Trey's as he and Luke's brother, Mark, set out to rescue Luke. Lacking self-confidence, Trey never felt he was brave or worthy until fate steps in and makes him do things he never thought possible. This novel features more action t ...more
Andy McCoy
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a kid named Trey. He is a elegal third child and families can only have two children per family. Trey and his friends escape the Grants house. They travle to Lee Grants house. He is a eleagal third child. His real name is Luke but Trey does not know that. Luke goes up to the frount door steep of a erson named Goerge Talbot and when he gets their Mr. Talbot does not seem so nice. Then the population police show up. Trey hides until the population police leave. Then he goes in t ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-children
Trey has done one brave thing in his life: saving L's life at the end of the previous book. Now he is on his own out in the open world. He spent his first twelve years living in one room and never leaving, so just breathing outdoor air is an act of bravery for him. Can he find it within himself to save his friends who are in danger from the new (and worse!) Government?

If you're reading all my reviews, then you'll see how quickly I've read these. As I said in the first review, they are written at
Rebecca norton
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The reason I love rhis book is because there isn't one page that you aren't scared for the character's life. I love the characters. How they have all been so traumatized and still can be so brave. The main character in this book is Trey, who in this book series is considered to be the weakling and turns out to be a real hero. He saved other people from death even though he was afraid.
Alanna P
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although I felt the book started slow with a character I had a hard time connecting with in early books, it only took a couple chapters to hook me with the story line and to develop a new side to a familiar character. I felt like I grew and changed with the characters and truly believe that this story might be a metaphor for the way that many people feel in their lives today.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very different book, a wholly outdoor adventure at last. Very surprising that things fell into place that easily in the end. You would think the leader of the Liber group, or whatever they call themselves, would be better guarded. But this sets the stage for the final battle, and another switch over from Luke to Trey opens up the door for further self-discovery.
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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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