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Luke Garner is terrified. Out of hiding for the first time in his life, he knows that any minute one of his new classmates at Hendricks School for Boys could discover his secret: that he's a third child passing as the recently deceased Lee Grant. And in a society where it's illegal for families to have more than two children, being a third child means certain death at the h Luke Garner is terrified. Out of hiding for the first time in his life, he knows that any minute one of his new classmates at Hendricks School for Boys could discover his secret: that he's a third child passing as the recently deceased Lee Grant. And in a society where it's illegal for families to have more than two children, being a third child means certain death at the hands of the dreaded Population Police. His first experience outside the safety of his home is bewildering. There's not a single window anywhere in the school; Luke can't tell his classmates apart (even as they subject him to brutal hazing); and the teachers seem oblivious to it all. Desperate to fit in, Luke endures the confusion and teasing until he discovers an unlocked door to the outside, and a chance to understand what is really going on. But to take this chance -- to find out the secrets of Hendricks -- Luke will need to put aside his fears and discover a courage that a lifetime in hiding couldn't thwart. Once again, best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix delights her fans with this spine-tingling account of an all-too-possible future. Among the Impostors is a worthy companion to Among the Hidden and a heart-stopping thriller in its own right.


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Luke Garner is terrified. Out of hiding for the first time in his life, he knows that any minute one of his new classmates at Hendricks School for Boys could discover his secret: that he's a third child passing as the recently deceased Lee Grant. And in a society where it's illegal for families to have more than two children, being a third child means certain death at the h Luke Garner is terrified. Out of hiding for the first time in his life, he knows that any minute one of his new classmates at Hendricks School for Boys could discover his secret: that he's a third child passing as the recently deceased Lee Grant. And in a society where it's illegal for families to have more than two children, being a third child means certain death at the hands of the dreaded Population Police. His first experience outside the safety of his home is bewildering. There's not a single window anywhere in the school; Luke can't tell his classmates apart (even as they subject him to brutal hazing); and the teachers seem oblivious to it all. Desperate to fit in, Luke endures the confusion and teasing until he discovers an unlocked door to the outside, and a chance to understand what is really going on. But to take this chance -- to find out the secrets of Hendricks -- Luke will need to put aside his fears and discover a courage that a lifetime in hiding couldn't thwart. Once again, best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix delights her fans with this spine-tingling account of an all-too-possible future. Among the Impostors is a worthy companion to Among the Hidden and a heart-stopping thriller in its own right.

30 review for Among the Impostors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Amber

    The plot line of this series is just very interesting and I remember now why I loved these books when I was younger. They are so underrated, so I think y’all should check this series out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bubbles123

    you really have to read the first shadow children book to get this one. it follows through where Luke gets a new fake identity. He becomes lee grant, a former boy who died in a ski accident.Luke goes through the school trying to blend in,as he was told. if you want more information read the book.the writer really takes a whole paragraph to explains Lukes feelings which i like. it gives you a better understanding of how he truly feels.This book is not predictable like some others. I had no idea a you really have to read the first shadow children book to get this one. it follows through where Luke gets a new fake identity. He becomes lee grant, a former boy who died in a ski accident.Luke goes through the school trying to blend in,as he was told. if you want more information read the book.the writer really takes a whole paragraph to explains Lukes feelings which i like. it gives you a better understanding of how he truly feels.This book is not predictable like some others. I had no idea about the ending.I would say that mainly people who are into the first should definably read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    5* This is like revolution leader angst. The main character is obviously going to become some genius that frees all the shadow children. This kid is already so good and this isn't even his final form. I like all the references to Jen from the first book because there are these moments where Luke wants to be more brave like Jen, but it's because he much more cautious and careful than Jen that his steps in their ultimate goal to help free everyone are more effective. Jen's ideas was a great motivat 5* This is like revolution leader angst. The main character is obviously going to become some genius that frees all the shadow children. This kid is already so good and this isn't even his final form. I like all the references to Jen from the first book because there are these moments where Luke wants to be more brave like Jen, but it's because he much more cautious and careful than Jen that his steps in their ultimate goal to help free everyone are more effective. Jen's ideas was a great motivator for his ambition.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    The Good: This dystopian, fast-paced story made for a good quick read. You have to read the previous book to get it, but, it's worth it! The Bad: As someone who was harassed throughout my school years, the bullying scenes were hard to read. Conclusion: Despite the fact that some moments in this book triggered some bad memories, I still enjoyed it. I'm glad I have the next two in the series on hand!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber J

