Haddix, Margaret Peterson 1964–
Haddix, Margaret Peterson 1964–
Born April 9, 1964, in Washington Court House, OH; daughter of John Albert (a farmer) and Marilee Grace (a nurse) Peterson; married Doug Haddix (a newspaper editor), October 3, 1987; children: Meredith, Connor. Education: Miami University, B.A. (English/journalism; summa cum laude), 1986. Religion: Presbyterian. Hobbies and other interests: Travel.
Home—Columbus, OH. Agent—Tracey Adams, McIntoch & Otis, 353 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN, copy editor, 1986-87; Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, IN, reporter, 1987-91; Danville Area Community College, Danville, IL, member of adjunct faculty, 1991-93; freelance writer, 1991-94.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Phi Beta Kappa.
Honorable mention, Seventeen magazine fiction contest, 1983; fiction contest award, National Society of Arts and Letters, 1988; American Bestseller Pick-of-the-Lists selection, Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination from Mystery Writers of America, Young-Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Pick for Reluctant Young-Adult Readers and Best Book for Young Adults designations, Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies listee, National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council, Sequoyah Young-Adult Book Award, and Black-eyed Susan Award, all 1996-97, Arizona Young Readers Award, 1998, and ALA Best Book for Young Adults designation, all for Running out of Time; Children's Book Award (older reader category), International Reading Association (IRA), and YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young-Adult Readers and Best Book for Young Adults designations, all 1997, Black-eyed Susan Award, 1998-99, and Nebraska Golden Sower Award, 2000, all for Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults and American Bookseller Pick-of-the-Lists designations, both for Leaving Fishers; YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks Top-Ten designations, both 2000, and California Young Readers Medal, Maud Hart Lovelace Award, and Nevada Young Readers Award, all 2001, all for Among the Hidden; American Bookseller Pick-of-the-Lists designation, American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults honor, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young-Adult Readers designation, and IRA Young Adults' Choices listee, 2001, all for Just Ella; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, for Turnabout, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, and Among the Imposters; Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades, 2003, for Escape from Memory; numerous other awards and honors.
Running out of Time, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1995.
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1996.
Leaving Fishers, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.
Just Ella, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1999.
Turnabout, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000.
The Girl with 500 Middle Names, illustrated by Janet Hamlin, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
Takeoffs and Landings, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
Because of Anya, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.
Escape from Memory, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003.
Say What?, illustrated by James Bernardin, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2004.
The House on the Gulf, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2004.
Double Identity, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.
Uprising, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2007.
Dexter the Tough, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2007.
Palace of Mirrors, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2008.
Found, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2008.
Contributor of short stories to anthologies, including Indiannual and The Luxury of Tears, National Society of Arts and Letters, 1989; On the Edge, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000; I Believe in Water, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000; and Make Me Over: 11 Original Stories about Transforming Ourselves, Dutton (New York, NY), 2005.
"SHADOW CHILDREN" SERIES
Among the Hidden, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1998.
Among the Imposters, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
Among the Betrayed, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.
Among the Barons, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003.
Among the Brave, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003.
Among the Enemy, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.
Among the Free, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2006.
Many of Haddix's books, including Just Ella, Leaving Fishers, Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, and her "Shadow Children" novels, have been adapted as audiobooks.
Award-winning author Margaret Peterson Haddix writes novels for young adults and juvenile readers that deal with topics from religious cults and futuristic dystopias to modern-day science fiction and reality-based fiction. Haddix's debut novel, Running out of Time, a time-slip story with a twist, has become something of a classic of the form, and was adopted for use in middle-school classrooms around the United States. Haddix has written several other mainstream novels for middle-grade readers, such as Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, and Dexter the Tough, while books such as Leaving Fishers, Turnabout, Takeoffs and Landings, and Turnabout address more complex themes. While Haddix's novels for young adults share little in terms of plot, setting, and theme, critics have commended her ability to involve even reluctant readers in the lives of her realistic characters.
Haddix was born in Washington Court House, Ohio, in 1964, the daughter of a farming father and a mother who worked as a nurse. "I grew up on lots of stories," Haddix once commented, "both from books and in my family. My father in particular was always telling tales to my brothers and sister and me—about one of our ancestors who was kidnaped, about some friends who survived lying on a railroad bridge while a train went over the top of them, about the kid who brought possum meat to the school cafeteria when my father was a boy. So I always thought that becoming a storyteller would be the grandest thing in the world. But I didn't want to just tell stories. I wanted to write them down."
