An Unconventional Librarian’s Holiday Gift Guide: Margaret Peterson Haddix: Children of Refuge

An Unconventional Librarian’s
Holiday Gift Guide

You KNOW you love all things Margaret Peterson Haddix, right? I mean, The Shadow Children series plus numerous others? She’s the QUEEN of preteen dark drama!

Children of Exile and Children of Refuge will satisfy your need if you’ve read

  • The Missing Series
  • The Shadow Children
  • The Palace Chronicles
  • Under the Skin Series
  • any of her stand alone books like: Double Identity

Children of Exile is about a group of children raised as orphans and then sent back to their biological parents. Everything is confusing and not as it seems. Exile follows the girl Rosi and Refuge follows the boy Edwy as they struggle to figure out what in the world is going on and why are there secrets.

Science fictiony dystopian for young teens.


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Tween Book Club Among the Hidden: Shadow Children


among the hidden

This month’s Tween Book Club pic is Among the Hidden: Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  I’m fangirling all over Haddix because she writes books for kids that make them THINK!

Check out my video review:

If you haven’t read it, put it on your TBR list.  You’ll be hooked!

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PLOT: Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows–does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?


I KNOW, RIGHT?? Have you read it? What about any other books from Peterson?

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

M is for The Missing #AtoZ Challenge




Today we’re highlighting The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I love her Shadow Children series, which I am discussing with my tweenies at book club this week!



Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere — and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?

With Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix begins a new series that promises to be every bit as suspenseful as her Shadow Children series — which has sold more than 41/2 million copies — and proves her, once again, to be a master of the page-turner.

Doesn’t that sound great?  Anyway that’s the information behind the series.  Here’s what’s up in The Missing: Torn.

Still reeling from their experiences in Roanoke in 1600, Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 only moments before a mutiny on Henry Hudson’s ship in the icy waters of James Bay. But things are messed up: they’ve lost the real John Hudson, and they find what seems to be the fabled Northwest Passage;even though they are pretty sure that that route doesn’t actually exist. Will this new version of history replace the real past? Is this the end of time as we know it? With more at stake than ever before, Jonah and Katherine struggle to unravel the mysteries of 1611 and the Hudson Passage…before everything they know is lost.

Even more great, right?  I love the idea of the alternate history!

Have you read anything by Margaret Peterson Haddix? Let me know!