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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 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 with every passing day. Can Luke trust Smits to keep his secret? And can he trust Smits's menacing, fat bodyguard, Oscar who carrys a sledge hammer?


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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 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 with every passing day. Can Luke trust Smits to keep his secret? And can he trust Smits's menacing, fat bodyguard, Oscar who carrys a sledge hammer?

30 review for Among the Barons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Avel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think I'm done with this series. A lot of the characters actions didn't make any sense. I know this is supposed to be a kids book, but come on. I found the Grants particularly stupid. They tell Luke their plan to have him fake his death so they can mourn publicly, then tell him he'll have to go back into hiding after. Why not just lie and say that they'd get him a new ID afterwards so there's a higher chance that he will go along with the plan??? There's been an assassination attempt on the presi I think I'm done with this series. A lot of the characters actions didn't make any sense. I know this is supposed to be a kids book, but come on. I found the Grants particularly stupid. They tell Luke their plan to have him fake his death so they can mourn publicly, then tell him he'll have to go back into hiding after. Why not just lie and say that they'd get him a new ID afterwards so there's a higher chance that he will go along with the plan??? There's been an assassination attempt on the president? Let's let a small child kick us out of the house where it happened so we can't investigate the cause. Your parents got crushed by a giant chandelier? Okay, let's just let the servants clean up the bodies of their employers with no police involvement. How did Oscar even know Lee was dead? Wouldn't that be an important detail to know that he wasn't just working for the Grants? Also wtf at Oscar calling Luke names and trying to bully him into helping him at one point. He seems really dumb and childish yet is supposedly orchestrating this secret blackmailing and tricking every other character simultaneously. Also, the kids trusted a random faceless chauffeur of the Grants to take them to the home of a double agent. Those among many other things really made the book cartoonish and bizarre in my eyes. Particularly in contrast to the first book in the series which was interesting and plausible. I think among the hidden would have been better without the rest of this awkward series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I think that this book is great. The plot in this book has a lot of action to it. I also think that the characters in this book are very easy to have personal connections to. The author describes the characters in a way that makes them feel like real people. Plot Luke loves living at Hendrick's School for Boys. The fake identity of Lee Grant has gotten him the most freedom he has ever had. Mr. Hendricks asks Luke to look after a new student to the school. The new student, Smits Gr Personal Response I think that this book is great. The plot in this book has a lot of action to it. I also think that the characters in this book are very easy to have personal connections to. The author describes the characters in a way that makes them feel like real people. Plot Luke loves living at Hendrick's School for Boys. The fake identity of Lee Grant has gotten him the most freedom he has ever had. Mr. Hendricks asks Luke to look after a new student to the school. The new student, Smits Grant, is the younger brother of the deceased Lee Grant. Smits is a very cold and unusual boy who acts older than he really is. A fire erupts during the night and the whole school is evacuated. The faculty believes that Smits started the fire, and they send Lee and Smits to the Grant Mansion. The Grants are very cold towards Smits when he comes home. They also act as though Luke is the real Lee. The Grants later inform Luke that their son is dead because he was doing things against the government. They also tell Luke that they plan to fake Luke's death in order to openly announce the death of their real son. The plan would also force him back into hiding. Oscar, the Grant's bodyguard, informs Luke that he once worked with Lee. Oscar has a plan to overthrow the government and wants Luke's involvement. The Grants have a huge party and the president is one of the guests. At the end of the party Oscar drops a chandelier in an attempt to kill the president. The chandelier misses the president and ends up killing the Grants. Smits and Luke survive and they escape to Luke's real parents house. Characterization Luke is a very adventurous and fun loving boy. He is very independent and a natural leader at Hendrick's school. He takes an interest in Smits and becomes a new brother to him. He learns that the plot to overthrow the government is a lot bigger than him but it doesn't stop his determination to be a part in it. Impact of Setting The setting in the school is very important in learning who Luke is. Luke is a natural leader in the school and you can see that by how the boys react towards what he says. The school also creates a feeling of safety for Luke and all the other third boys like him. The mansion sets a very cold and intimidating mood in the book. The huge mansion makes any sign of emotion feel small and insignificant to the characters and it adds an aspect of secrets to the book. The book's setting adds the feeling of suspense that Luke may get arrested for who he truly is. This suspense causes the reader to get more into the book. The school is where Luke's journey as Lee Grant first begins. The mansion is where Luke's journey as Lee Grant ends, and his journey as himself begins. The time setting of the book seems relative to the present based on the technology that is available to the characters. A relative time setting to the present shows what the consequences could be if the population were to be regulated in our world. Thematic Connection I think that the theme throughout the book is things aren't always what they seem to be. Luke sees his new identity as a safety card but it ends up bringing him more troubles than he ever had. The life of Lee Grant is filled with a lot of mystery and danger that ends up finding Luke. The life in the mansion as Lee Grant gives Luke lots of conflict and he almost dies because of it. Rating/Recommendation This book has a great story to it which is why it earns all five stars. The plot has a great amount of detail to it and I would highly suggest it to anyone who likes the series. I also suggest that anyone who likes books with a deep and well thought out story line should read it. This book is great for both genders and I would recommend it from late middle school and up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    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 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 but the subject matter. With this book as with the whole series, the topic was population control. This book also deals once again with trust. Luke has been living under the identity of Lee and attends school. His fake 'brother', Smits now joins him. Smits is totally opposite of Luke and Luke is unsure of Smits ability to keep quiet. The danger of being found out is still very much there for Luke. To me this (along with her other books) is a must have book for all classroom libraries.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teaha