Through adolescence and on into high school, Haddix maintained her love of both reading and writing. "For a long time, I tried to write two different kinds of stories: real and imaginary," she once recalled. As a student at Miami University, she "majored in both journalism and creative writing (and history, just because I liked it). After college, I got jobs at newspapers, first as a copy editor in Fort Wayne, then as a reporter in Indianapolis. It was a lot of fun, especially getting to meet and talk to people from all walks of life, from homeless women to congressmen."
Meanwhile, during her free time on weekends and in the evenings, Haddix continued to write short fiction. "This was frustrating," the author once observed, "because there was never enough time. So, in 1991, when my husband got a new job in Danville, Illinois, I took a radical step: I quit newspapers. I took a series of temporary and part-time jobs, such as teaching at a community college, and used the extra time to write."
The first large-story idea to percolate in Haddix's imagination was the seed of Running out of Time. "I'd gotten the idea when I was doing a newspaper story about a restored historical village," she recalled. "I kept wondering what it would be like if there was a historical village where all the tourists were hidden and the kids, at least, didn't know what year it really was." When completed, her manuscript was quickly accepted by an editor at Simon & Schuster, and Haddix was on her way as a juvenile author.
In Running out of Time, thirteen-year-old Jessie Keyser lives with her family in a frontier village in 1840. When the town's children are stricken with diphtheria, Jessie's mother reveals that it is actually the 1990s and their village is actually a tourist exhibit and scientific experiment gone awry. Because she is strong, Jessie is sent to the outside world to get help; her mother is fearful that the one-time idealistic planners of this "ideal" village may have become perverted in the twelve years since it began. In fact, Jessie's mother is right: the idealism of community founder Mr. Clifton has been subverted by researchers who have now introduced diphtheria in order to see what will happen to patients without modern medical care. Out in the real world of the 1990s, Jessie must learn to deal with phones, traffic, flush toilets, and the seductions of fast food.
Haddix's first novel for young readers met with positive reviews. Writing in School Library Journal, Lisa Dennis dubbed Running out of Time "absorbing" and "gripping," further noting that the "action moves swiftly, with plenty of suspense." While Voice of Youth Advocates critic Ann Welton found Jessie's adjustment to the drastic shift in time "far too smooth, resulting in a lack of narrative tension," the critic nonetheless pointed out that Running out of Time has "potential as a model for writing assignments and provides an interesting perspective on American history." In his review of the novel for the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Roger Sutton also commented that Jessie's "disorientation upon discovering the modern world would surely have been more pronounced than it seems," but concluded that readers "will be gripped by the concept, and the book, readable throughout, [is] exciting in spots." Dennis concluded in School Library Journal that young fans of Running out of Time "will look forward to more stories from this intriguing new author." They did not have long to wait.
Haddix wrote Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey when she was pregnant with her first child. "The story should have been very difficult to write," she later recalled, "because I had a happy childhood and wonderful parents, and should have had nothing in common with the main character—tough-talking, big-haired Tish, whose parents abandoned her. But I'd once worked on a newspaper series where I talked to more than a dozen abused and neglected kids, and their stories haunted me for years. So writing the book was almost like an exorcism—I did feel possessed by Tish's spirit. Actually, in a way, everything I've written has felt like that, like being possessed. When I'm writing, I feel like I must write."
In Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, high schooler Tish is taking an English class where she is required to keep a journal. Since Tish has no one but her journal to confide in as she deals with an absent father, a depressed mother unable to care for her or her younger brother, and a part-time job where the manager subjects her to sexual harassment, her journal—and hence the reader—becomes her confidante. The title of the book refers to the fact that Tish's teacher has promised to only read finished work inspired by students' journal entries, and not the individual entries themselves. Tish's predicament goes from bad to worse when she has to shoplift from a local store to feed herself and her brother Matthew, and then she faces eviction from her home, as well. Finally Tish turns over the entire journal to her sensitive teacher who helps the young girl find help.