    I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you. Short but good. I found this one far more heart-pounding than the first one. I never got around to reading these when I was younger and I'm excited to finally be getting to them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyler_E1

    This book reminds me of what is happening in the world because I have heard of in China and in other countries, there have been problems with the population so there were laws where you could only have so many kids to try to keep the populations down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    angel jewel

    Luke, also known as Lee Grant, and Jen's dad moved away. Lee Grant goes to this Hendricks Boys School and he's afraid that he's going to blow off his identity. He gets bullied all the time, but all he wants to do is to fit in. He starts to hang out with a group of friends, but he's not sure if he could trust any of them. Jason was one of the people he hangs out with. Later on, Lee Grant found out that Jason works with the Population Police. This book was good, you'll get it if you had already re Luke, also known as Lee Grant, and Jen's dad moved away. Lee Grant goes to this Hendricks Boys School and he's afraid that he's going to blow off his identity. He gets bullied all the time, but all he wants to do is to fit in. He starts to hang out with a group of friends, but he's not sure if he could trust any of them. Jason was one of the people he hangs out with. Later on, Lee Grant found out that Jason works with the Population Police. This book was good, you'll get it if you had already read the first book of the series. I would recommend it to people who loves to read mysterious books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I read this in a single sitting before bed last night. MPH is so fantastic. If only I had a copy of the next one....although since I know there’s a change of protagonist coming, I’m not as excited for that one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jablonski

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Among the Imposters is the second book in The Shadow Children series. The book was alright. It would've been better, I think, if it was longer. The book is under 200 pages long, and half of that doesn't really matter to the point of the book I don't think. I wish that Haddix would have included more detail to the book. One something really big happens in the book, such as Luke/Lee meeting the group of other shadow children in the woods, I think the details are skipped over. It only gives the rea Among the Imposters is the second book in The Shadow Children series. The book was alright. It would've been better, I think, if it was longer. The book is under 200 pages long, and half of that doesn't really matter to the point of the book I don't think. I wish that Haddix would have included more detail to the book. One something really big happens in the book, such as Luke/Lee meeting the group of other shadow children in the woods, I think the details are skipped over. It only gives the reader a broad concept of the conversations that follow him meeting other people like him. Once Luke/Lee met them, Margaret didn't really add much information about what they talk about while they're in the woods. All she says is that they're not talking about how to help other third children in any way possible. When Luke/Lee overheard Jason in the hallway talking to the population police as an informant, everything was rushed. Luke/Lee attacking Jason(Jackal Boy) was rushed and there wasn't much detail. Then, when Luke/Lee was getting Jason to the nurses office, I don't think that the nurse asked him enough questions about it or informed him well enough about what was wrong with him based off of Luke's explanations. In the morning, after Luke/Lee turned Jason into the nurse and broke into the main office to contact Mr. Talbot to inform him about the people who were in danger, nothing was said about anything. The broken glass in the door to the main office wasn't mentioned, no one else knew that Luke and Jason got out of bed that night, and no one really questioned Jason's absence in the morning. I also would like to know how Jason kept the phone hidden and how he got it in the first place. How did the boys who Jason ratted out to the population police over the phone know what aliases to use? Where they told in the morning by someone? Maybe by Mr. Talbot? How did the program Luke/Lee started up with growing a garden with other third children work? Was it something that the whole school knew about, or did they still have to pick out the shadow children from the one's who had mental illnesses or issues? I think there are too many gaps in the book that leave out important or interesting information. Overall, the book was pretty good. If you take out the gaps in it, the book would be great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    It was a very good book with many twists and turns. I would recommend it to everyone in the galaxy if I could!! VERY ambiguous story! I love it because it is super duper coooooooooooooool :) ! Stay pragmatic! ~Daniel

