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Margaret Peterson Haddix: Criticism and Reviews

Among the Hidden is reviewed by Chris Donner for SFsite.

Among the Hidden is reviewed on the Booktalks -- Quick and Simple site.

Additional criticism and review of Margaret Peterson Haddix's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

Say What?
Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2004 v72 i1 p37(1).

"Something's not right at the Robinson house. Sukie and her big brothers, Brian and Reed, are behaving and misbehaving as any little kids do, but absent are the normal parental admonitions… Only after overhearing their parents talking do they understand: their parents are trying out a parenting strategy -- and that sets the kids in motion with a counter strategy of their own…"

Escape From Memory.
Publishers Weekly, October 13, 2003 v250 i41 p80(2).

"When 15-year-old Kira's friends hypnotize her, she remembers a 'Mama' who is not the woman she knows as her mother speaking a language that's not English…"

Escape from Memory.
Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2003 v71 i16 p1073(1).

"A thrill ride ensues when an all-American teen discovers her mysterious origins. Goofing around with hypnosis at a slumber party, Kira unearths buried memories of…"

Among the Barons.
Review by Ed Sullivan.
Booklist, May 15, 2003 v99 i18 p1661(1)

"This exciting fourth installment in the series that began with Among the Hidden (1998) focuses on 'shadow child' Luke Garner, a third child in a futuristic society that allows…"

Among the Barons.
Publishers Weekly, April 28, 2003 v250 i17 p71(1).

"Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children series will welcome this fourth title about third-born children living under a government that restricts families to no more than two children…"

Because of Anya.
Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2002 v70 i21 p1611(1).

"A mousy fourth grader demonstrates both courage and compassion in this undisguised consciousness-raiser…"

Because of Anya.
Publishers Weekly, November 11, 2002 v249 i45 p64(1).

"Haddix (Among the Hidden) returns with a short but often informative tale of ordinary girls facing exceptional circumstances. 'Could someone he beautiful with ugly hair? Or-no hair?' wonders 10-year old Anya as she confronts…"

Review by Lori Atkins Goodson.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, November 2002 v46 i3 p272(1).

"From the first paragraph, the reader can tell that Margaret Peterson Haddix's story will be an entertaining ride. On her 16th birthday, Melly complains that on her special day she'll be losing her driver's license…"

Among the Betrayed.
Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2002 v249 i23 p61(1).

"In the third installment of Haddix's series about a futuristic society in which families are forbidden to have more than two children, Nina, a secondary character in Among the Impostors, is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned by the Population Police…"

Among the Betrayed.
Publishers Weekly, April 1, 2002 v249 i13 p26(1).
Review and Interview by Kate Pavao.

… "Her third installment, Among the Betrayed, features a new protagonist, who was a very minor character in the second title, Among the Imposters. The population police interrogate Nina, who has been accused of treason…"

Among the Imposters.
Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2001 v248 i24 p86.

"Continuing the story of Luke Garner, a third child born under a futuristic government that only allows two children per family, this sequel to Among the Hidden picks up with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity…"

Leaving Fishers.
Review by Kristin Kloberdanz.
Book, May 2001 p83.

"Haddix is one of several authors introducing the emerging wave of teenage fictional characters who try to explain what it's like to be part of a cult: how they are at first thrilled by the momentum, and how they later fight to leave when conditions get out of hand…"

Just Ella.
Publishers Weekly, October 11, 1999 v246 i41 p77.

"Haddix (Running Out of Time) puts a feminist spin on the Cinderella story, beginning her tongue-in-cheek novel where the traditional story ends…"

Among the Hidden.
Publishers Weekly, August 31, 1998 v245 n35 p76(1).

"Haddix (Running Out of Time) chillingly imagines a dystopia in this futuristic novel. Born into a totalitarian state that brutally enforces a two-children-only policy, 12-year-old Luke Garner, an 'illegal' third child, has spent his entire life hiding from anyone outside his immediate family. His troubles multiply when…"

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey.
Review by Jean Franklin.
Booklist, October 15, 1996 v93 n4 p413(1).

"Tish Bonner is required to keep a journal for sophomore English class but is allowed to mark those entries she wants unread…"

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey.
Publishers Weekly, August 12, 1996 v243 n33 p85(1).

"Haddix (Running Out of Time) offers a tough-edged if familiar story of a beleaguered high school girl who confides the difficulties of her life to a journal in an assignment for English class; the title refers to the label the heroine gives every entry so that her teacher, the true-to-her-word Mrs. Dunphrey, will only look at the completed writing and not actually read the sensitive contents…"

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