©1998 Margaret Peterson Haddix; (P)2007 Recorded Books,LLC
I am actually writing this for my son who read this book in fifth grade. He LOVED it! A lot of the material is things he had really never thought about and it led to some very interestng family conversations about the China one-child policy, etc.
This was a very well written book but also very sad. I would not recommend this book to the faint hearted because while you grow to like some of the characters they end up parsing and leaving you heart broken.
Futurestic, Sad, Hopeful
The friendship that develops between Jen and Luke...the Shawdow Children.
How he went out on limb to help and protect his daughter, that wasn't even his biological daughter and to fight the Government. Then he gave Luke the chance at an actual life.
When Luke met Jen's Dad and they grieved over their loss. Jen's Dad gave Luke the life he would have never been able to have unless he had met Jen and listened to her wisdom.
I teach 6th grade and used this in my language arts class. My kids loved the story and immediately wanted to read the rest of the series. It is a great book to discuss current events (China's one child policy) and inspires students to read other stories.
Great story. Simple quick read for adults. Great novels for middle school!
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