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Children of Refuge

(Children of Exile #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  50 reviews
After Edwy is smuggled off to Refuge City to stay with his brother and sister, Rosi, Bobo, and Cana are stuck alone—and in danger—in Cursed Town in the thrilling follow-up to Children of Exile from New York Times bestselling author, Margaret Peterson Haddix.

It’s been barely a day since Edwy left Fredtown to be with his parents and, already, he is being sent away. He’s smug
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Scott Fillner
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the next thrilling chapter in the Children of Exile series, Children of Refuge, Edwy finds himself in challenging decisions where he has to find answers to his own questions. Normally armed with numerous questions and seeking answers, Edwy is forced to take matters in his own hands to save his friends.

The story was a page turner that did not disappoint. When it comes to a close, it leaves you in an all to familiar palace with Haddix novels, many more questions than answers.

I highly recommen
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book in the Children of Exile series, we follow Edwy's story. He is separated from Rosi, kidnapped by his own father, and sent to live with an older brother and sister that he never knew he had in Refuge City. The more he learns about Refuge City, the more he realizes how vastly different than anything Fredtown and the Freds prepared him for. When he learns what happened to Rosi (which was in the first book), he sets aside his new life in Refuge City to find her. The non-stop acti ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
First sentence: The man lunged out of the darkness to grab me as I ran by.

Premise/plot: Children of Refuge is a companion novel to Margaret Peterson Haddix's Children of Exile. The narrator of this second novel is Edwy, Rosi's skeptic friend. Edwy hasn't been in Cursed Town long before he disappears--is kidnapped. Rosi hasn't a clue where he's disappeared to, if he's dead or alive. Readers aren't kept in the dark long; Edwy's father has "kidnapped" him and sent him away to Refuge City, to be wi
Snazzy Reads
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This might be my new favorite Margaret Peterson Haddix series!
Sarah Monsma
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
In Fredtown, where he lived for the first twelve years of his life, Edwy was the rebel, the one who wanted to turn the rules on their heads, the one who thought the Freds weren’t giving the kids of Fredtown the whole story. But in his real home with his true parents, there are just as many secrets, and things are so different, it’s even hard to figure out how to rebel. What’s clear is that something big and very, very bad happened before Edwy was born. Edwy decides to find out what it was and en ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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After just 24 hours with the Watanabonesets in Cursed Town, Edwy is ordered taken to Refuge City to attend a prestigious boarding school while living with the older brother and sister he has never met. In true Edwy fashion, he fights Udans, his father's employer, every step of the way, especially since he doesn't want to be separated from Rosi. Once he gets to the city, his siblings Enu and Kiandra are not pleased to see him, and tell him that the "boarding
Crystal Hill
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Quite an intense story. Interesting to learn the past of this crazy adventure. Although the end left off quite abruptly and I am eagerly awaiting the next book!
Violet Sinclair
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Michael Chen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Children of Exile series.

This was an amazing read. Unlike her critically acclaimed The Missing series (which is one of my all-time favorites), the books in this upcoming series are very short and definitely more simplistic, partly due to the fact that they are told from the perspective of a 12-year-old. Each book contains only a sliver of the full plot. Book 1 revolved around Rosi's perspective while Book 2 revolved around Edwy's perspective. At the end of Book 2,
Dorine White
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story focuses on Edwy, Rosi's friend from the first book. Edwy is sent by his birth father, in the dead of night, to Refuge City. He is told that once there he will be living with his older brother and sister. This is a shock to Edwy for he is used to being the oldest kid from Fredtown and he didn't know he had siblings.

Once there life is strange. Even though he has always been a rule breaker, he can't seem to understand why people live the way they do in the city. Why they aren't kinder or
Taylor Manrique
This is the heart-wrenching story of young Edwy, a boy that has just been reunited with his parents after being ripped away from them years prior. Just when he thought he had his old life back, Edwy is shocked when is taken from them once again and placed in Refugee City with tons of other kids around his age. Edwy is curious and eaager to discover why him and all of these other kids are here and when they will, or if they will be returned to their families. Edwy and his new friends bound togeth ...more
Becky B
It is Edwy's turn to take the spotlight. In book one readers got Rosi's perspective of events as the kids in Fredtown were returned to their real parents. In this one we follow Edwy around after he arrives to meet the parents he's never known. After less than a day of being back, Edwy is smuggled out of the town where his parents live and told he's being shipped off to boarding school with his two older siblings in the City of Refuge. Edwy is blown away for a vast number of reasons, but chief am ...more
Tonja Drecker
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With thrilling moments, unexpected surprises and cleverly placed words for thought, this is a science fiction must read for kids.

