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Haddix, Margaret Peterson
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
IL 3-6, RL 5.9
ISBN 0689839049

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Why are the boys acting this way?  Why are they being so cruel to Luke?  Is this the way all boys at private school act?  This is not what Luke had ever imagined school would be.  During all those years in hiding, he had longed to go to school like his order brothers did.  But, of course, Luke was not allowed.  He was a third child.  An outlaw.  If the Population Police learned about him, he would be killed.  So he spent his days hiding n the house -- never seen by anyone outside the family.  But now, here he is with a fake ID in an exclusive boys boarding school.  Wherever he goes, the other boys torment him.  He is miserable.  He can't make friends.  He can't find his way around the school.  And, he can't use his own name.  If this is freedom, he would rather go home and live in the attic again.  But that's not possible.  He can never go home again.  This is his new life.  And he must learn to blend in Among the Impostors.

Booktalk #2

The book, Among the Imposters is about how Luke Garner is coming out of hiding as a third child. He has an I.D. card that says he is Lee Grant, son of one of the richest man of the time. Luke Garner/Lee Grant got help from his new neighbor, Mr. Talbot. Mr. Talbot took Luke/Lee to Hendricks school for Boys. Imagine, seeing hundreds of humans everyday when for about 12 or 13 years the only humans you've seen are your own family. His new roommate doesn't help with the situation, either. Every night before bed, Jackal Boy (what Luke/Lee calls him) verbally abuses him until Jackal Boy gets bored.
    I recommend this book to people who love heart-stopping thrillers. I love the way Haddix kept the suspense going from the beginning. I think that any type of person would love this book because it has a little bit of everything for everyone. (Breanna B., Maroa-Forsyth Middle School, IL)

SUBJECTS:     Fear -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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