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url 2017-05-08 15:49
Bertrand Russell on Power-Knowledge vs. Love-Knowledge, the Two Faces of Science, and What Makes Life Satisfying

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review 2017-03-20 23:11
Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Barons - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is the fourth book of the Shadow Children series. It revisits the character Luke, aka Lee Grant, and continues his fight as a third child. The name he is living under, Lee Grand, is the dead son of a prominent family. Luke then goes to live with the Grand family, whom he is highly suspicious and weary of. The plot deepens at this point in the series with this novel. Luke is also a lot different than when he was first introduced in book one. This book could be used more towards recreational reading than anything else. However, it still has academic aspects such as the issue of population police and problems and concerns that arise due to dictatorship nations. The lexile level is 650L so this book should be used in the 6th grade and above.

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review 2017-03-20 22:54
Among The Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Betrayed - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book is the third novel of the Shadow Children series. While the first two books are from the viewpoint of a boy named Luke, this one is different. It is tolled through the viewpoint of a girl named Elodie Luria, who goes under the assumed name Nina Idi. This character was arrested and imprisoned along with several other suspected "shadow children." In order for her to be spared, she must get the other children to confess to being third born. This book is just as intriguing as the first and second book. This book teaches the reader about what it means to fight for a cause that one believes in. This is also relevant to today's time. The most recent events I can think of is the controversy over the President and gender laws. Many people feel strongly for or against both items. Students will need to start learning what it means to believe in something and fight for that belief. The book provides an excellent basis for building the foundation for understanding what it means to believe and fight for something. Despite this lesson not necessarily being academically biased, it teaches about the importance of a person's ethical and personal beliefs. This book has a lexile level of 690L so it should be used in the 6th grade and above.

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review 2017-03-20 21:05
Among The Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Impostors - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is the second book of the Shadow Children series. It is about Luke Garner's struggle to survive as an outlawed third child or "shadow child" and his fight against the government. During this book, Luke assumes a new identity as Lee Grant. While under this new identity, he portrays a student at a school for boys. While there, he is still fighting against the government. Much like the first book of the series, Among The Hidden, I think this book could go along with learning about the world and other cultures. Like the point I made in my previous review of the first book in the series, many countries today have population laws. One of those countries is Kenya. One of said population laws include how many children a woman is allowed to have during her lifetime. The idea behind their population laws is to improve the quality of life for the people of its nation. Like in the book, the government has a noble reason for imposing these types of laws. However, many people may disagree with the government imposing laws that could be considered somewhat invasive. This book could be used as an excellent tool in instigating higher thinking skills that require students to question their environment. Because of this, the teacher needs to be aware of the students', as a whole classroom, ability to use this type of higher level thinking. The lexile level for this book is 620L so it should be used in the 6th grade and up.

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review 2017-03-20 20:30
Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book takes pace in a country where they are going through a great depression. In response to the food shortage due to this depression, the government has put into law that third children are illegal. The enforcement of this law requires the killing or imprisoning these third children or "shadow children." This is the first book of a seven book series that follows the lives of several "shadow children." This book follows the life of Luke Garner. Due to the laws, he is forced into hiding from everyone. One day, he decides to take a stand and fight for his right to live. This means coming out of hiding and trying to survive out on his own. The book is a wonderful read. This series has stuck with me all since I first read it in elementary school. It truly is memorable. Although most people would consider this book to be completely fictional and that nothing like this could ever happen, they would be wrong. Even today, this book could be relevant. For example, there is a second child ban in China. Although there are exceptions from this law, the fact is that it is still law. Children, particularly girls and disabled children, are often abandoned or killed by their parents. It is due to this law. This text, despite being fictional, could be relevant in the learning of other cultures that may contain dictatorships that may impose harsh laws such as the third child ban. It is a plus that the book is actually very interesting. This book has a lexile level of 800L so it should be used for the 6th grade and up.

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