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jan Carlo

    This book is okay, it's really not that intense as the first book. But I read it any way I'm not gonna read the whole series because I'm focusing on the new series I'm reading, so yeah. This book is about an illegal third child name Luke Garner and Jen's Dad is trying to help him and he goes to this school for boys and he is really scared of blowing his cover of being an illegal third child. I think this book is okay because I like how Luke finally experienced the world. The first book is more in This book is okay, it's really not that intense as the first book. But I read it any way I'm not gonna read the whole series because I'm focusing on the new series I'm reading, so yeah. This book is about an illegal third child name Luke Garner and Jen's Dad is trying to help him and he goes to this school for boys and he is really scared of blowing his cover of being an illegal third child. I think this book is okay because I like how Luke finally experienced the world. The first book is more intense.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Among The Imposters- Post 1/4 Luke Garner masked himself for the sake of his family, he masked himself from society. In a crumbling world, the third child in any family is meant to be cast away due to a government that can't sustain the population. His whole life has been spent running and hiding from the Population Police, and now in "Among The Impostors" by Margaret Paterson Haddix, he takes the importance of his family to full lengths by changing his name. Change in Luke's life came when he w Among The Imposters- Post 1/4 Luke Garner masked himself for the sake of his family, he masked himself from society. In a crumbling world, the third child in any family is meant to be cast away due to a government that can't sustain the population. His whole life has been spent running and hiding from the Population Police, and now in "Among The Impostors" by Margaret Paterson Haddix, he takes the importance of his family to full lengths by changing his name. Change in Luke's life came when he walked into Hendricks School for Boys as a new person. Mr. Talbot, who watched over Luke, got him into this school for invisibility against the Population Police. The school's not what he expected, as he's tormented at night by memories of his past life and a jackal-like bully. The hallways and classes are grotesque, and Luke's sucked into a black hole of confusion. The school doesn't even have windows... Mr. Talbot had given Luke a note in the headmaster's office while Luke was inducted into the school. Seeing this as an aide, Luke drives himself crazy as he tries to find just one little place to read it. Finally, a door leads him outside the school and into the woods. The note is revealed, and only bears two words; "Blend in". This enrages Luke, his mind spins with life altering decisions. Should he go back to the cruel minefield of a school, or risk his life and the life of his family to go back to his family farm? Luke's always made tremendous sacrifices for his family, and with thought of their love, he decides to do back into the Hendricks School for Boys. Luke's obviously confused with himself, and lets the people in his life affect his physical and mental decisions. The school hasn't helped; as a child he hardly saw the outside world, much as there are no windows in this dark school. There seems to be a trend going on... The death of his friend Jen has haunted him, but confounds him because she had an aggressive attitude against everything. It's an attitude that Luke wishes he could have. So, he doesn't know to go against or with Mr. Talbot, seeing that he's her father. As you've read, Luke's character is confusing to himself and to anyone else who's reading. I guess you'll have to read on to really understand this character. Among The Impostors- Post 2/4 Before long, Luke finds a sort of harmony in the outside world. He begins a garden, in the woods. For once at the wretched school, he's happy. The more he goes outside to his garden, the more he thinks of the school as a chess game. He's just a pawn, sacrificing himself for something bigger than he is. Luke comprehends the fact that the hall monitors are always looking at the door to the outside world, and decides to follow the monitors and their allies outside in the cold night. Through out the conversation that Luke overhears while a group of students meet, he realizes that they too are third children. But the fact that Jackal Boy (BULLY) was in the group made him weary of his decisions. Courage arises, and Luke steps out from behind the tree to be seen. As he's inducted into the group of third girls and boys, he spins stories of the days when he talked and hung out with Jen. Apparently, this was awe inspiring to the others. He told the story of the Third-Child rally in front of the White House, and how every living soul was murdered. Luke still hasn't come to terms with how the school works, and still hasn't come to terms with the absence of his family, and Jen. Maybe this new group will help him, maybe they'll drive him crazy. Who knows, you'll just have to read on! Among the Impostors- Post 3/4 Third child group meetings kept going on, but at a steady pace things have changed. Jason (Jackal boy) plans to lead a resistance against the overpowering tyrant government. One night, everything changes. With Luke hard pressed to study for school finals, he makes the decision of skipping the meeting to study. In the midst of the night, Jason leaves the bedroom, Luke follows. Before long, Luke has no idea where Jason has gone, but hears faint mumbling. The mumbling was coming from Jason's mouth... Luke walked down the stairs to where Jason was with a whisper of the foot, so not to be seen. Jason is giving the real names of his own allies, and ends the cell-phone discussion with the words, "They don't know I'm part of the Population Police." Luke scrambles to tell Mr. Talbot, and it pays off. The following day, Jason was taken in custody by the population police, and the other third children were safe. All of this happened thanks to Mr. Talbot. In the past fifty pages, Luke has been guilty for his actions, as well as confused of what he should do. He still aspires to act like Jen, the rebel. He has some personal gratification as Jason is taken away to be killed, by the Population Police that he himself had worked for. Among The Impostors- Post 4/4 In the final pages of "Among The Impostors", Luke is finally given information to clarify the whole situation that has turned his life inside-out. He personally speaks with Mr. Talbot, and the schools namesake, Mr. Hendricks. It turns out that the person he trusted, Jason, was either bribed by the Population Police to do their dirty work, or he was fighting for a cause that he believed in. Mr. Hendricks and Mr. Talbot mutually proposed the idea of Luke moving to another school. Although it seemed like a logical decision, Luke chose to stay at the school. He would keep masking himself for the sake of the other third children. In the woods, Luke and the other children planted a garden of peas. Trey, who wouldn't open his eyes to the outside world, finally opened them as he planted a new seedling into the ground. "Among The Impostors" was based around foreshadowing and the need to ask questions. Is there betrayal? When is he going to die? What's wrong with the school? Those questions and foreshadowing of character, and plot brought me to the conclusion that "Among The Impostors" gets 4.5/5 stars. It was just one of those books that you can hardly put down, not for the cliche reasons though. The most common question that came up when reading this book was, "Could this ever really happen in the world's future?" As you can see, "Among The Impostors" is a bit of a confusing ride, but the thought of it happening, and certain plot changes, will ultimately keep you reading. Recommendation: Ultimately, anyone can read this book. The idea and plot aren't very difficult to grasp. Although that's true, the prospect of this really happening could be a potential scare to children younger than ten, whilst a ten year old can comprehend what's going on and realize it'll never happen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    WyattQ