"Tish's journal entries have an authentic ring in phrasing and tone and will keep readers involved," Carol Schene concluded in her School Library Journal review of Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey. The result, according to Schene is a "brief, serious look at a young person who is isolated and faced with some seemingly overwhelming problems." Jean Franklin, writing in Booklist, called Haddix's novel "a brief, gritty documentary" and "a natural for reluctant readers." Jamie S. Hansen, writing in Voice of Youth Advocates, echoed this sentiment: "The breezy style, short diary-entry format, and melodramatic subject matter will ensure popularity for this title, particularly with reluctant readers," concluded the critic.
In Leaving Fishers, Haddix tells the story of Dorry, a teen whose life has been uprooted both geographically and economically. Suffering from diminished circumstances, Dorry has also found it difficult to make friends at her new school. When Angela, one of several attractive and friendly kids who congregate together, asks her to join her group at lunch, Dorry is eager to blend in. Her enthusiasm is not much diminished when she learns that these students are all part of a religious group called the Fishers of Men. She is introduced to their parties and retreats, and when pizza parties give way to prayer groups and retreats, Dorry becomes a member of the Fishers. Increasingly, the girl finds all her time taken up with the cult's activities. Totally immersed in the group, she fears she will go to hell if she does not do everything she is told to do by Angela and her fellow adherents. Neglecting family and school, Dorry soon finds herself in the grips of the Fishers. Only when she discovers herself terrifying young baby-sitting charges with threats of hell if they do not convert is she able to shake off the bonds of the cult.
"Haddix gives a fine portrayal of a teenager's descent into a cult," wrote Booklist critic Ilene Cooper, the reviewer adding that Leaving Fishers is a "good read and an informative one for young people who are constantly bombarded with challenges to their beliefs." In her Voice of Youth Advocates appraisal, Beverly Youree dubbed the novel "a definite page-turner, full of excitement and pathos" and concluded that "Dorry and readers learn that the world is neither black nor white, good nor bad, but shades of gray." A Kirkus Reviews critic called Leaving Fishers "a chilling portrait of an insecure teenager gradually relinquishing her autonomy to a religious cult," and went on to note that Haddix's novel, "tightly written, with well-drawn characters," is "in no way anti-religious." "Haddix's even-handed portrayal of the rewards of Christian fellowship and the dangers of a legalistic or black-and-white approach to religion" are, according to a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, the book's "greatest strength."
The author sets several other novels, such as the mysteries Double Identity and The House on the Gulf, in the contemporary world. Praised by a Publishers Weekly contributor as "another suspenseful pageturner" by Had- dix, Double Identity finds thirteen-year-old Bethany Cole worried. Her mom is constantly crying and her dad is acting unusually overprotective. Then, out of the blue, Dad drives her out to Illinois and leaves her at the home of Aunt Myrlie, with no explanation. Living with a relative she never knew, the teen is full of questions. As she attempts to understand the strange behavior of the adults around her, a looming danger unearths family secrets which force Bethany to reinterpret her own life. "Haddix conveys Bethany's dismay and fear through believable dialogue and thoughts," the Publishers Weekly reviewer noted, while in Booklist Kay Weisman cited the author's "carefully crafted, gripping prose" and her ability to smoothly introduce "secondary themes concerning cloning ethics and personal identity." "Bethany's courage and intelligence will win over readers," concluded Claire Rosser in a Kliatt review of Double Identity.
Although twelve-year-old Britt is excited when older brother Bran finds a house-sitting job that will let the family exchange their small apartment for a beach house during the summer, this proves not to be the case as the events of The House on the Gulf play out. Suddenly, Bran seems rude and secretive, and Britt is determined to discover the reason for his change in behavior. Learning that her brother has only been hired to mow the lawn for the vacationing homeowners is only a partial explanation, however, in a story with numerous twists and surprises. While noting that the novel's complex plot "stretches credibility" at times, Britt's first-person narration "makes riveting reading," according to Booklist critic Carolyn Phelan.
