theodoracheng, April 21, 2007 (view all comments by theodoracheng)
this book is very touching. but it also shows how cruel the government can be. it sorta reminds me of how some countries really do do things like that and makes me sad. my fiftth grade teaher ms.ryan read this to me. loooove it.
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Government regulations limit families to two children each, so Luke, an illegal third-born, must live his life in secret, hidden in his family's farmhouse. Then he joins Jen, another "shadow child, " for a chance to come out into the light--a dangerous gamble with high stakes. "A chilling and intelligent novel."--"Kirkus Reviews." An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.
Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?
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