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Haddix, Margaret Peterson
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
ISBN 0689839057

(2 booktalks)

Booktalks #1

Who had turned her in?  And why?  All Nina knows is that one minute she is enjoying her oatmeal at the private girls school she attends, the next minute she is being handcuffed and led out by the Population Police.  She is placed in a cell and questioned over and over again.  She tries not to give any information.  After all, the penalty for being a third child is execution.  It's all over now anyway.  She's been found out and now will be put to death.  Why tell them anything?  But wait.  The Population Police don't think she's a third child.  They think she was planning to falsely accuse others of being illegals.  They are charging her with treason.  With attempting to get bounty money by falsely accusing others.  She might just get out of this alive after all.  The price may be too high though.  To gain her freedom, she must betray three children who are believed to have information about hidden children.  Can she do it?  Should she?

Booktalk #2

“You were supposed to wake up from nightmares.”  Surely this is what thirteen-year-old Nina Idi was in—a nightmare.  Suddenly it all became too real.  Nina had been arrested by the Population Police and would surely be executed for being an illegal third child.  If she agrees to gain the trust of three suspected third children and betray them, then her life will be spared.  In a strange twist, Nina and the three children are able to escape the prison where they are being held.  While trying to hide and survive in the woods, the unthinkable happens.  Are Nina and the three suspected third children caught by the Population Police?  Does one person betray the others?  Read Among the Betrayed and find out what happens.  (Cappy Holman,,  USC Library and Information Science Graduate Student )

SUBJECTS:     Betrayal -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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