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Luke is an illegal third child in a futuristic society, where families are limited to having two children. His parents must hide him in the house so the population police will not find him. Luke has always lived a quiet and lonely life. He wishes he could play outside again like he used to before the government cut down the woods behind their house. He hates that he can't go to school or any place for that matter.
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The woods that were cut down behind the family's farm are developed into a neighborhood. After studying his new neighbor's house for a while he discovers that there is a third child living there too. He eventually gets the guts to go over and met her. They become really good friends and Jen soon informs him of all about other shadow children; who also have to hide from the population police. Jen tells him about a big rally that she's organizing to support the hidden children. Luke does not know if it is such a good idea. He worries that it will not work and they will get shot for nothing. He must decide if he has the nerves to go with Jen and fight for his freedom and the freedom of all the other third children.
The review of this Book prepared by Jenny Anagnos

Luke lives in a society where only two children per family are allowed. Being the third child in his family Luke must remain hidden his whole life. He can't have friends, eat at the table(where someone might see him through the window), watch TV, or even play outside.
Then one day he sees a girl in the window of a house next to him. A house in which Luke knows there are two boys. He decides to investigate, sneaks out of the house, and enters the house. Luke descovers that he is not the only third child. There is a whole network of third children, called the shadow children, led by the girl in the house, Jen.
Luke finds out that they're planning to have a rally and demand their rights. He must know decide to join the rally and possibly be killed, or stay hidden and remain safe, but not free.

The review of this Book prepared by Kristie Crofoot

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   kills without good reason Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   kiddies are repressed

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a kid    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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