This week I'm highlight:
Shadow Children Series
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Why I think Boys Will Like It
This series got one of my "nonreaders" reading so much we had to take his book away from him! Love it!
This series is about a boy, Luke, who is a third child in a world where it is illegal to have more than 2 children. Luke must be kept hidden. Of course he doesn't! Boys like this series for several reasons. They like Luke and the fact that he doesn't always listen to the rules - that he takes risks even if it means getting in trouble. They also like that the book moves at a steady pace. There aren't lags in the action, so there isn't much chance for boredom to set in. And - they aren't deterred by it's size. The books are on the short side, so many of my boys are willing to give them a try. In contrast I was talking about The Red Pyramid (a book I know they'd love!). It is 530 pages. Many boys were intersted until they heard the length! They won't do that with the Shadow Children books.
I also like that there are 7 books in the series, so if they do get hooked, they'll have several books to read.
From Goodread about book #1
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?