"Haddix is a superb storyteller and her view of a future world short of food that allows only two children per family is both scary and plausible." —School Library Journal

"The author delivers more than enough suspense to keep fans hooked and to intrigue new recruits as well." —Publishers Weekly

Among the Betrayed

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon & Schuster / 2002

What does it mean to save yourself?

Nina Idi—a third child in a society where families are allowed only two children—has been betrayed by the boy she loved, and arrested by the Population Police for exposing other alleged third children. Angry and confused, Nina knows only one thing for sure: She is innocent of the charges. But now she is faced with the most difficult choice of her life: Get three other prisoners to admit they are shadow children and be spared herself, or refuse to cooperate and be killed.

The options are clear. The choice, Nina discovers, is not...

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