    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 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 is there something that the Lee Grant family is hidding? find out by reading the book Among the barons to find out and just don't do read this book but read the first 3 they are better. you will be on you toes trying find whats happens in each book!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Asuncion

    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 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 story a little bit. As for Alia, Percy, and Matthais, they aren't in this book, but they are mentioned a little bit. This book series is starting to become one of my favorites yet and I definitely recommend this book to readers who love suspense and mystery.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The plot thickens in this 4th of the Shadow Children series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    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 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 grow between Smits and Luke, more secrets come out about the barons and Lee’s death. Yet, when the Grants ask that both sons come home for a visit, Luke’s hackles are raised and his intuition tells him there is much more to the story and more more at stake. He’s right. Among the Barons pits Luke against those that oppose his life up close and personal. He navigates their home life, parties, and political affiliates with careful scrutiny. Danger is lurking. Will Luke have the wherewithal to survive this glitzy facade? Another thrilling entry into the Shadow Children series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A few things didn't make sense to me. What was really going on with Oscar? He almost killed Luke with the chandelier but said they held off so they wouldn't hit him. They didn't hold off and Luke was almost killed. Why was Smits no longer a Grant after his parents were killed? Why would Smits have to stay with Luke's family when he was an heir of the Grants? Why was Luke not able to stay with his own family? I feel as though Smits and Lee would have inherited the Grant fortune and just lived on A few things didn't make sense to me. What was really going on with Oscar? He almost killed Luke with the chandelier but said they held off so they wouldn't hit him. They didn't hold off and Luke was almost killed. Why was Smits no longer a Grant after his parents were killed? Why would Smits have to stay with Luke's family when he was an heir of the Grants? Why was Luke not able to stay with his own family? I feel as though Smits and Lee would have inherited the Grant fortune and just lived on it as the Grants. Because they're underage they'd have to stay with relatives or whatever the case with this new world but picking and choosing random families and ID's didn't make sense.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lauren

    Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the fourth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and follows Luke (Lee) as he has to keep up his complicated lie of a life. He has been living with his fake I.D. for about four months now, and things seem to be perfect... until Lee's (and therefore, his) brother comes to Hendricks School. Lee now has to figure out if his "brother" has ulterior motives for being there, and Luke really begins to question what his life his worth, and what the li Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the fourth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and follows Luke (Lee) as he has to keep up his complicated lie of a life. He has been living with his fake I.D. for about four months now, and things seem to be perfect... until Lee's (and therefore, his) brother comes to Hendricks School. Lee now has to figure out if his "brother" has ulterior motives for being there, and Luke really begins to question what his life his worth, and what the lives of other's are worth as well. Another good addition to the saga, and I look forward to the rest!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin Foun

    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 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 it could use some improvement. Overall, this book is four out of five stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Oden

    Definitely my favorite so far in the series! Smits just wants to grieve properly and feel loved and noticed. The ending made me cryyyyy! Ugh, loved this one so much! “Watch out for chandeliers...”