    Among The Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a 2001 dystopian book and it’s the second book of the Shadow Children series. In this series, each family can only have two kids. Luke Garner, is a thirteen-year old illegal third child with a false identity. The identity of Lee Grant who died at the end of Among The Hidden, the first story of the series. Luke in this story must not tell anyone that his name is Luke or he’ll get caught by the Population Police. At the beginning of the story, Lu Among The Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a 2001 dystopian book and it’s the second book of the Shadow Children series. In this series, each family can only have two kids. Luke Garner, is a thirteen-year old illegal third child with a false identity. The identity of Lee Grant who died at the end of Among The Hidden, the first story of the series. Luke in this story must not tell anyone that his name is Luke or he’ll get caught by the Population Police. At the beginning of the story, Luke is very fearful and he didn’t know where his classes were. Mr.Talbot gave him a note, and Luke found a door that led him outside to read the note. It didn’t do him any good. As the story goes on, Luke goes to the woods almost every day during some classes, and he tried to make a garden with raw potatoes but they got trampled on. Eventually, Luke found out he isn’t the only child with a fake I.D. He finds out that during the night, some Shadow Children leave the building at night to meet up, along with some girls for Harlow School for Girls. Jason betrayed four Shadow Children and he was working for the Population Police. Luke knocked him out because he called the Population Police on four Shadow Children, and the next morning only Jason got arrested by the Population Police because they believed that he was lying about the Fake I.D’s. Luke goes to a meeting later that day with his history teacher, the headmaster of the school, and Mr.Talbot and they told Luke that this was mainly the first school that Shadow Children go to out of hiding but Luke decides to stay at the school to help other Shadow Children. In my opinion, this story is dark because Luke is in a school of unhelpful teachers and mean students. Also, Luke gets called rude names in this story, and someone gets knocked out. I recommend if you’re below fourth grade to not read this story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Crowell