Among Haddix's most popular books are those in her "Shadow Children" series. The series take place in a future dystopia à la 1984 or Brave New World, wherein a totalitarian regime strictly observes a two-children-only policy. In series opener Among the Hidden twelve-year-old Luke Garner is the third child of a farming family and is thus illegal. When the government starts to log the woods around the family home in order to make way for new housing, Luke must hide from view, looking at the world outside through a small air vent in the attic. From this vantage point, he catches a glimpse of a shadowy figure in a nearby house and begins to suspect that this might be another hidden person like himself. One day he breaks into the seemingly empty house and discovers Jen. A hidden child with a tough exterior, Jen tells Luke about an entire subculture of hidden children who communicate via chat rooms on the Internet. He also learns about the repressive policies of the government. When Jen organizes a rally of other hidden children that ends in bloodshed and her death, Luke must finally make a decision as to how far he will go to defy the government and have a future worth living.
Critics responded positively to Haddix's futuristic focus, a Publishers Weekly contributor writing that "the unsettling, thought-provoking premise" in Among the Hidden "should suffice to keep readers hooked." De-
scribing the novel as "exciting and compelling," Susan L. Rogers remarked in School Library Journal that readers "will be captivated by Luke's predicament and his reactions to it," and Debbie Earl noted in Voice of Youth Advocates that Haddix presents a "chilling vision of a possibly not-too-distant future" in her "bleak allegorical tale."
The "Shadow Children" saga continues in the novels Among the Impostors, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, Among the Enemy, and Among the Free. Among the Imposters rejoins Luke as he adopts the alias Lee Grant and is sent to Hendricks School for Boys. The boarding school is a place of violence and fear, as terrified students quietly follow orders and newbies like Luke suffer nightly hazing at the hands of older boys. When he learns that some of his schoolmates, along with girls from a neighboring girls' school, are meeting secretly in the woods to plot their escape, Luke decides to join the plotters in their dangerous plan. Brenda Moses-Allen, writing in Voice of Youth Advocates, wrote that Among the Impostors is filled with "tension and excitement."
In Among the Betrayed readers revisit thirteen-year-old Nina Ida, a character introduced in Among the Impostors, as she is arrested by the government's Population Police and charged with treason. An illegal third child, Nina faces death unless she agrees to help identify a group of third-born children who range in age from six to ten. The focus returns to Luke in Among the Barons as he meets the wealthy family of the dead boy whose name he has taken and feels a strange connection with Smits, the younger brother of the real Lee Grant. Noting that the relationship between the two boys "is compelling," a Publishers Weekly contributor concluded of Among the Barons that Haddix includes "enough cliffhangers and plot twists to keep readers hooked."
The fifth installment in Haddix's "Shadow Children" series, Among the Brave finds executions of third children increasing now that the leader of the Population Police heads the government. Hoping to rescue Luke from a bad situation, Trey join's Luke's brother, Mark, but when Mark is captured he must turn to the adult-led resistance for help. "Once again, Haddix makes real how hard ordinary and not-so-ordinary actions would be" for her hidden heroes, Tina Zubak asserted in a School Library Journal review of Among the Brave. In Booklist Carolyn Phelan described Trey as "an interesting, sympathetic protagonist."
Like Luke, third child Matthias bravely infiltrates the ranks of the Population Police, hoping to learn enough about their system to save his friends in Among the Enemy. Now posing as a member of the Population Police, Luke realizes that his cover will be blown unless he follows murderous orders in Among the Free, and with that realization he initiates his planned rebellion against the murderous government forces. Writing that "Haddix's storytelling hums along quickly," Catherine Threadgill described Among the Free as "a light, easy read that delivers what it promises." The novel's "brisk, efficient pacing," fueled by "abrupt plot turns," has successfully "cemented Haddix's strong following among both avid and reluctant readers," according to Booklist contributor Jennifer Mattson.
Like her "Shadow Children" series, many of Haddix's books for teen readers are futuristic novels. Turnabout is set in 2085, in a world where pavement is made of foam rubber and society favors singles. At the heart of the novel is the question: "What if people could turn back the aging clock?" Haddix explores this question through characters Melly and Anny Beth, aged 100 and 103 respectively. When readers meet them, the year is 2001 and Melly and Anny Beth reside in a nursing home. As participants in an experiment to "un-age," the two women are given PT-1, a drug in the Project Turnabout program that will reverse the aging process, allowing the participant to grow younger every year until they reach a self-determined perfect age. At that point, they will receive another injection which will stop the process. The only problem is that this second shot proves fatal, and now the members of Project Turn-
about are doomed to continue "un-aging" until they reach age zero. The novel switches between the present and 2085 when Melly and Anny Beth have reached their teens. While they are desperate to find someone to parent them as they grow increasingly younger, a reporter has gotten wind of the project and is trying to contact Melly. Publicity would destroy any chance of privacy these refugees from age have, and now their challenge is to flee from unwanted exposure.
