Reviewed by Zaineb H. (age 11)
This book is unique in many ways. I enjoyed this book because of its suspense. The author hooks you into the book with suspense. For example, when Luke snuck out of his house and saw Jen for the first time, I was on the edge of my seat. I thought he would get caught by the population police. Margaret Peterson Haddix makes sure that you're on the edge of your chair in every chapter. This book is the first of the series called shadow children. This series continues with Luke and his adventures. It tells both the negatives and the positives of being a third child. This series is interesting and creative. I felt bad for Luke, the main character, when I realized that he was so lonely. He couldn't be like other children. I would not like to be in Luke's shoes. He is isolated and has barely any life. A lesson I learned from this book is you should always stand up for yourself. Jen stood up for herself and she gave all the other shadow children the courage to fight for their freedom.
I would recommend this book to ages 10 and up because the book does have some frightening moments. If you sometimes feel lonely, this book is right for you. Luke is always alone, so you can get a good connection to the character. If you are interested in the book, you can get a copy of it at the library. I know you will like it!