    I thought the book was great because they finally got a secret I.D. and found out there were more shadow children at the school.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jorge

    "Among the Hidden" is a book from the Shadow Children series of books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It has lots of unexpected twists in the plot and it keeps readers hooked. Luke Garner is an illegal third child who lives in a time where parents are allowed only two children due to famines. After receiving help from Jen Talbot's father, George Talbot, Luke is now going to Hendricks School for boys. Because he is an illegal third child, Luke gets a fake I.D. and is posing as Lee Grant, a boy from "Among the Hidden" is a book from the Shadow Children series of books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It has lots of unexpected twists in the plot and it keeps readers hooked. Luke Garner is an illegal third child who lives in a time where parents are allowed only two children due to famines. After receiving help from Jen Talbot's father, George Talbot, Luke is now going to Hendricks School for boys. Because he is an illegal third child, Luke gets a fake I.D. and is posing as Lee Grant, a boy from from the powerful Grant family who died, at Hendricks. On his first day of school, Luke already finds himself in a tough position. He doesn't know the classes, the students, or the dorms. Luckily, he survives his first few weeks at Hendricks. He gets lost one day and finds a wooden door that leads outside to some woods. He waits until a hall monitor turns his back and then rushes towards the door. He does this a couple more times and decides to build his own garden because of all the open space outside and because the food at Hendricks has no taste. On day, Luke goes to the woods again only to discover that the vegetables that he planted had been destroyed. He goes to the woods later on in order to find the culprits. Luke discovers that night that the students who go out to the woods are third children with fake I.D.s, just like him. The problem is: can he trust them to keep his secret? "Among the Imposters" is filled with suspense. I would give "Among the Imposters" 4 stars because Haddix really knows how to use literature to make her stories sound real. "Among the Imposters" is only the second book in the Shadow Child series and I intend to read more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zac

    B.R#3 Among The Impostors is a spectacular sequel to Among The Hidden. It is by Margaret Peterson Haddix. There are many different characters.There is Luke, Mr. Talbot, Jackal boy, and Mr. Dirk. They each play a key role in the book. They all help Luke along the way through Hendricks School for Boys. They made Luke realize a way to help shadow children everywhere. “When I came out of hiding I told my parents that I wanted to help other third children. Only, I didn't know how. But now I do.” The s B.R#3 Among The Impostors is a spectacular sequel to Among The Hidden. It is by Margaret Peterson Haddix. There are many different characters.There is Luke, Mr. Talbot, Jackal boy, and Mr. Dirk. They each play a key role in the book. They all help Luke along the way through Hendricks School for Boys. They made Luke realize a way to help shadow children everywhere. “When I came out of hiding I told my parents that I wanted to help other third children. Only, I didn't know how. But now I do.” The setting is amazing. It takes place at a school called Hendricks School for Boys. The setting has a great role in Luke's progression through the book. It gives him a different perspective of the world. Instead of hiding twenty four seven. He comes straight out of hiding and is expected to blend in with the boys.”Then he started, trying to make sense of Mr. Talbot’s scrawl. The note only had two words: Blend in” By blending it helped Luke figure out what he was going to do to help shadow children come out of hiding. I would highly recommend Among The Impostors. It is good for someone who likes fantasy and science fiction. At only 172 pages it is a short and very entertaining read..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Pike

