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A Reluctant HeroTrey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But A Reluctant HeroTrey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But just when it looks like he's close, Trey suddenly finds himself in danger of exposing not just himself but all shadow children.


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A Reluctant HeroTrey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But A Reluctant HeroTrey may have saved Luke's life, but he still thinks of himself as a coward who can barely stand to be outdoors. Now Trey finds out Luke has been taken prisoner at Population Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, but he knows that if he doesn't rescue his friend, no one will.At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to try getting to Luke. But just when it looks like he's close, Trey suddenly finds himself in danger of exposing not just himself but all shadow children.

30 review for Among the Brave

  1. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    It's been a long time since I read a book in this series, and since it starts immediately following the events in Book #3, I would have appreciated a brief reminder of what had just happened. In any case, Trey has gone to find help following travesty at the Grants, and is almost grabbed along with Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police arrest him. Trey is no hero, but eventually partners with Mark Garner in order to find his friends, who have been imprisoned. Yet, Trey manages to find the c It's been a long time since I read a book in this series, and since it starts immediately following the events in Book #3, I would have appreciated a brief reminder of what had just happened. In any case, Trey has gone to find help following travesty at the Grants, and is almost grabbed along with Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police arrest him. Trey is no hero, but eventually partners with Mark Garner in order to find his friends, who have been imprisoned. Yet, Trey manages to find the courage to infiltrate the Population Police to save Mark from being executed and then mount a daring rescue of his comrades. I liked this book better than the previous ones: 3.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily - This star won't go out

