Children of Exile series

Children of Exile (Children of Exile, #1)Children of Exile
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Grades 5 & up

Twelve-year-old Rosi and her younger brother Bobo have spent their entire lives in Fredtown, being raised by their Fred-Mama, Fred-Daddy, and all of the other Freds. They and the other children were removed from their homes by the Freds because it wasn’t safe for them. Now, though, things have changed and with very little warning they are returning to their original home and their birth parents whom they know nothing about. After a long plane ride back, Rosi is shocked to meet her parents and see the conditions they live in. After being raised by the kind, caring Feds who taught tolerance and peace, her hometown is a shock. She is a shock to her parents as well, who weren’t expecting a fully grown daughter even though it had been twelve years. As Rosi and Edwy, the only other twelve-year-old, explore about their new/old home, the shocks continue to come. Told in true Margaret Peterson Haddix style, this book will have readers’ on the edge of their seats with cliffhangers and unexpected twists. It can also be a fantastic discussion starter for looking at current events in the world today. I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy!

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Children of Refuge (Children of Exile, #2)Children of Refuge
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Grades 5 & up

In this second book in the Children of Exile series, we follow Edwy’s story. He is separated from Rosi, kidnapped by his own father, and sent to live with an older brother and sister that he never knew he had in Refuge City. The more he learns about Refuge City, the more he realizes how vastly different than anything Fredtown and the Freds prepared him for. When he learns what happened to Rosi (which was in the first book), he sets aside his new life in Refuge City to find her. The non-stop action will keep readers engaged while questioning the lessons they are taught by the well-meaning adults in their lives. It is full of plenty of Haddix’s signature twists as well! Please read the series in order. Highly recommended for grades 5 & up.

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