    Luke no longer living with his family, just having his best friend, and only friend shot by the Population Police. Luke doesn't know what to do in his new life at Hendrick's school. The only thing that Luke can hope for is the note Mr.Talbot left him. Luke kept waiting for the perfect time to look at the note. Until one day Luke spots a open door, and quickly bolts outside to look at the note. But all the help he got was a few two words "Blend in". Luke was furious at Mr.Talbot, because now Luke Luke no longer living with his family, just having his best friend, and only friend shot by the Population Police. Luke doesn't know what to do in his new life at Hendrick's school. The only thing that Luke can hope for is the note Mr.Talbot left him. Luke kept waiting for the perfect time to look at the note. Until one day Luke spots a open door, and quickly bolts outside to look at the note. But all the help he got was a few two words "Blend in". Luke was furious at Mr.Talbot, because now Luke couldn't depend on anything, not he note, nothing. Luke still angry with the world, and Mr.Talbot, but then Luke saw something he saw the same exact door open, Luke quickly looks around to see if anyone is looking, and he quickly bolts to the door. Luke soon realizes that he isn't the only one who sneaks out of the school, and he wants to know who. So Luke waits the people out for days until he watches the door open, Luke quickly follows the group of boys into the woods, the group is met by a group of girls, Luke listens to what they say. Finally Luke gathers enough courage to show himself. Will he be accepted by the group or will be lost forever?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lars Guthrie

    Second of seven in 'The Shadow Children Sequence.' It really helps to have read the first, because this one takes right off at full speed from 'Among the Hidden,' with little background exposition. That increased the excitement level for me, and is an effective way to lure in series fans. And the idea is just great--a boarding school without windows with a nearly autonomous student population (the teachers throw out meaningless demerits and don't seem to take attendance). Most of those students Second of seven in 'The Shadow Children Sequence.' It really helps to have read the first, because this one takes right off at full speed from 'Among the Hidden,' with little background exposition. That increased the excitement level for me, and is an effective way to lure in series fans. And the idea is just great--a boarding school without windows with a nearly autonomous student population (the teachers throw out meaningless demerits and don't seem to take attendance). Most of those students turn out to have autism-spectrum-like anti-social behavior. They serve as camouflage for Lee Grant and other third children sought by the Population Police in a chillingly familiar future America ruled by an authoritarian government. Luke Garner/Lee Grant is really forced into resilience in 'Among the Impostors.' The reader roots for him as he stands up to bullying and learns to trust in his own strength. I'm really enjoying 'Shadow Children.' Thanks, Naomi, and others who have recommended it to me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leah Good

    This series first captured my interest when I was thirteen. Six years later I still occasionally return to them as comfort reads. It's rare to find books that were age appropriate as a tween an early teen that remain interesting years later. Among the Impostors follows twelve year old Luke Garner, an illegal third child. After his only friend, another third child, dies, Luke is separated from his family and taken to hide in a boys school. There he meets other third children...but he's not sure al This series first captured my interest when I was thirteen. Six years later I still occasionally return to them as comfort reads. It's rare to find books that were age appropriate as a tween an early teen that remain interesting years later. Among the Impostors follows twelve year old Luke Garner, an illegal third child. After his only friend, another third child, dies, Luke is separated from his family and taken to hide in a boys school. There he meets other third children...but he's not sure all of them are what they seem to be.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    I hate to dis the author but the whole scared little hiding Luke is getting kind of old. I think that like the first book in the shadow children series, there is to little action.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Weiss