    Trey was thinking about Luke, and how brave he was. He wished he could be that brave. But, if you thought about it, he never really got a chance. Until now. Trey is left stranded in front of Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police rade it. He manages to survive just barly, hidding behind a flower pot until Luke comes for him. But he never does. Now Trey knows that something's up. So, he teams up with a boy named Mark Garner in order to find his friends and save them from the Popualtion Polic Trey was thinking about Luke, and how brave he was. He wished he could be that brave. But, if you thought about it, he never really got a chance. Until now. Trey is left stranded in front of Mr. Talbot's house as the Population Police rade it. He manages to survive just barly, hidding behind a flower pot until Luke comes for him. But he never does. Now Trey knows that something's up. So, he teams up with a boy named Mark Garner in order to find his friends and save them from the Popualtion Police - Even if it means joining the Population Police to do so. But will Trey be brave enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with the very people who want to take his life? This is my favorite Shadow Children book, and I think my third all time favorite =)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Among the Brave was an inspirational, thrilling, and action packed novel filled with suspense and drama all at the same time. Not only is the main character a young boy, Trey, but a illegal third child that should not have been born. After living his whole life in hiding, being exposed to the real world mentally impacted Trey. With the government being overthrown, the new military based, monarch takes over everything needed to live and forces control over everyone, even the free people. With cra Among the Brave was an inspirational, thrilling, and action packed novel filled with suspense and drama all at the same time. Not only is the main character a young boy, Trey, but a illegal third child that should not have been born. After living his whole life in hiding, being exposed to the real world mentally impacted Trey. With the government being overthrown, the new military based, monarch takes over everything needed to live and forces control over everyone, even the free people. With crazy government officials out to get every illegal third children, soldiers out on every corner of the streets, and everyone either taken hostage or even killed, Trey deals with the situation smoothly with his high intelligence and fast critical thinking. Can Trey save his other third child friends or will he chicken out at the last minute when they really need him the most? Read the book to find out. :]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    3 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A Review of Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix If you lived in a country where you can only have two children, if you were a third child you would be in hiding. A law made fourteen years ago changed millions. This law is that you can't have more than three kids, and if the population police catch or find you. You will be punished in death, and if you had to decide, what would you do? Hide for the rest of your life or go out and try to live life but not get caught? Luke, a third child, A Review of Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix If you lived in a country where you can only have two children, if you were a third child you would be in hiding. A law made fourteen years ago changed millions. This law is that you can't have more than three kids, and if the population police catch or find you. You will be punished in death, and if you had to decide, what would you do? Hide for the rest of your life or go out and try to live life but not get caught? Luke, a third child, was born in the country on a farm. He is thirteen years old and goes to Hendricks school. This novel, Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is really good, because you do not know whats going to happen next and it is so unexpected. Luke and his friends are really nice too each other. They are supportive to each other. They are thirteen years old and would've been a regular group of friends but this law changed it. When one friend is sad, they are sad with the friend, and same thing goes for every emotion, like when they were playing outside and Trey got hurt and they all gave up their free time to see if Trey was alright. They are like brothers ,and no one is ever left out. If there was no law they would be smarter and go to real schools. They should not have to live their lives like this because it is a waste of a good life. Thirteen and sixteen year old teenagers would like this book because they really act like regular kids and, it is like they are not even characters in the book. They all like to nave fun and play outside. It's like they just live life until they have no choice to go into hiding. This book has a lot of suspense and when you hear it. You will be on the edge of your seats. Margaret Peterson Haddix's has books that are thrillers. On the front cover of the book it might say "a story filled with thrills" and it sure is true. Her writing makes you get that pit of fear in you're stomach when you're scared or nervous for someone. Like a part of the book was crazy I thought they were going to get caught and get killed but that did not happen. Smits just got to the school like a hour ago and Luke, Mr. Hendrick, and Smits were all in a room, and Luke spotted a big man with a sledgehammer running towards the school. Mr. Hendricks is a man who lost his legs bit he is really wise ,and teaches in the school. Luke was scared straight, and the man was Oscar, he was Smit's body guard. I do not know why he needs a body guard while you're in a secret school that barely anyone knows about. Oh wait. I know why, Oscar is not just there to protect him, he is there to watch Smits so he does not cause any trouble. Oscar does not do a good job. Smits started a fire and caused a lot of damage to the school! Where are all the students going to go now? Well Luke goes to the Grant's mansion and lives there. Smits becomes better than before. Luke really does not like in the Grant's Mansion. I do not know why he doesn't like it but he is living in a house where he doesn't know anyone. I would be really awkward but it's a life or death situation so Luke just had too go along with it. The are almost done repairing the school after about two months. I am surprised because that could've went so much worse, but that is really how Margaret Haddix writes her books. She has a lot of suspense and then just makes it all good in the end. It happened when Oscar was running towards the room that they were in. A man running with a sledgehammer that has bad written all over it! !!SPOILER ALERT!! If you do not have time too read Margaret's awesome series The Shadow Children, here is what ended up happening to Luke's family and Smits family. Well Luke and Smit were all happy because Luke let Smits live with Luke's parents for a while, and Smits was good because he actually had a dad that actually has time for him, so Smits and Luke's parents were happy. On the other hand we have Luke's parents. Mr. And Mrs. Grant are filthy rich, spoiled and do not have a lot of time for Luke. Mr. Grant is too busy working and Mrs. Grant is shopping or working. Margaret Peterson Haddix the author of Among The Barons. Margaret Peterson Haddix was born on April 9th,1964 in Washington Court House, Ohio. She wrote over thirty books and has one series called The Shadow Children, the series that I am reading now. Margaret Haddix is fifty one and is still writing. I recommend to you read her books, because you will enjoy reading them with the great suspense. She is a unique type of author, but in a good way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I really like this book. This book has a great story line and one of the main reasons has to be the constant suspense. The author does a great job of adding a sense of urgency and intensity into the character's actions. I also like how I am able to witness the growth the main character goes through throughout the book. Plot The rebellion against the Population Police has hit a snag. The leader of the rebellion and some of its important members have been arrested by the Population Personal Response I really like this book. This book has a great story line and one of the main reasons has to be the constant suspense. The author does a great job of adding a sense of urgency and intensity into the character's actions. I also like how I am able to witness the growth the main character goes through throughout the book. Plot The rebellion against the Population Police has hit a snag. The leader of the rebellion and some of its important members have been arrested by the Population Police. It is now up to Trey to try and rescue his friends before it is too late. Trey feels very lost and confused after witnessing the arrest of Mr. Talbot. Trey decides that he must find his friend Lee to make a plan, but is told by Lee's brothers that he is also missing. Trey and Mark, Lee's brothers, decide that they must try to find Lee. They go to the Grant Mansion, only to discover it is the new Population Police Headquarters. When Mark is arrested while he is snooping around the building, Trey realize that the only way he could save the others is with Mark by his side. Trey decides to go undercover and uses the vent system to sneak into the basement of the Grant Mansion. After Mark is rescued, the boys find a population police officer who is also part of the resistance. The man wants to help them and he gives them papers to transfer prisoners. Mark and Trey arrive at the prison and Trey goes undercover once more. Trey uses his disguise and the fake papers to receive the prisoners.Trey and Mark narrowly escape the guards at the prison and are able to drive away with the prisoners. Once they find a safe and secluded area, Trey and Mark discover the prisoners they've rescued are Mr. Talbot and their friends. The book ends with the group of kids and Mr. Talbot going into hiding to plan their next move. Characterization Trey grows a lot as a person throughout the book. In the beginning of the book Trey is very shy and reserved, he has very low self confidence, and he refuses to take risks. All this changes after Trey witnesses the arrest of his friends. He becomes more brave and he takes more risks as the book goes on. In the end he realizes that he was brave all along and he just needed to be more confident in his own abilities. Setting/Time The book takes place in a very oppressive country. The law against third children creates a feeling of suspense and frustration throughout the reading of the book. The story becomes very intense when Trey is in the prison trying to rescue his friends, as well as when Trey is in Population Police Headquarters. Based on the technology in the book, the time period seems relative to ours . The impact of having a similar time period is that the laws in the book could possible be in some third world countries where population affects their success. Thematic Connection I think that the theme in this book is becoming something you never thought you could be. Trey thinks he is a very shy and nervous person and, because of this, he establishes himself as the person who isn't able to help anyone. However, Trey discovers he can be brave when his friends need help. He learns to believe in himself and reaches the potential he never thought he had. Rating/Recommendation This book is excellent and is also part of a great series. In my opinion, this book is a great addition to the series and is very deserving of a five star rating. The plot in this book has a lot of action and the characters are very well written. This book is a great read for anybody in upper middle school and beyond. The book is also great for both genders because it has main characters everyone can find relatable. Additionally, this book is great for anyone who loves adventure and suspense.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Again, I'm going to have to give a book in this series a 3.5 because I can't bring myself to give it 4 stars. Bummer!! This is book 5 in the series, and it is Trey’s story after he is dropped at Mr. Talbot’s house in the end of Barons. He thinks he’s there to get help from Mr. Talbot while his friends wait in the car, but when Population Police tear out of the garage with a handcuffed Talbot, and Nina and the others speed away from the house, he’s left alone, confused, and scared. He learns that Again, I'm going to have to give a book in this series a 3.5 because I can't bring myself to give it 4 stars. Bummer!! This is book 5 in the series, and it is Trey’s story after he is dropped at Mr. Talbot’s house in the end of Barons. He thinks he’s there to get help from Mr. Talbot while his friends wait in the car, but when Population Police tear out of the garage with a handcuffed Talbot, and Nina and the others speed away from the house, he’s left alone, confused, and scared. He learns that the president has been overthrown and replaced with the head of the Population Police, who is ruthless and determined to rid the country of ‘thirds’. Riots, executions, betrayals, and an authority overhaul leave pretty much everyone with no idea who they can trust or how they will survive. With the help of Luke’s brother Mark, Trey sets off to find his friends and figure out what he’s going to do now that he’s on the run. Along the way, the timid and naïve Trey learns strengths that he never knew he had, and becomes a key player in the future of the movement to free the shadow children. I really like the way this series is set up to have storylines from several different characters that cover the story as a whole, because it makes me enjoy characters that, to be honest, I didn’t think much of before. Trey was one of them, but after reading Brave and seeing how much he grows, I like him a lot more than I did in the previous books. He goes from this meek little boy to being a strong, clever asset to the movement. I have to admit, after reading 5 books of this series I’m itching for an ending…I’m kind of feeling like enough is enough, but I do really love all of the stories behind each character. I’m just ready for the Population Police to get what they deserve!! =)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I have read 6 out of the 7 books in the Shadow Children series, and except for the first book, this was my favorite so far! In this book Trey, one of the boys Lee mentored at the school, is the protagonist and "hero",something he never would have thought himself capable of! As a 3rd child, Trey grew up hiding in the city with his 2 friends until they got caught by the population police and "held" in prison, until they could be brought to Lee's school by Jen's father. Trey looks up to Lee and adm I have read 6 out of the 7 books in the Shadow Children series, and except for the first book, this was my favorite so far! In this book Trey, one of the boys Lee mentored at the school, is the protagonist and "hero",something he never would have thought himself capable of! As a 3rd child, Trey grew up hiding in the city with his 2 friends until they got caught by the population police and "held" in prison, until they could be brought to Lee's school by Jen's father. Trey looks up to Lee and admires his courage. The story continues drastically when the population police seize power,and the whole country is forced to change. Jen's dad is kidnapped right in front of Trey's eyes,and Lee and his other 2 friends disappear,possibly having been kidnapped also, leaving Trey alone to fend for himself. He makes his way from Jen's house over to Lee's family farm, and befriends Mark, one of Lee's older brothers. Together they hatch a plan to drive into the city and "rescue" Lee and the others. Everything goes pretty smoothly until they arrive at the new population police headquarters and Mark gets caught. Trey has to decide whether to run away and hide (his first instinct) or stay and bravely figure out a way inside, a way to secretly locate the others, and a plan of escape. I can't give away any more info without ruining the plot, but trust me, this book is action-packed and full of intense moments throughout!I enjoyed getting to know Trey's character, and his personality and back story was as well-developed or better than Lee's, in my opinion. I highly recommend this series and this book in particular for teens who like adventure and suspense, or for those who are not really into reading. This is a high interest yet easy to read book series; a win-win!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leah Good