A contributor to Publishers Weekly described Turnabout as a "thought-provoking science fiction adventure," adding that Haddix "keeps the pacing smooth and builds up to a surprising face-off." Debbie Carton, reviewing the novel in Booklist, felt that the need for love and protection "is poignantly conveyed, as is the isolation of the elderly in society." Carton also thought that the book "will provoke lively discussion in middle-school book clubs." In School Library Journal Beth Wright commented that, although the novel's futuristic setting "is scarily believable," the themes addressed in Turnabout will spark "thoughtful discussion about human life and human potential."
Time travel of a different sort is the focus of both Found and Escape from Memory. In Found, the first volume in Haddix's "Missing" series, thirteen-year-old friends Jonah and Chip are both adopted. When both boys receive the same strange letter, warning them of an impending threat, they join together to solve the mystery and discover that their past is linked with that of many other teens who, as babies, had been fellow passengers on a mysterious aircraft that was discovered abandoned, with no adults on board. Memories of an alien past haunt fifteen-year-old Kira in Escape from Memory. When a successful attempt at hypnosis during a sleepover party unlocks visions of an exotic world and a mother very different from the woman raising her, the Ohio teen is determined to discover the truth behind these visions. Her quest takes her to Crythe, a small, Eastern European enclave of Roman descendants. Efforts to learn about her past soon draw Kira and her family into danger, in a story that Booklist contributor John Green described as "tightly plotted and Matrix-esque in its thought-provoking complexity." "A startling and intricate thriller," in the opinion of a Kirkus Reviews writer, Escape from Memory treats readers to an "exciting adventure, climaxing in a tense armed stand-off."
A versatile writer, Haddix has also crossed the genre boundaries on occasion, turning to fantasy in Just Ella and Palace of Mirrors and historical fiction in Uprising. Just Ella presents the aftermath of the Cinderella story, as the charmed young teen finds life in the royal palace stifling and hardly worth the lifelong love of Prince Charming. Another royal family figures in Palace of Mirrors, as fourteen-year-old Cecilia battles imposters and danger in her attempt to gain her rightful position as princess of the kingdom of Suala. Sharing unfortunate circumstances, immigrants Bella and Yetta, along with friend Jane, watch their livelihood go up in flames during the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that is the focus of Uprising. Set amid the events leading up to the 1911 fire as well as through 1927 flashbacks in which the only one of the three to survive recalls the tragedy, Uprising was praised by Rosser as "a dramatic story, filled with all the elements we like: friendship, romance, bravery, and suspense." Writing that Haddix's "deftly crafted historical novel unfolds dramatically," Renee Steinberg added in her School Library Journal review that the tale is made the more riveting due to "well-drawn characters who readily evoke empathy and compassion."
A prolific writer, Haddix continues to entertain young readers and teens with entertaining and thought-provoking novels that are often difficult to put down. Her background in journalism helps fuel her meticulous, well-researched plots, allowing her to challenge older readers while also entertaining them. In fact, creating fiction that is able to engage children on its own merits is her primary goal as a writer. "Like the library programs where you read so many minutes and win a prize at the end of the summer," Haddix commented in an interview for the Akron Beacon Journal, "I like seeing the emphasis on reading, but I'm almost afraid the more we push it, the more [young readers] will think of it like broccoli or spinach, that it doesn't taste good or isn't fun. I'd like to see them pick up a book and read it and not think ‘I've read for fifteen minutes.’ The more they read and begin to enjoy it, the more likely they are to continue."
Biographical and Critical Sources
Akron Beacon Journal, October 12, 2000, p. C3; November 2, 2000, interview with Haddix, p. E10.