    Tris Prior, Katniss Everdeen and Thomas Edison have got company! Luke Garner is a 3rd child in a famine-stricken, dystopian, totalitarian world governed by strict population control laws which condemn a third child to death merely by virtue of its existence. To exist and hide with a false name and false identification renders the offense an aggravated crime punishable by death by torture at the government's choice. Jake Talbot, a civil servant working for the population police, is actually a grie Tris Prior, Katniss Everdeen and Thomas Edison have got company! Luke Garner is a 3rd child in a famine-stricken, dystopian, totalitarian world governed by strict population control laws which condemn a third child to death merely by virtue of its existence. To exist and hide with a false name and false identification renders the offense an aggravated crime punishable by death by torture at the government's choice. Jake Talbot, a civil servant working for the population police, is actually a grieving father whose daughter Jen, also a third child, was summarily murdered by the government for the crime of attempting to stand up for her rights and for the rights of other children like her who didn't ask to be brought into this difficult world. Because Luke failed to find the courage to stand beside Jen at the anti-government protest rally where she met her death, he finds himself unexpectedly alive but angry and conflicted about his survival. Likewise, Jake, who was unable to protect his daughter, now has courageously chosen to put his own life in jeopardy by providing Luke with a false name, false identification and a school placement where he can at least live openly in the real world. AMONG THE IMPOSTORS is a story of the search for courage to stand up to a totalitarian government; the coming of age realization that there are false people in the world who would claim friendship but offer betrayal for their own venal purposes; the realization that, from time to time, life offers only choices which represent variations on ugly outcomes; that maturity and growing sometimes means choosing and accepting the least of all possible evils. It's also worth pointing out that, as a young adult novel, AMONG THE IMPOSTORS also cleverly plays up the value of education, study and motivation without slipping into the trap of preaching or scolding recalcitrant or perhaps unmotivated young students. If you have yet to read AMONG THE HIDDEN, do yourself a favour and set this book aside for a spell. Go back and start at the beginning of the SHADOW CHILDREN series, a most worthy addition to the growing canon of young adult literature, a genre that has blossomed most wonderfully in the last twenty years. The books are short (no more than 3 to 4 hours for a typical adult reader, I should think) but they are powerful, moving, absorbing, and compelling - so much so that I wonder if a typical young adult reader is capable of absorbing all of the messages that Margaret Peterson Haddix has actually put on offer. Maybe or maybe not? ... but I'm positive that any young reader will enjoy it and put on their thinking cap to consider what they've read when they're finished. I'm looking forward with bated breath to reading AMONG THE BETRAYED. Paul Weiss

  22. 4 out of 5

    Noah Rucks

    Personal Response: I read Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson. I thought this book was very good, because it kept me interested and reading the entire book. I also liked how it kept me wanting to read the next book in the series. Plot: Luke Garner was a third child who was given a fake ID and sent to attend school at Hendrick's School for Boys. Luke was mistreated every night by a boy named Jason. Luke found a quiet spot in the woods outside the school where he started a small garden. One day Personal Response: I read Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson. I thought this book was very good, because it kept me interested and reading the entire book. I also liked how it kept me wanting to read the next book in the series. Plot: Luke Garner was a third child who was given a fake ID and sent to attend school at Hendrick's School for Boys. Luke was mistreated every night by a boy named Jason. Luke found a quiet spot in the woods outside the school where he started a small garden. One day, Luke went to check on his garden and found it trampled to the ground. Luke figured that other kids must of been sneaking out too. Luke waited by the door to see went outside. A group of boys walked out, and Luke followed them to a clearing in the woods near his garden was. The guys from the school met up with a group of girls from a neighboring school called Harlow's School for Girls. Luke figured out that all the kids he met were third children. They were planning on marching to the capital for the second time, but they never took action to make it happen. After a while, the kids wandered back to their respective schools to sleep. Luke was studying for finals when Jason woke up. Luke followed him to hallway where he made a phone call. Luke knocked Jason out cold and picked up the phone to find that Jason was talking with the population police.The next day the population police showed up, Jason pointed out the kids Luke met by saying they all were third children. The principal pulled out a file saying otherwise, and the population police left. Luke decided to stay at Hendricks to help the other boys adapt to society. Characterization: Luke Garner was a shy student when he arrived at the school, but after the incident he changed for the better. He made new friends and interacted with kids more. After the raid happened, Luke wanted to help every shadow student. Jason was the top dog at that school. He made fun of many kids and made school terrible for many people. Setting: This was out in the country in the United States. Most of it took place at the school called Hendrick's School for Boys. The time period in the book was important, because it outlawed having more than two children. The book never says a time period, but it seems to be futuristic because the population is growing so fast and then need to control it. It also gave children who read the book a good perspective on what was happening in this time period. Thematic Connection: The main theme for the book was survival. This was evident because Luke spent his entire life always trying not to get caught. He also wanted to live like another human being without worrying about getting caught. Recommendation: I recommend this book to middle schoolers because of the life situations that took place in the book. I recommend this to middle schools, they need to learn how to overcome hardships and keep on trying even if its hard. I also recommend this to middle schooler because of the reading level would be too easy if older and too hard if they were younger. I recommend this book to guys and girls because of Luke being involved in the book and also girls that were attending the girls school in the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Yes, Luke now has his fake ID that will allow him a modicum of safety as he ventures out into the world for virtually the first time in his life. Mr. Talbot obtained the necessary papers for him and as Luke says good-bye to his family, he is taken to the Hendricks School for Boys. Never having been outside before, let alone meeting new people, Luke is frightened and apprehensive. At Hendricks, odd things happen. The other students are either cruel or clueless. The huge, brick building has no win Yes, Luke now has his fake ID that will allow him a modicum of safety as he ventures out into the world for virtually the first time in his life. Mr. Talbot obtained the necessary papers for him and as Luke says good-bye to his family, he is taken to the Hendricks School for Boys. Never having been outside before, let alone meeting new people, Luke is frightened and apprehensive. At Hendricks, odd things happen. The other students are either cruel or clueless. The huge, brick building has no windows. And, the teachers, well they are disconnected and robotlike. Luke just wants to make a friend, a friend like he had in Jen, but right from the start, he is subjected to bullies. Gathering up his courage, he is determined to figure out what is really going on at the school. Unexpectedly one day, he finds a door open to the outside. He grabs his chance to explore outside the walls, and what he finds is truly amazing, yet bewildering. Could it be that he isn’t the only 3rd child holed up at this school? Does he start asking questions that may be the death of him? Will he ever see his parents again? As tension rises and danger lurks, Luke realizes he must reach out to the one and only person who can truly help him. But will Mr. Talbot’s affiliation thwart any attempt to the truth? Among the Impostors is a fast-paced, thrilling suspense second book in the Shadow Children series. Haddix draws you just enough to want more...and more. A great series for reluctant readers and fans of suspense.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber Schrameyer