    After reviewing this book on my blog I decided to re-read it because it's been a while. It was as good as I remembered. Trey is a likable hero because he does courageous things despite his own fear. If you're willing to look for them, the book also has some good themes about doing the right thing despite potentially bad consequences, the sanctity of human life, courage, friendship, etc. This book is my favorite in the series and can be read alone, but I'd recommend reading the stories in order. After reviewing this book on my blog I decided to re-read it because it's been a while. It was as good as I remembered. Trey is a likable hero because he does courageous things despite his own fear. If you're willing to look for them, the book also has some good themes about doing the right thing despite potentially bad consequences, the sanctity of human life, courage, friendship, etc. This book is my favorite in the series and can be read alone, but I'd recommend reading the stories in order.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Among the Brave is the fifth installment in the Shadow Children series. In this book it is all about how Trey, as a third child, went and fought against all odds. He was forced to put his fear aside in order to save his friends.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    More action packed then the last book. Now I am really curious to how they free themselves. Next book here we go.

  12. 4 out of 5

    jess ;)

    Hiding and running away from the law are challenges Luke Garner has to face because of his secret. In “Among The Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Luke Garner struggles by hiding a secret, he is a shadow child, a shadow child is another term for the third child which wasn’t allowed in Luke’s town.Luke is tired of hiding, he wants to be a kid, he wants to play outside and football with other kids like his brothers Matthew and Mark, Luke wants to go to school and have friends. His mom just wants him to Hiding and running away from the law are challenges Luke Garner has to face because of his secret. In “Among The Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Luke Garner struggles by hiding a secret, he is a shadow child, a shadow child is another term for the third child which wasn’t allowed in Luke’s town.Luke is tired of hiding, he wants to be a kid, he wants to play outside and football with other kids like his brothers Matthew and Mark, Luke wants to go to school and have friends. His mom just wants him to stay safe inside the attic where no one can see him nor get in trouble.Luke sees a girl, a girl about his age in a house where two children already live.Luke risks everything to investigate who this girl is and why she was in that house.Sometimes you need to take risks in life no matter what the consequences are. Among The Hidden fits in the science fiction genre because in the book it talks about the third child not being allowed because the government doesn't want to overpopulate.In the book the text says “There was a law against Luke. Not him personally— everyone like him, kids who were born after their parents had already had two babies. Actually, Luke didn't know if there was anyone else like him. He wasn't supposed to exist. Maybe he was the only one. They did things to women after they had their second baby, so they wouldn't have any more. And if there was a mistake, and a woman got pregnant anyway, she was supposed to get rid of it.” I enjoyed this book because of the description of every event, the author made me feel like i was with Luke and while reading I could imagine everything that was happening.I think people who enjoy fantasy would like this book because it’s kind of dramatic and you can feel the emotions.Children and adults of all ages would enjoy reading Among The Hidden because it’s appropriate and it’s something that could happen one day if the united states over populate.So if you are looking for a great book to read, pick up Among the Hidden and start reading today.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Soerens