  14. 5 out of 5

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elea C

    This book was yet another great book from this series, Among the Hidden. This was the fourth book of the series, Among the Barons. Whats happening is that you know how Luke went to Hendricks school and that he became Lee grant which who is a baron, a person who is really rich. Their was a surprise one day at Hendrick, his "little brother", which is really Lees little brother Smit's came to school with his bodyguard Oscar. Luke, Lee was so surprised and nervous, he never knew that he had a fake l This book was yet another great book from this series, Among the Hidden. This was the fourth book of the series, Among the Barons. Whats happening is that you know how Luke went to Hendricks school and that he became Lee grant which who is a baron, a person who is really rich. Their was a surprise one day at Hendrick, his "little brother", which is really Lees little brother Smit's came to school with his bodyguard Oscar. Luke, Lee was so surprised and nervous, he never knew that he had a fake little brother too, He also has fake parents. Anyway Luke, Lee kinda is feeling bad for Smit's when he hears all the things him and the real Lee used too do, Smit's acts all professional and careless, but he is really just a kid who lost his brother. Luke, Lee finds himself in a messy, tangled vines of lies that grow more complicated as each day goes by. Will Luke, Lee trust Smit's with his secrets AND trust Oscar, Smit's intimidating bodyguard? Or will he fall into a cell in a blink of a eye?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aidan Wycoff

    Among the Barons follows what seems to be a tradition in the Shadow Children series: a great story with twists and turns. Among the Barons offers something completely new, seeing what the lifestyle for a Baron is like, and having a Baron sibling. The inclusion of Smits brings a whole new aspect of the story, seeing how Luke pretending to be Lee becomes a lot harder. Among the Barons is another solid entry in the series and should definitely be read by series' fans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Flease

    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. Plot 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 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. Plot 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 younger brother was coming to the school, he was scared for his life. When he arrived at school, he had a bodyguard with him. His name was Oscar. Luke had to play dumb to try and not let Smits find out he really was not Lee Grant. Luke survives all of that until the Grants want both of their sons to come back home. Luke has never seen a house like the Grants owned, he had always been locked inside his house hiding. After a couple of nights living with the Grants they tell him that they know he is not actually Lee and that their son had died. Afraid that Smits will spill the truth about Luke they wanted to fake his death at a party. While at the party, the parents got hit by flying chandeliers and died. That left Luke to take of Smits. That is when Luke decides to go back to his own house and introduce Smits to his family. Luke and Smits stay a night with his family. Luke then tells Smits he is going to live with his parents while Luke tries to accomplish his mission by freeing all third children. Characterization Luke overcame many obstacles at Hendricks School for Boys. He had to deal with Smits, Lee’s actual younger brother. On top of that Luke was forced to deal with Oscar, Smit’s bodyguard. Luke had no idea what they came to the school for, so he had to be careful what he said around them. I think Luke handled it all very well. He then became very close with Smits and they shared information with each other. Impact of Setting The first part of the story takes place at a school. Luke is under a different identity trying to avoid getting caught by the Population Police. This is when families in the late 1900s were only allowed to have two children in different parts of the world. Then Luke goes and lives with the Barons. They are one of the richest families in the country. Living there is way different for Luke, he is used to be a country kid. The way they dressed really bothers Luke because he always has to wear a suit. In the end it is a good thing he lives with the Barons, that allows him and Smits to become close. Thematic Connection I think a very big theme in this story was trust. Luke had to figure out if Oscar was telling him the truth or if Smits was. In the end Luke waited long enough for each of their characters to show and trusted Smits. If he would had trusted Oscar, that might of had him in some big trouble. Oscar would have probably turned him into the population police. Recommendation I would have to recommend this book to middle school through high school boys. I think they would understand the storyline the best and be able to stay focused throughout. It would also be a good book for someone who likes suspense. Luke always had to be on his toes when he was around Oscar.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryley Hofferber