    Among the Imposters is book two of the Shadow Children series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Having a third child in this version of America is outlawed due to the lack of food. Luke is a third child who got the opportunity to start new under the name Lee Grant at Hendricks School for Boys. Luke has to learn how to not only keep his secret but also attempt to fit in despite his absence of knowledge about the real world. At his new school, Luke feels homesick and misplaced after being push Among the Imposters is book two of the Shadow Children series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Having a third child in this version of America is outlawed due to the lack of food. Luke is a third child who got the opportunity to start new under the name Lee Grant at Hendricks School for Boys. Luke has to learn how to not only keep his secret but also attempt to fit in despite his absence of knowledge about the real world. At his new school, Luke feels homesick and misplaced after being pushed around and tormented all day by his roommate, Jackal Boy. Luke wants to save his kind and get justice for his neighbor and friend Jen Talbot that passed away. Considering her dad is the person who got him this opportunity, it’s the least he could do. Will he get caught? Take a chance and read the book to find out. The Shadow Children series has been my go-to-book since fourth grade and even after growing up I still love the stories and characters. For example, there’s plenty of adventure and mysteries waiting to be solved in these books, which really hooks you in from the start.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    I wrote in my previous review for the first book in this series that it is good for a YA series. I still feel that way in regards to this book. Although the plot is good I think the writing is pretty basic. I just prefer way more back story, or in depth explanations for certain situations like informing on shadow children. I'm glad Luke overcomes his timid tendencies. I was surprised by how mean almost all of the characters were at the Hendricks school. Even the adults.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Schwind

    I love this series. The deep thinking that it inspires and the decision-makers it creates.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    Okay, I'm a little bit hooked! This certainly isn't the best series I've ever read, but I definitely need to find out what happens! RTC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gideon Dong

    This book is talking about another third children. It is no more food in the earth, that why president tell humans should not have third child. This child has one bad dream, and he went to the site and find some information.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Addie Dehart

    1st family read of 2020. The boys were both really invested in the story, I personally found it to be on the dull side. I do think the ending was good.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Super easy/quick read but I am so into this story line, I can't quit reading the series.

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