    Among the Brave Personal Response I really enjoyed reading this book. This was one of the best books in the Shadow Children series, I think at least. I really liked how each book went with a different character. The last book in the series I read was about Luke, but this one was about Trey. Plot Trey and his friends, Nina, Joel, and Jon, are all on their way to Mr. Talbot’s house. When they arrived there they debated on who was going to get out of the car and go knock on his door. There mission was Among the Brave Personal Response I really enjoyed reading this book. This was one of the best books in the Shadow Children series, I think at least. I really liked how each book went with a different character. The last book in the series I read was about Luke, but this one was about Trey. Plot Trey and his friends, Nina, Joel, and Jon, are all on their way to Mr. Talbot’s house. When they arrived there they debated on who was going to get out of the car and go knock on his door. There mission was to tell him about the Grants who had died less than a few hours ago. Trey finally got enough courage to go and knock on Mr. Talbot’s door. Mr. Talbot answers the door but is acting weird. Within a minute trey heard tires squealing and a all black car came racing from the house with Mr. Talbot handcuffed in the back. Trey didn’t know what to do. He’s kinda a coward he’s never had to do anything real brave. When he went to go walk to the car again it drove off with his friends and A dozen or more black cars pulled up. The whole house and yard was searched, but they never found Trey. A young boy came up on the porch where Trey was heading and said, “Liber.” Later on Trey found out where his friends were and made a plan to rescue them from prison. He did rescue them and at the end of the book he was planning to rejoin the population police and try to form a rebellion against them. Characterization Trey at the beginning of the book was really just a coward, but at the end of the book he had more courage than any of his friends. He also was mad at his dead father, but by the end he was thanking him for all the stuff he taught him. Lee or Luke was the one always rescuing people from the trouble but that changed when he was arrested and was sent to prison. He was rescued by Trey who was normally a coward. Mr. Talbot was the leader of the Liber plan which wanted to set third children free. He was arrested and beaten very badly in prison, almost to the point of death. He also was rescued by Trey. Setting It all takes place in the future but technology has gone down a little bit. It started out at Mr. Talbot’s house, and Lee’s house which was right next door. Then it went to the Grant’s estate, that the population police had taken over and made into its new headquarters. It moved to on the road to Nezeere which was a prison for people who disobeyed the population police. And at the end of the book it ended up at the hendrick school. Without all these places, the book wouldn’t be a book. Recommendation I would recommend this book to ages twelve and up and any gender. I think anyone younger than twelve wouldn’t understand the book. It’s not a book that would be focused on any gender, so I believe any gender could read this book. It's a very exciting book with some funny parts and some sad.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Through a series of well-timed, unfortunate events, Trey finds himself testing his illusive bravery. Being separated from Luke, he finds himself hiding out at the home of Mr. Talbot. The home has been trashed and Trey is afraid. After a few days pass, he spies Smits and Luke’s brother, Mark near the house. Could it be that Luke’s family is living near him? Conjuring up more gumption, he decides to confront Mark. While deciding if Luke and Nina are in danger, they decide to rescue them, unbeknown Through a series of well-timed, unfortunate events, Trey finds himself testing his illusive bravery. Being separated from Luke, he finds himself hiding out at the home of Mr. Talbot. The home has been trashed and Trey is afraid. After a few days pass, he spies Smits and Luke’s brother, Mark near the house. Could it be that Luke’s family is living near him? Conjuring up more gumption, he decides to confront Mark. While deciding if Luke and Nina are in danger, they decide to rescue them, unbeknownst to Luke and Mark’s parents. Along the way, dangers are everywhere, food is scarce, and the Population Police have taken over the Grant’s home as their headquarters. Mark is captured as an enemy and Trey, once again, has to muster up his courage and rescue him. He finds a few allies along the way, and without them, he would have no chance to find Luke, Nina, John, or Joel. Surprisingly, Trey rescues some of his friends and they find a way to temporary safety amongst an old friend. But, the fight isn’t over...so are they going back into the fray, or are they going to wait it out? Among the Brave is Trey’s story and what a story of bravery it is! Full of danger and suspense, it leads us right into the next book in the series, Among the Enemy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Trey is an illegal third child, who has spent his whole life in hiding, until he went to Hendricks School with other third children with fake IDs.  In Among the Brave, Trey is overcome with his cowardice when he is driven to Mr. Talbot's house and is abandoned. Mr. Talbot works for the Population Police, who seek out illegal third children in order to bring them to justice. However, Mr. Talbot is a double agent, and helps third children.  The Plot: The entire story takes place in a little over a da Trey is an illegal third child, who has spent his whole life in hiding, until he went to Hendricks School with other third children with fake IDs.  In Among the Brave, Trey is overcome with his cowardice when he is driven to Mr. Talbot's house and is abandoned. Mr. Talbot works for the Population Police, who seek out illegal third children in order to bring them to justice. However, Mr. Talbot is a double agent, and helps third children.  The Plot: The entire story takes place in a little over a day, and is filled with suspense. I think it's the best novel in the series so far, especially plot-wise. The Writing: The writing was simple but not choppy, and easy to read. The story is mostly told in Trey's internal workings—a work of character.  The Characters: I loved Trey's character arc; he changed so much—from a boy who thinks he's a coward, to a much, much braver person. The Themes: As expected, there is a theme of bravery, which is reflected in the title, and in Trey's character arc (YAY!) This novel was way better than I expected—a lot of suspense—and I'm excited to read more about what happens to the illegal third children next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lauren

    Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the fifth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and follows Trey, Luke's friend from Hendricks School, rather than Luke. We see Trey coming to terms with how to be brave and save the people he has come to care about the most. Overall, this book really started to show the plummeting and downfall of society, but I just did not feel as captivated by this book as I have by others in the series. Maybe because Trey is not as captivating as a protago Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the fifth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and follows Trey, Luke's friend from Hendricks School, rather than Luke. We see Trey coming to terms with how to be brave and save the people he has come to care about the most. Overall, this book really started to show the plummeting and downfall of society, but I just did not feel as captivated by this book as I have by others in the series. Maybe because Trey is not as captivating as a protagonist as Luke or Nina? I'm not sure, but I hope for a turnaround in the next installation, as the setup for it at the end of this novel was very promising.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Quinton

    It was better than the last two books in the series but it still can't beat the suspense I first felt when I read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    This was the best book in the series so far, in my opinion. It was fast paced and suspenseful; I read it in one sitting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zahoonation

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 BRAVO!!! BRILLIANT!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored and proud to be writing about this book, the fifth book of the shadow children with it's heros: Trey, Mark, and our beloved other characters, this novel -may I say- deserves your loudest and strongest clapping to this wonderful novel especially and to her author, Margaret, for her incredible talent, and her inspiring ideas! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Ladies and gentlemen, can we please stand to greet this novel's main charact 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 BRAVO!!! BRILLIANT!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored and proud to be writing about this book, the fifth book of the shadow children with it's heros: Trey, Mark, and our beloved other characters, this novel -may I say- deserves your loudest and strongest clapping to this wonderful novel especially and to her author, Margaret, for her incredible talent, and her inspiring ideas! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Ladies and gentlemen, can we please stand to greet this novel's main character, the hero, the awesome, the brave lifesaver OUR BELOVED TREY!!!!! *CHEERS* *WHISTLING* *CLAPPING* *SHOUTING* "TREY!!! TREY! TREY!! YAYYYYY!!!" ladies and gentlemen, thanks for you all, please settle down in your seats, we are going to listen to a review about this novel, silence and concentration please.. *Lights out completely* *stage light focuses on speaker* *some sound effects in the background* "We all probably read the first four books of the shadow children right? We all should already know enough about "Trey" our main subject in this book, but let me tell you what I know now after the fifth book, Trey, is a 13-14 years old boy, but not any ordinary boy, he was a third child, an illegal shadow child, Trey, as any other shadow child in a normal condition, was hidden in his family's house, by his parents, who's older sons had already moved out to somewhere far away, Trey was left alone with his parents, he, had sadly been put in conditions that forced him to live all his life (early 12 years of his life) in hiding, he never saw the sun, he never saw the trees, he never saw anything but his parents, his room, and his books, Trey's father took it as a mission to make Trey learn as much as he could, due to him not being able to go to school, like all he other hiding shadow children, and that-learning- happened to be learning by reading books, Trey read books about everything and anything, he knew a lot about the outdoors life just by reading books, he imagined everything, and everything he read about happened to be flat like a book page, all he saw was pictures  and drawings, which made him surprised to see simple things in their real size and dimensions later on. his dad taught him something special too, which is other languages, Trey learned Latin, and French besides his mother language, and he had a huge dictionary of all the odd and difficult to understand words, compared to other shadow children, he was always better in understanding long difficult words, but it just happened to be useless at the early years of his age, anyways, Trey's mother on the other hand, was a normal grey haired, old woman, she had a face full of wrinkles, and dark circles around her eyes, and patched clothes, along with her husband, she wasn't like Trey's father, she never really did show Trey that she cared about him, she sometimes even whispers to his dad that Trey, wasn't a normal boy, and will never have a normal life, she referred to him being in hiding and living the rest of his life in hiding, and when the worst case scenario happened, and Trey's father died from a heart attack, Trey's mother didn't hesitate a second, to grab the fake I.D card -his father had probably made him since he was born and kept it for worst times- and took her son Trey, to Hendricks private school, where most shadow children with fake IDs lived, she left him there, with Trey having no clue what is happening, and guessing his mother just got rid of him in the first possible chance, though later on he remembered her with tears sparkling in her eyes while she walked away leaving him behind, Trey begun his journey at Hendricks, it was his first time in any place other than his room, at first being in a school which had no windows helped him to not panick or feel so much change, what could go wrong then? Someone would ask.. so let me tell you, then there was Jason, who is a boy that the population police used to collect shadow children with fake IDs, Trey became friends with him, not knowing about his bad well, but then came the new boy that changed Hendricks forever, Luke Garner, a shadow child, who had a dream of freeing all shadow children and getting them their rights, to make them legal, to let them live like normal people, Luke discovered the truth about Jason, and caused him to be prisoned by the population police, gaining Mr.Hendricks and Mr.Talbot's complete trust, and starting a new page in Hendricks school, he became best friends with Trey and two other boys, John and Joel, Trey was awestruck by Lee's (Luke) bravery, he never knew how could a shadow child just like him, be so brave, outgoing, and nature/outdoors lover, Trey feared outdoors, he feared light, he feared open spaces, he was always a coward, as he tells himself, he learned how to grow plants, how to run, and how to play, because of Luke, and he never found them useful, until those days came, and strange bad things started to happen, the children's lives took a hard turn to somewhere it never been to before, those innocent children were forced to go through so much, that ended up with Luke standing with his fake parents and brother (the Grants) under a huge chandelier that decided to swing and fall right on them, Mrs.Grant managed to push her son Smits away, and Trey managed to run straight into Luke pushing him away and covering him from the flying crystal glass shreds that cut through their skin, this was the first brave act Trey had ever done in his life, he saved the life of the bravest child he ever knew, and witnessed death for the first time in his life, even this couldn't convince Trey that he was a brave hero, he thought it was because he never had a chance to rethink it, because Trey, the normal everyday Trey was to be frightened only by being put in a situation that involves being in an open bright space, his first thought at those times always was:"hide! Find somewhere to hide!!"  Yet our Trey didn't stop at this, he kept fighting his fears and insecurities throughout the novel, he witnessed Mr.Talbot being arrested by the population police, he promised Mrs.Talbot he would help her, he collected papers from the Grants and the Talbot's houses, papers that he protected through all his journey, papers that turned out to be more important than he ever would've thought. scared and desperate he went with Mark -Luke's big brother- to rescue Luke, Nina, John and Joel, hiding behind bushes in the woods, he watched Mark being arrested by the population police after being struck by the electric fence, he then bravely decided to do what he should to rescue his friends, he risked joining his worst nightmares, his worst enemy, the population police! He did what he did, faced his fears, crawled inside ducts in the population headquarters (the Grant's house), hiding in the duct he listened to the head of the population police who already was the president at that time, and knew how to reach Mark who was the only one prisoned here and at the basement, Trey kept coming up with brilliant ideas, all out of care for his friends, and fear of not being able to save their lives, he faced things he never knew about on his way, he used skills he never knew he had or needed, he was acting just like a hero, and who said heros never feel fear? Trey continued his mission, with help from the resistance (people that work with the government and population police to destroy it from the inside to get freedom) he broke through the danger, faced important high level officers from the population police and managed to carry on an act to save his friends, he saved Mark's life nearly three times, and then he reached his the place where his friends are prisoned, with Mark's leg broken and having burns all over him, Trey miraculously got the prison officer to get Mark a doctor, though Mark was a prisoner. along the way Trey discovered the cruelty of people, and guessed what will happen if those stayed in charge of the country, after some breathless events and frightening moments, Trey didn't just rescue Mark and his friends Luke Nina John and Joel, but he also rescued the chuaffer, and Mr.Talbot (who Trey for the first time discovered was the head of the resistance) with help from Nedley (from the resistance) and Mark who showed infinite strength by dismissing his pain, and fighting with Trey. Trey, had saved everyone's lives by his bravery, saved important papers by his well thinking, and did as he promised Mark and Mrs.Talbot and deserved Mr.Hendrick's trust. And Trey of course didn't stop here, he is now planning to go on with what he and his friends believe, he and his friends now will work together to fulfill the same dream they all share with hundreds of shadow children: a day that will set them all free, to live the life the way they should.." 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Bastar