    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 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. Which means the headmaster of the school needs to have words with him. When Luke gets to his office, his orders are to pack his things because he is going to live with The Grant’s. The Grant’s are not his parents but his fake ID says they are. The Grant’s are also one of the most powerful people in the world. Luke is more nervous than ever, and he does not even know why he is going there. After some time at the Grants one night Luke gets woke up in the middle of the night. Mr. and Mrs. Grant talk to him about how they will give him a makeover to make him look exactly like their son. The real Lee Grant died trying to help the cause of third children. The Grants plan to give Luke a makeover then fake his death at their next big party. That never seems to happen though because luckily an 800 pound chandelier falls on both Mr. and Mrs. Grant and kills them both. Luke proceeds to get Smits, his “younger brother”, and take him to Luke's real parents house where he will be safe. Luke then continues the fight. Characterization: Luke Gardener is the main character in this series, otherwise known as Lee Grant with his fake ID that is at least. Luke is a very smart character. He always seems to figure every little detail out and when there is something he doesn't know he finds out what it is. Luke is about 17 years old and if I was put in the situation he is in I wouldn't be able to last one minute. Impact of settings: The setting of this book changes a lot. First, this book is based way in the future where third children are illegal. The reason it changes is because he goes from Hendricks school for boys to The Grant’s huge mansion. The difference being at Hendricks he could do whatever he pleased and when he talked he knew there wasn’t people listening to him. The Grant’s house was more restricted, because there was always a maid that was listening and no place was safe to talk. Recommend: I would recommend this book to any girl or boy ranging in ages from 12-18. I rate this book a five out of five stars. I rated this book a five out of five because it really sucked me in too not just this book but to the whole series. there is very much detail on every little thing in this book. That's what i love about this series. If people don’t enjoy mysteries this isn't the book for them, also if they don't enjoy detail stay away from this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jared McCallion

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Among the Barons is the fourth book in the Shadow Children series. In Among the Barons, we return to the story of Luke Garner, Luke is an illegal third child in a society which only accepts 2 children per household due to a shortage of food. When it became unsafe for Luke to hide with hide with his family, he was given a fake identity and was sent off to Hendricks School for Boys. Hendricks turns out to be a safe place for illegal third children. After Luke has to face struggles with an infiltr Among the Barons is the fourth book in the Shadow Children series. In Among the Barons, we return to the story of Luke Garner, Luke is an illegal third child in a society which only accepts 2 children per household due to a shortage of food. When it became unsafe for Luke to hide with hide with his family, he was given a fake identity and was sent off to Hendricks School for Boys. Hendricks turns out to be a safe place for illegal third children. After Luke has to face struggles with an infiltration to the school, everything seems to be going great. This is where the plot of Among the Barons begins. Just as Luke is beginning to feel safe, one of the worst possible things happens to him, the fake I.D. that was given to him was of a deceased child named Lee Grant, Lee died in a skiing accident just recently before Luke took on the identity of Lee. The Grants had lied about their child’s death since he was doing something illegal, and gave the identity to Luke. Everything seemed to work out, but someone unexpectedly crashes the party. Lee’s younger brother, Smits, is admitted to the boarding school. Luke is told that the reason he Smits coming is that he misses his brother. But the thing is, Smits knows Lee is dead. As the story progresses, we find out that Smits is grief stricken by Lee’s death, and feels unappreciated as Lee had been the only one who cared about him. Then, something even scarier happens to Luke, he is invited to live with the Grants. The Grants, however, are not doing this for Luke’s wellbeing, they are doing this for selfish reasons that can only benefit the Grants. They are worried that Smits is going to spill the beans about Lee dying, so they want to fake Lee’s death by using Luke “dying” at a party with a lot of rich folk so the Grants can continue leading their selfish lives and Luke can go back into hiding. Luke, however, is not going to let this happen; throughout the story, Luke needs to stay alive and collect information to overthrow the crooked government and free all the shadow children like him. As we continue to progress through the story, it is revealed that both Oscar and Smits are on Luke’s side, and, with their help, he is able to become free once again at the cost of Mr. and Mrs. Grant’s lives. In this adventure, Luke has acquired allies, gotten rid of threats, and acquired information from the Grants house. I believe this book, along with the entire series, was executed almost perfectly; the plot of the series slowly comes together like a self-solving puzzle. From detailed vocabulary, to a plot as deep as a rabbit hole, this series definitely captivated me with it’s interesting storyline.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Jones