Booklist, October 1, 1995, Mary Harris Veeder, review of Running out of Time, p. 314; October 15, 1996, Jean Franklin, review of Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, p. 413; December 15, 1997, Ilene Cooper, review of Leaving Fishers, p. 691; September 1, 1999, Shelle Rosenfeld, review of Just Ella, p. 123; October 15, 2000, Debbie Carton, review of Turnabout, p. 431; April 15, 2001, Sally Estes, review of Among the Imposters, p. 1557; November 15, 2001, Gillian Engberg, review of Takeoffs and Landings, p. 565; May, 15, 2003, Ed Sullivan, review of Among the Barons, p. 1661; September 1, 2003, John Green, review of Escape from Memory, p. 114; February 15, 2004, Lauren Peterson, review of Say What?, p. 1059; May 15, 2004, Carolyn Phelan, review of Among the Brave, p. 1619; September 1, 2004, Carolyn Phelan, review of The House on the Gulf, p. 124; June 1, 2005, Jennifer Mattson, review of Among the Enemy, p. 1809; October 1, 2005, Kay Weisman, review of Double Identity, p. 58; June 1, 2006, John Peters, review of Among the Free, p. 70; September 15, 2007, Lynn Rutan, review of Uprising, p. 66.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November, 1995, Roger Sutton, review of Running out of Time, p. 91; January, 1997, review of Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, p. 172; November, 1999, review of Just Ella, pp. 93-94; July, 2000, review of Turnabout, p. 402; September, 2001, review of Among the Impostors, p. 17; October, 2002, review of Among the Betrayed, p. 58; November, 2003, Elizabeth Bush, review of Escape from Memory, p. 105; April, 2004, Karen Coats, review of Say What?, p. 329; October, 2004, Timnah Card, review of The House on the Gulf, p. 75; November, 2005, Deborah Stevenson, review of Double Identity, p. 138; April, 2007, Hope Morrison, review of Dexter the Tough, p. 330.
Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1997, review of Leaving Fishers, p. 1532; July 1, 2001, review of Takeoffs and Landings, p. 938; May 15, 2002, review of Among the Betrayed, p. 733; August 15, 2003, review of Escape from Memory, p. 1073; January 1, 2004, review of Say What?, p. 37; August 1, 2004, review of The House on the Gulf, p. 741; September 15, 2005, review of Double Identity, p. 1027; November 15, 2006, review of Dexter the Tough, p. 1174; September 1, 2007, review of Uprising, p. 196.
Kliatt, September, 2003, Claire Rosser, review of Escape from Memory, p. 8; September, 2005, Claire Rosser, review of Double Identity, p. 8; September, 2007, Claire Rosser, review of Uprising, p. 13.
Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2001, review of Among the Imposters, p. 86; June 10, 2002, review of Among the Betrayed, p. 61; April 28, 2003, review of Among the Barons, p. 71; October 13, 2003, review of Escape from Memory, p. 80; January 26, 2004, review of Say What?, p. 254; December 19, 2005, review of Double Identity, p. 66; January 1, 2007, review of Dexter the Tough, p. 50; September 24, 2007, review of Uprising, p. 73.
School Library Journal, August, 2001, B. Allison Gray, review of Takeoffs and Landings, p. 182; February, 2004, Susan Patron, review of Say What?, p. 113; March, 2004, Farida S. Dowler, review of Escape from Memory, p. 212; June, 2004, review of Among the Brave, p. 143; October, 2004, Saleena L. Davidson, review of The House on the Gulf, p. 165; November, 2005, Michele Capozzella, review of Double Identity, p. 136; August, 2006, Catherine Threadgill, review of Among the Free, p. 120; January, 2007, Catherine Callegari, review of Dexter the Tough, p. 97; September, 2007, Renee Steinberg, review of Uprising, p. 196.
Voice of Youth Advocates, December, 1995, Ann Welton, review of Running out of Time, p. 302; Jamie S. Hansen, review of Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, p. 270; February, 1998, Beverly Youree, review of Leaving Fishers, p. 386; October, 1998, Debbie Earl, review of Among the Hidden, p. 283; December, 1999, Cynthia Grady, review of Just Ella, p. 346; August, 2001, Brenda Moses-Allen, review of Among the Imposters, p. 213; June, 2002, review of Among the Betrayed, p. 126; August, 2003, review of Among the Barons, p. 236; October, 2003, review of Escape from Memory, p. 324; August, 2004, review of Among the Brave, p. 230; October, 2005, review of Double Identity, p. 323; February, 2006, review of Among the Free, p. 487.
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