    Personal Response The book Among the Braveby Margaret Peterson Haddix was a good book. I liked it because it gave good and clear details of everything that went on in the book. It gave good perspective of each event. The book would sucked me in once I started reading. I did not want to put the book down. Plot In the beginning of the book Trey and Lee were running from the population police and had to find a new safe place to live. Their previous place had just been raided and the Grants were kille Personal Response The book Among the Braveby Margaret Peterson Haddix was a good book. I liked it because it gave good and clear details of everything that went on in the book. It gave good perspective of each event. The book would sucked me in once I started reading. I did not want to put the book down. Plot In the beginning of the book Trey and Lee were running from the population police and had to find a new safe place to live. Their previous place had just been raided and the Grants were killed. They were all in a limo when they arrived at the Talbot's house. Trey had to go up and knock on the door. When he got there and knocked there was nobody to answer. He then jumped down in the bushes and a black car took off out of the garage. The limo full of his friends, took off and left him there. He waited one full day before he moved out of the bushes. He was deathly scared and once it was night time he got up and spied on the neighbors. He then found out that he knew them, so he talked to them and made a plan. The neighbor he knew was Mark. They got in a truck and went to the Grant's house. The Grant's house was their old safe house. They thought that maybe all their friends went back there to stay. When they got there, it turned out that the population police had taken over the Grant's house. When they got closer alarms went off and Mark got captured. Trey did not know what to do. Carefully, he walked around the building trying not to act suspicious and realized that everyone was joining the population police. Trey followed along. When he got in there he panicked and started looking for Mark. He remembered a trick from when he was younger. He could climb through the air vents to go from room to room. He found Mark in a room and a prison guard came down and had a talk with Mark. They made a deal with the guard, who turned out to be Mr. Talbot. Mr. Talbot would set all of their friends free if he could come with them. They agreed and they got the truck. They picked up Mr. Talbot and all the friends. They all ran away to a safe house that Mr. Hendrix left for them. Trey found a list of all other third children who joined the population police. Then they realized the kids were the key to take down the population police. Characterization Trey was the main character who was brave enough to risk his own life for his friends. Mark is Lee's brother, another main character, who was risking his life to save Lee. Lee was Trey's best friend and Mark's brother. He was captured by the population police. He was the reason why they went on the whole mission. Mr. Talbot was the rich man who was taken out of his house by the population police in the beginning of the book. He also turned out to be the guard who set the boys free and helped rescue all their friends. Recommendations I would recommend this book for boys and girls age 12-16. It is an interesting book that sucks you in once you start reading. I give this book a three out of five stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Blake Conwell