    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 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 and the real Lee spent together. But when Smits wants to get rid of his bodyguard, he sets the school on fire. After the fire, Luke is sent to search Smit's room and discovers two fake IDs in Smits' room: one with Smits' picture labeled Peter Goodard, the other had no picture and was labeled Stanley Goodard. Luke is soon caught up in a complicated web of lies in a world where he is completely unprotected from anything that will prove he is an illegal third child. He has no idea who he can trust, especially Smits and his bodyguard, Oscar Wydell, and as a member of the Grant family in name, Luke is in an incredible amount of danger. Furthermore, the Grant family selfishly desires to express their grief over the real Lee's death by faking "Lee's" death and send Luke back into hiding once again. The return of "Lee" (with a few changes made by the Grants' services) and Smits is celebrated by a party at the Grant's house. At the party, Oscar attempts to assassinate the President, who started the war, and Luke who is saved by Trey. The President was in a different location at the time. Smits's parents are both killed by a falling chandelier. Smits, Luke, and some of Luke's friends escape, dropping Smits and Luke off at Luke's house. Trey grabs some documents which he thinks are important and which he will use in Among the Brave. Smits and Luke are then welcomed back by Luke's family. Smits stays with Luke's family as a sort of fourth son that they had never been able to have. Luke then leaves with more unanswered questions. He feels that he did something right for Smits even though he didn't do anything much for his cause. The book ends with Trey, Nina, Joel, and John at Mr. Talbot's home, seeking answers and safety, and Luke and Smits leaving off at Luke's house.

  21. 5 out of 5

    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. Plot: 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 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. Plot: 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 real son died during illegal activity. The grants bring Luke to live with them. They are motivated by greed and selfish reasons. The Grants are afraid that their youngest son Smit's will expose the truth about the real lee grants death, so they now want to fake lee's death and send Luke back into hiding. Luke is motivated by staying alive, trying to sort out the evil plots, and most importantly by his overwhelming mission to free 3rd children and overthrow the government. The grants wanted to stage Luke's death. So that the real lee's death can remain a secret. The real Lee Grant was killed on a mission to help overthrow the evil government. But, as it turned out, Mr. and Mrs. Grant ended up getting killed. The Grants died during accident by a falling chandler by the bodyguard. So Luke can now maintain his identity as lee grant and can continue on his mission to free all 3rd children. Characterization: Luke Garner: Luke Garner is the main character in the novel. He is a young illegal third child who is existing by using a fake identity. He is maturing and growing up fast. He might actually do this. Smits: Smits is an arrogant spoiled boy, the real son of one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. He usually comes across stiff, formal, and over confident. He misses his brother a lot. Oscar: Oscar is another main character in the novel. He is a huge, muscle-bound, big man who was hired to be Smits bodyguard. He killed the grants by chandler. He make’s fake ids for kids too. Recommendation: I loved this book, it's my 2nd favorite book out of the 6, really interesting. I didn't see this book being good because of the last one wasn't that good. It had more action than any of the four books so far. Easy to read and 5 out of 5 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diana Ocegueda