Edwy has just met his parents and, less than twenty-four hours later, is already being smuggled off to live in Refuge City to attend a boarding school with the two siblings he's never met. But nothing is as he thought it'd be. Learning that his friend, Rosi and the other children who are still in Cursed Town are in trouble, he needs to find a way to help them before it
Kora Hay
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The man lunged out of the darkness to grab me as I ran by. In this book, Children of Refuge, by Margaret Peterson it shows action, and at the end of each chapter it leaves you with cliffhangers. This book is personally my favorite book, out of all of the books I have read by Margaret Peterson. A young 12 year old boy( Edwy) is sent away to Refuge City by his father, who he has known for 24 hours, and he has a older brother (Enu) and an older sister (Kiandra). Back in Fredtown Edwy has a friend n ...more
MK Whitmer
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Peterson Haddix is a well-known author, famous for her middle-age/youth adventure stories. Her most recent publication is the second in her “Children of Exile” series. In “Children of Refuge”, Haddix continues the story of children who have been raised away from their birth parents in Fredtown. In this story, the focus is on Edwy, a young man who has had his issues and wonders if he will ever be able to stay out of trouble. But as he tries to acclimate to his new environment he discover ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
So much of what made the first book captivating was the mysterious nature of what was really happening. Children of Refuge lacks that captivation factor because it is written from the perspective of Edwy. He still hasn't figured out many aspects of his situation, while his counterpart in the first book knows everything. Because of this, he's slowly discovering over the course of the whole book what Rosi discovered in the climax of the last book.

On the bright side, Haddix does a great job of cre
Stacy Mozer
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Edwy is returned home after living in a mysterious place called Fredtown, he thinks he is going to get to know his parents for the first time. Instead, they send him away to a place called Refuge City to live with a brother and sister he has never met. Life in Refuge City seems too good to be true and as Edwy starts to learn more, he realizes he can't go forward until he settles some details of his past and finds his friend Rosi, who he has left behind. This story is full of unexpected twis ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children of Refuge was a great book. It was so good that I couldn't put it down. It kept me engaged and I suggest that everyone above the age 10 should read it. Some of the words were hard to understand but if you used your context clues, you could figure out what the word meant.

Children above the age 10 should read this because some of the words were hard to understand. If you used context clues, you could figure out what the word meant. If you read it to other kids, you might have to tell them
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Another great installation in the Children of Exile series. A new story with relation to the first, but from a new perspective with a new set of issues and problems. These books are jam packed with adventure, originality and great characters. This series is a fun and imaginative step out of the day-to-day grind. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I recommend this whole series.
Cassie Thomas
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queen of sci-fi has done it again y'all. Just finished Refuge and am speechless, need book3 NOW! This storyline is so futuristic in a complete alien anarchy fighting to take over the entire Earth basically. Rosi and Edwy's stories are ones you will cling to and hope for positive outcomes. Exile is from Rosi's POV and already out, Refuge is Edwy's story and out in September! You don't want to pass up MPH's stories in your classroom!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
Heart-racing thriller with lots of cliff-hangers and unexpected twists. I was at a disadvantage because I didn't read book #1. There are lots of unanswered questions and encouragement to read book #3.
Two BookWorms Blog
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again readers are pulled into the story as we wonder not only about the actions of Edwy, but also the fate of Rosi.

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Sarah Levy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Haddix has such an incredible way with words. As usual, Refuge kept me on the edge of my seat, always wanting more, unable to put down! Cannot wait for book 3!
Tara Ethridge
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this series and was excited to see the second one out. I gave it five stars bc I couldn’t put it down: action, dystopia, adapting to the new world after being abducted and living with aliens for years, and tons of other cool stuff. Action-packed and fun series . Found on Overdrive for UDH peeps.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Read with Sofie at bedtime. She loved it as much as the first and can't wait for the next in the series. I thought it was cerebral and repetitive. The 3 star review is our compromise.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a little thrown off by the plot twist in the first book, but I like how things came together in the second book in the series.
Megan Bowler
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The follow up to Children of Exile. I really like this series and can't wait for the third installment. This book is told from Edwy's point of view. I like how he grows as a character and helps his siblings to grow as well. This is a good dystopian series for younger readers.

Content Advisory: Great story with nothing really objectionable. Some mild fighting scenes and [spoiler] alien encounters, so very young readers may be scared.
Julie Kirchner
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book! So good. I typically am not a huge science fiction fan, but Margaret Peterson Haddix is the queen of middle grade sci-fi. This is the second book in the series and starts with the story of Edwy, one of the children returned to their "real" home after living with the Freds for 12 years. Life at home is not what it seems and the second book starts out as Edwy is being kidnapped by his father and sent away to live in a "safe" city of refuge with two siblings he never knew he had. The sib ...more
Alison Gettler
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always of fan of Haddix's work! Once again you are turning pages to see what is going to happen next. Love the way she keeps the suspense and wonder.
Lori Garrod
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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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Children of Exile (3 books)
  • Children of Exile (Children of Exile, #1)
  • Children of Jubilee (Children of Exile, #3)