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**Among the Impostors

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Reviewed March 22, 2002.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.

Margaret Peterson Haddix is good at thought-provoking and sinister future scenarios.  I didn’t find this one as dynamic as Running Out of Time, or Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, but it was still excellent and gripping reading.

Luke is a third child in a future society when having three children is against the law.  If he is discovered, he will be killed, since he does not have the right to exist.  At the opening of this book, he is entering a new school under a false ID, taken from a child who died accidentally. 

Luke is not used to being around people.  He must figure out how to navigate his classes, how to make friends and how to figure out whom he can trust.  It builds to an exciting conclusion, when we fear that Luke’s doom is sure.

This book was a sequel to Among the Hidden, which I haven’t read.  I think it may have given away some events in that earlier book, but I didn’t have any trouble following events in this one.

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