BY: MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX
BRUCE VANDEVENDERREADING – ROCHE
5th PeriodMay 5th, 2012
- Margaret Peterson Haddix was born on April 9th, 1964 in Ohio. She grew up on a farm, just like Luke, in her book Among the Imposters, with her parents and three siblings. She fell in love with reading and decided to be an author at a young age. Margaret graduated from Miami of Ohio with a creative writing and journalism degree. She wrote her novels while working as a community college teacher and newspaper reporter. The Shadow Children series includes seven books, and has won many awards, such as the ALA Best Books for Young Adults Awards. She is married and has two kids and lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Betrayed is the third book in a series by Haddix. The story begins with Nina Idi, the shadow child from the previous book, getting arrested by the Population Police while at the Harlow School for Girls and thrown into a cold and dirty jail cell. The Population Police make a deal with her to find information from three young children in another cell. They are Matthias, Percy, and Alia, other shadow children arrested and together in a jail cell. The story continues with Nina getting to know the children and struggling with herself as to whether to betray her new cell mates and live or not. She is given an opportunity to save herself and her new friends by escaping the prison. They encounter obstacles along the way outside the prison hiding in the woods from the Population Police. Nina runs into other characters from the book previous. Keep reading, the ending is not what you would expect.
Main CharactersNina Idi – A thirteen year old shadow child who lived at the Harlow School for Girls until she was arrested by Population Police who wants her to assist them by betraying other shadow children. She has medium height and medium weight with a strong personality and a kind heart.
Matthias – A ten year old boy who is a shadow child, arrested with his friends, Percy and Alia and put in jail where he meets Nina. He has brown hair and has a worried look on his face. He is the one in charge of Percy and Alia and is very independent with decisions and survival skills.
Percy – A nine year old shadow boy arrrested with Matthias and Alia while living on the streets. He has sharp facial features and dark hair. He is protective of Alia and waits for Matthias for advice.
Alia – A six year old little girl who appears sweet and cute, but yet very independent and resourceful. She has light brown hair and is the youngest among her group, Matthias and Percy.
The Hating Man – Nina refers to the main Population Police person as The Hating Man because of his cruel ways and looks. He is an older man and is the man who interrogates Nina while in jail prying for information about Matthias, Percy, and Alia.
Supporting CharactersMr. Hendricks – The man in charge of the Hendricks School for
Boys. He is in a wheel chair and has thick white hair, looking like a man in his later years. He seems to be understanding and kind when Nina is brought to him when discovered in the garden of his school.
Trey – He is a boy who lives at the Hendricks School for Boys and his friends with Lee at the school. He and Lee met Nina in the previous book as shadow children and were once considered friends. He finds Nina in the garden and seems mean when he brings her to Mr. Hendricks.
Lee – A boy who lives at the Hendricks School for Boys and friends of Trey. He discovers Nina in the school garden stealing vegetables and brings her to Mr. Hendricks. He is stern in this book and does not acknowledge Nina as someone he once knew as a fellow shadow child.
• Nina Idi hopes she is merely having a nightmare when she awakens on the floor of a concrete jail cell. She remembers she was arrested by the Population Police at the Harlow School for Girls the day before.
Rising Action • The Hating Man is the man in charge at the prison and he makes Nina a proposal to obtain information from three children ( Matthias, Percy, Alia) that share her jail cell and betrays them or she will die.• The Hating Man tells Nina that her friend Jason betrayed her and is dead.•She is interrogated daily by the Hating Man, but has no information for the police about the children, since the children keep to themselves.•Nina begins to feel sorry for the kids and steals food from the police during the interrogations and hides it in her clothing with intentions to share.
Climax•While Nina is out of the jail cell and is being interrogated by The Hating Man, another guard comes into the room and collapses saying he was poisoned. •The poisoned guard drops his keys when he falls and Nina take his jail keys and hides them in her clothing.•Nina, Matthias, Percy, and Alia escape from the prison to the woods which lie between the Harlow School for Girls and the Hendricks School for Boys.
Falling Action•Nina realizes that she needs Matthias, Percy, and Alia to stay alive in the woods since she lead a sheltered life with her Gran and Aunts.•Nina and Alia go into river to clean themselves off and Nina looses her footage in the river and almost drowns, drifting downward toward a bridge where there are local cops.•The local cops see Nina and ask for her I.D. Alia arrives and shows I.D.’s to the cops and they tell the girls to go home to their parents.•The children realize they are out of food and think about making a garden.•The kids share stories of where they are from and how God will provide for them, confessing they are third children.•Nina tells the kids that a boy named Lee Grant from the Hendricks School for Boys knew how to create a garden and she was going to disguise herself as a boy and sneak into the school in search of him.•While in the school, she gets nervous and leaves tripping on the school garden.
Conclusion•Two boys, Lee and Trey from the school catch Nina while in the garden picking food .•Nina is brought to the man in charge of the school, Mr. Hendricks.•Nina fears that Mr. Hendricks will call the Population Police to take her back to prison or kill her.•Nina flips over the wheel chair Mr. Hendricks sits in and escapes out of the school and back into the woods to warn Matthias, Percy, and Alia.
Vocabulary WordsCower – verb; crouch down in fear. Nina opened her eyes a crack because it was better to see her killer than to cower sightlessly, expecting a gunshot at any moment. Page 7
Harangued – verb; lecture someone at length in an aggressive and critical manner.She’d lain down in filth, she’d stumbled along behind the guard, she’d sat with her head bowed while the hating man harangued her. Page 69
Sentry – noun; a soldier’s station to keep guard or to control access to a place.“I think it’s safe for us to rest for a while. We can take turns sitting sentry.” Page 93
Indoctrination – verb; to teach.Surely she could spy on the indoctrination session, locate Lee Grant, and pull him aside as everyone was leaving. Page 120
Swaggered – verb; walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way. This boy positively swaggered---he seemed as overconfident as the hating man. Page 125
Selena Gomez as Nina Idi
Greyson Chance as Matthias
Joel Courtney as Percy
Bailee Madison as Alia
Tom Hanks as The Hating Man
Rico Rodriguez as Trey
Jimmy Bennett as Lee
Christopher Plummer as Mr. Hendricks
“One of Us” from the Lion King 2
Deception, DisgraceEvil as plain as the scar on his faceDeception (An outrage!) He can't change his stripes! Disgrace (For shame!) You know these Outsider types! He asked for trouble the moment he cameDeception (An outrage!) Disgrace Traitor, go back with your own! He asked for trouble the moment he cameBorn in grief, Raised in hateHelpless to defy his fateLet him run, Let him live
But do not forgetWhat we cannot forgiveAnd he is not one of usHe has never been one of usHe is not part of usNot our kindSomeone once lied to usNow we're not so blindFor we knew he would do what he's doneAnd we know that he'll never be one of us He is not one of us Deception, Disgrace Deception, DisgraceDeception, Oohh...
The book Among the Betrayed is about the Population Police ordering Nina to betray Matthias, Percy, and Alia. This song is all about deception.
I rate this book 4 stars out of 5 stars because the book was suspenseful from the beginning to the end. I like the way Margaret Peterson Haddix described the characters and the events in the book. I would recommend the book to anyone who loves the Shadow Children series.