While I normally read books written for adults, I do like to read books written for young adults now and then. I fell in love with Margaret Peterson Haddix's writing when I read her first novel, Running Out of Time
, to my class. Later I read Among the Hidden
(1st in the "Shadow Children" series) to my class and the second in the series, Among the Imposters
, myself. I have been wanting to see how the series progressed, so I bought all seven of them a couple weeks ago. I just reread Running Out of Time
and the first two of the series and am now on the third, Among the Betrayed
. I would recommend them to anyone. She does not write down to children. They are a quick read but hold an adult's attention. The premise behind the "Shadow Children" series is that there has been a huge worldwide famine, and the government (no country is ever named--it is sometime in the near future, and the government is totalitarian) has passed a law that no family may have more than two children. Shadow children are illegal third (or even fourth, etc.) children who have to hide from the government, but shortly after the first story begins, some of them, who secretly communicate by computer, start planning to change the laws.
Sheesh! I didn't mean to write a book about it, but I just wanted to say that if you like mild suspense (she tackles heavy subjects, but in a way that is still appropriate for young teens) without bad language, these books might be just the ticket for you.