    Personal Response: You have to read the rest of the books in the series. It's easy to read and that's a good thing for weak readers. The story line is getting really good, so can't wait until i'm done reading them. Hopefully they can overrule the government and make kids legal again. Plot: Among The Brave is about four young kids trying to plan an escape to get Luke Gardner out of the population police jail before the police try to kill him. The main character's friend "Luke" has been taken priso Personal Response: You have to read the rest of the books in the series. It's easy to read and that's a good thing for weak readers. The story line is getting really good, so can't wait until i'm done reading them. Hopefully they can overrule the government and make kids legal again. Plot: Among The Brave is about four young kids trying to plan an escape to get Luke Gardner out of the population police jail before the police try to kill him. The main character's friend "Luke" has been taken prisoner by the population police. "Trey", the main character, is an illegal third child who will be executed by the population police if he is caught. The reason why the population police are trying to kill Luke is because Luke, Trey, Nina and Mark are all illegal third children trying to hide and rebel against the population police.. Luke was captured while stunned and surprised. Luke couldn’t do anything about it. All Luke can do is sit, wait and hope while his friends thinks of a plan without having any intuition on how to get someone out of one of the most guarded jails in the country. Though they do have one person who could help them, an inside man. Thier inside man is a person named Mr.Talbot. Mr.Talbot is a agent for the population police and the reason why he is going to help them is because Mr.Talbot had an illegal third child named Jen Talbot. Sadly, when Jen was trying to lead a rebellion against the unfair treatment about third children one the guards killed everyone there. Luke was very good friends with Jen when they were little and since Mr.Talbot now despises the population police because of that incident, he will do anything to bring the population police down. So Luke may be able to escape of the prison if everyone follows the plan, works together and is brave. Characterization: Trey: He is a very shy and awkward person. He doesn't like doing anything risky or dangerous. Really smart kid. Mr. Talbot is trying to free the kids.(really rich) Recommendation: Extremely good book, easy to read and understand. It's a awesome story line, not confusing at all. Had more action than any of the books so far. I give 5 stars out of 5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryley Hofferber

    Personal response: I liked this book a lot because of the ongoing story line throughout this series. This story kept me very interested through the whole entire book. The way the author writes is very intriguing and keeps me interested. Plot: Trey was a very scared third child for along time. He was scared to even see other people when he was first introduced. Trey went from being that scared to being stranded on the Talbot’s porch looking for answers. Trey became one of the bravest characters i Personal response: I liked this book a lot because of the ongoing story line throughout this series. This story kept me very interested through the whole entire book. The way the author writes is very intriguing and keeps me interested. Plot: Trey was a very scared third child for along time. He was scared to even see other people when he was first introduced. Trey went from being that scared to being stranded on the Talbot’s porch looking for answers. Trey became one of the bravest characters in the book after this adventure and after he saved all of his friends! He had to break all of his friends and Mr. Talbot out of population police custody, which was no easy task at all. Characterization: Trey advanced a lot as a character in this book. He went from being very scared of even the smallest movement or a little noise, to becoming extremely courageous and saving all of his friends from death. Trey’s character changed for the better over these five books. Mark, who was also another main character, contributed a lot to the story line. He helped Trey save his friends and also Mark’s little brother Luke. Mark got seriously injured during this story by breaking his leg. Impact of settings: The setting for this book is based in the population police headquarters where everyone man, woman, and child are all signing up for the population police. The time this book took place is many years in the future when third children are illegal. Recommend: I would recommend this book to kids ages 14-18. This was a very good book that I will tell all my fellow friends about. I rate this book a five out of five stars because I have really enjoyed this whole series. I will continue to read more books by the author Margaret Peterson Haddix.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Yeung

