Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix

refuge-for-websiteSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017

In Fredtown, where he lived for the first twelve years of his life, Edwy was the rebel, the one who wanted to turn the rules on their heads, the one who thought the Freds weren’t giving the kids of Fredtown the whole story. But in his real home with his true parents, there are just as many secrets, and things are so different, it’s even hard to figure out how to rebel. What’s clear is that something big and very, very bad happened before Edwy was born. Edwy decides to find out what it was and enlists the help of Rosi, the other oldest kid from Fredtown, but before he knows it, Edwy is whisked away to the city of Refuge, leaving his promise of watching out for Rosi unfulfilled.

In Refuge the rules have changed once again, and no one seems to have answers for Edwy. At first, life in Refuge seems easy, but over time Edwy’s promise to watch over Rosi weighs on him – she’s still back in the town with her parents. When Edwy gets news of what is happening to Rosi, he knows he will have to use his wits and enlist the help of strangers to save her and to solve the mysteries of his new home.

The second book in the series, Children of Refuge continues the story of the return of the children from Fredtown through Edwy’s point of view. The compelling questions and characters keep coming as readers journey with Edwy and learn even more about his world.

Margaret Patterson Haddix continues the series masterfully, switching viewpoints for this second novel from Rosi to Edwy and enlarging our knowledge of the world. Haddix’s characters are fully developed and engaging. Edwy’s growth through the novel as he solves problems and adjusts to his new life is satisfying and real. I read through books one and two very quickly, engrossed in the story. I will be waiting on pins and needles for the next book in the series.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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