    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 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 Luck,Smits,Mr.Hendrick,and Oscar.The conflict of this story is person vs person.The theme of the story is trying to make somthing happen.The story Among the barons is about a boy named Luck who is a third child so he has to go to a school for boys and leav his family and change his name to Lee because third children are not accsepted by the goverment .Luck thinks everything will be fine untill Lees younger brother smits showes up at the school wich made Luck very worried because he thinks Smits is going to tell evryone that luck is not his real brother because lee had died from a skeing and geting shot.Later on in the book Luck finds ou Smits is not as bad as of a person as he thought. A major event in the story is whene smits showes up at the school this is a major event because if he wouldent of gone to school luck would have nothing to worrie about and most of the moments of susspens would have not happend so the story would not be as good. What i thought was so great about the book is that some of the chapters or sentences were very relateble wich i thought was a great thing. I would rate this book a 5-5 stars because it was one of the best books i have ever read and it is at some points very relateble.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to be at the eddge of theyir seat trying to figure out what will happen next.These were afew reasons why you should read Among the baron (or the Shadow children series). =)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Josh B

    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 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 family and the third child is illegal. “’Oh, this is ridiculous,” she said. “I’ve never had to hide. I’m a legal individual. I have rights. I am a baron. That’s not the same.” “Don’t you think I should have rights, too?” Luke asked.” This quote shows how Mrs. Grant thinks of third children. She thinks that they do not have rights even though they are human just like she is. Luke thinks that he should have rights even though his is a third child and technically illegal. Civilizations have rules that make up the society and prevent chaos. In some cases, these rules are extreme and do not make sense to some people. In this book, Mrs. Grant believes that the third children do not have any rights and does not question this rule. This third child rule was made when a famine struck and for the civilization to survive, they had to control population. On the other side, Luke feels that third children should have rights because he is a third child. He does not see himself as different from everybody else. Luke believes that you should be able to have as many children as you want without the government having to step in. I would recommend this book to anyone who has finished the first three books. Since this is a series, you would not understand everything in this book without reading the first three. This is a series more for teenagers since the main character is a teenager.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    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, 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, or grieve in any normal way. Luke/Lee finds himself pondering: what does this kid want from me? is he angry with me? does he want to expose me as a fraud? is he trustworthy? why does he want me for a brother when clearly we've never met? Smits does not come alone; accompanying Smits is his ever-present sledge-hammer-wielding bodyguard named Oscar. Luke/Lee soon finds his questions doubled. After a close call at school, the boys are called home. And...wait for it...Luke/Lee finds himself AMONG THE BARONS. My thoughts: This series continues to hold my interest. The only book that I remembered clearly--at least so far--is the first book. So in a way, I feel like I am reading this series for the first time. I find myself getting swept up into the drama and mystery. I would definitely recommend this series if you're looking for a compelling, fast-paced read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cristy

    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 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 interfering bodyguard in tow. Now with the new boy’s oversized guardian Oscar, suddenly ever present, everyone is on high alert and there is no safe break from the charade. Why is Smits even there?... To trip up Luke?.. To expose him?.. Is Smits another spy like Jason? Or is Smits in just as much danger as Luke with secrets of his own to protect? Haddix once again does an excellent job, skillfully bringing yet another installment of the Shadow Children series to life; keeping the story moving forward at a heart-pounding pace. AMONGE THE BARON contains some of the biggest surprises and plot twist thus far and the ending is definitely what you would call a cliffhanger. It’s clear the Shadow Children’s gripping story is far from over.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    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 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 the government. Oscar comes up witha plan to keep Luke out of hiding, but the plan involves putting Smits into hiding. Luck has to deside weather it will be he or Smits that will be forced into hiding. In the end both plans fail and Oscar ends up killing Mr. and Ms. Grant. Luck takes the orfined Smits to his old home and then leaves to meat with his other friends.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jake Funaki

    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

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Ross

    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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    A little too complicated and not quite as compelling as previous books. Still a quick read, still targeted at ya and still talking some hard themes. Having the brother of the fake identity be part of the story felt like a step too far. But the characters were interesting and it ended well. 3.5 of 5.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shaeley Santiago

    For some strange reason, "Lee's" family has sent his younger brother, Smits, to boarding school with Lee. Smit's body guard, Oscar, is with the spoiled baron boy almost every minute. Luke has to figure out what's really going on without blowing his cover as "Lee."

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