    The book Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix interest me a lot with their unpredictable events that happen to the main character. In page 31, I figured out that Trey's friend was an illegal children.Then he was followed by population polices, because his parents are captured by the police. He was helped by his friends named Mark, which helped him get to Mr. Talbot to help them.He gets help from his friends to save his other friend Luke. I really loved this book, how the children in this The book Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix interest me a lot with their unpredictable events that happen to the main character. In page 31, I figured out that Trey's friend was an illegal children.Then he was followed by population polices, because his parents are captured by the police. He was helped by his friends named Mark, which helped him get to Mr. Talbot to help them.He gets help from his friends to save his other friend Luke. I really loved this book, how the children in this book help each other because they were in need of help that they cant finish it by themselves. I like how they help each other, because they know they will be there for each other if someone needs help. I also admire how they aren’t afraid to speak up for their minds and tried to find others to help them achieve their goal. I will be as brave as them and find my goal by reading more and trying to get better in grammar. Since my grammar is really bad, I also learned from this writer how I can write dialogues with continuation and don’t have to keep writing their names. I enjoy this book as much as I am with my literature book called Hunger Game.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Great, Trey thought. I do one brave thing in my entire life, and now it's like, 'Got anything dangerous to do? Send Trey. He can handle it.' Doesn't anyone remember that Cowardice is my middle name? Premise/plot: Among the Brave is the fifth book in Margaret Pertson Haddix's Shadow Children series. Trey, the narrator, faces great challenges in this one. For Trey, going outside is an act of bravery. So when all of his friends disappear, and the trustworthy adults in his life disapp First sentence: Great, Trey thought. I do one brave thing in my entire life, and now it's like, 'Got anything dangerous to do? Send Trey. He can handle it.' Doesn't anyone remember that Cowardice is my middle name? Premise/plot: Among the Brave is the fifth book in Margaret Pertson Haddix's Shadow Children series. Trey, the narrator, faces great challenges in this one. For Trey, going outside is an act of bravery. So when all of his friends disappear, and the trustworthy adults in his life disappear as well, he's at a loss. He teams up for a while with Luke's brother, Mark. But Mark is CAPTURED leaving Trey on his own to brainstorm a rescue plan. Can Trey find a way to save everyone? My thoughts: The world Haddix created is turned upside down by revolution. But it's a revolution that won't do third children any favors. Freedom still seems to be an impossible dream. I don't know how Haddix manages to pack so much ACTION into her novels. Usually the more action a book has, the less important character development is. That's so far from the case in this series. The books remain thoughtful--contemplative. Yet there's so much going on! Danger abounds.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lorihudeck

    This is probably my favorite book in the series. The protagonist is now Trey Jackson which annoys many of my students because they just want to know what is going on with Luke. However, Haddix continues to develop all of her characters and this portion of the story is Trey's as he and Luke's brother, Mark, set out to rescue Luke. Lacking self-confidence, Trey never felt he was brave or worthy until fate steps in and makes him do things he never thought possible. This novel features more action t This is probably my favorite book in the series. The protagonist is now Trey Jackson which annoys many of my students because they just want to know what is going on with Luke. However, Haddix continues to develop all of her characters and this portion of the story is Trey's as he and Luke's brother, Mark, set out to rescue Luke. Lacking self-confidence, Trey never felt he was brave or worthy until fate steps in and makes him do things he never thought possible. This novel features more action than any of the others and the fear is palatable. The prison camp scenes are reminiscent of concentration camps or similar war prisons. Haddix's use of odd place names also harken to a Russian or Eastern European setting. Even though the novel takes place in the United States of the future based on subtle clues throughout the series, these place names lends an otherworldly fear to this overall tone. Haddix is to be commended for being unrelenting in her approach. She does not sugar coat the danger or the effects of the actions.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andy McCoy

    This book is about a kid named Trey. He is a elegal third child and families can only have two children per family. Trey and his friends escape the Grants house. They travle to Lee Grants house. He is a eleagal third child. His real name is Luke but Trey does not know that. Luke goes up to the frount door steep of a erson named Goerge Talbot and when he gets their Mr. Talbot does not seem so nice. Then the population police show up. Trey hides until the population police leave. Then he goes in t This book is about a kid named Trey. He is a elegal third child and families can only have two children per family. Trey and his friends escape the Grants house. They travle to Lee Grants house. He is a eleagal third child. His real name is Luke but Trey does not know that. Luke goes up to the frount door steep of a erson named Goerge Talbot and when he gets their Mr. Talbot does not seem so nice. Then the population police show up. Trey hides until the population police leave. Then he goes in the house and Mr. Talbot is not thier. After he meats Mrs. Talbot he goeso over to the house Lee was in. Mark is Lee's brother says that the population police took him. I loved this book. It had so much action. I love all these books. It was a diffrent main character, but I liked it alot.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Trey has done one brave thing in his life: saving L's life at the end of the previous book. Now he is on his own out in the open world. He spent his first twelve years living in one room and never leaving, so just breathing outdoor air is an act of bravery for him. Can he find it within himself to save his friends who are in danger from the new (and worse!) Government? If you're reading all my reviews, then you'll see how quickly I've read these. As I said in the first review, they are written at Trey has done one brave thing in his life: saving L's life at the end of the previous book. Now he is on his own out in the open world. He spent his first twelve years living in one room and never leaving, so just breathing outdoor air is an act of bravery for him. Can he find it within himself to save his friends who are in danger from the new (and worse!) Government? If you're reading all my reviews, then you'll see how quickly I've read these. As I said in the first review, they are written at around a fifth grade reading level (I think), so they are a fast read for an adult and very suspenseful, so it is hard to not keep reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca norton

    The reason I love rhis book is because there isn't one page that you aren't scared for the character's life. I love the characters. How they have all been so traumatized and still can be so brave. The main character in this book is Trey, who in this book series is considered to be the weakling and turns out to be a real hero. He saved other people from death even though he was afraid.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alanna P

    Although I felt the book started slow with a character I had a hard time connecting with in early books, it only took a couple chapters to hook me with the story line and to develop a new side to a familiar character. I felt like I grew and changed with the characters and truly believe that this story might be a metaphor for the way that many people feel in their lives today.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Divya

    A very different book, a wholly outdoor adventure at last. Very surprising that things fell into place that easily in the end. You would think the leader of the Liber group, or whatever they call themselves, would be better guarded. But this sets the stage for the final battle, and another switch over from Luke to Trey opens up the door for further self-discovery.

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