Synopsis Of Among The Barons By Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Overthrow The book Among The Barons written by Margaret Peterson Haddix is part of the Shadow Children Series book four. The book is mainly about Luke Garner, who is a third child, and where he lives there is not supposed to be more than three children. Luke is at a school called Hendricks School for Boys where parents with third kids send them. Later on in the book one of the richest and most powerful families in the country,the grants, gave Luke their son's identity when their real son died during illegal activity. The real lee grant was killed on a mission to help overthrow the evil government.They are motivated by greed and selfish reasons.The Grants keep Luke in their house. They are soon afraid that their youngest son Smits will …show more content…

As a kid, she wanted a career that people didn’t really get to do. Her dream was to be an author because all the adults she knew were farmers, nurses, teachers, dentists, housewives, grocery store clerks, etc. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio, with degrees in English/Journalism, English/Creative Writing and History, but after college she worked as a news reporter, which gave her the opportunity to meet lots of different people, in different circumstances. It never failed to amaze her that she could sit down with people, and begin asking really, really nosy questions, and because she was from the newspaper, they would almost always answer. She decided to write the series after having a conversation with her husband one night about if they wanted to have more than two children, which then changed into talking about overpopulation and how once in china you could only have two children. This conversation led to Haddix making Among the Hidden which was so popular it became part of a series The Shadow Series. The information she knew from being a newspaper reporter helped her in the long run because she used this information in her stories, but even though she had facts she wanted to be …show more content…

For starters, she wrote the book for teens because as a teenager books were incredibly important to her. “It’s a crucial time period in most people’s lives, and I firmly believe that it’s a time when the right book really can make a difference”, Haddix says. Another way she is related to the book is that when she wrote her first book, she went through an agonizing phase of submitting her work and collecting nothing but rejection letters for quite a while. For Haddix this phase lasted long enough that, by the time she sold her first two books (both at once, actually) her daughter, Meredith, was a year and a half old, and she was pregnant with our second child, Connor. She based Luke off how strong she was through that phase. For example him not giving up when so many obstacles have been thrown his way and how he doesn't give up. Lastly she helped people. She made the shadow children third children in her book but in the real world there are shadow children, such as deaf kids, illegal immigrants, kids who are in juvenile facilities, and kids who have to hide their true identities because they are gay and living in a homophobic environment. In the book Luke wants to help set the third children

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