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By Margaret Peterson Haddix

disguise OR struggle?

Matthias, an unlawful 3rd baby, is stuck within the move fireplace among rebels and the inhabitants Police. whilst he unwittingly saves a inhabitants Police officer, Matthias is dropped at inhabitants Police headquarters to coach as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, one other third-born who enlists his assist in a plot to undermine the inhabitants Police. yet Matthias is less than consistent scrutiny, and he has no inspiration whom he can belief. What can one boy do opposed to a depraved forms?

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It scared him the way in which her head sagged opposed to his arm back. “Percy? ” he referred to as softly, short of the opposite boy there for reassurance, for convenience. “Over here,” Percy replied from a long way down the hillside. “I think—” yet Matthias couldn’t pay attention what Percy suggestion. simply because that was once while the 1st gunshot rang out. bankruptcy SIX Matthias reacted instinctively, somersaulting himself and Alia down the hill till they got here to leisure at the back of an important log. safeguard. Alia screamed with the ache of being moved so approximately, yet even Matthias may well slightly listen her over the unexpected barrage of gunfire. It took Matthias a couple of minutes to achieve that nobody was once taking pictures at him and Alia, that each one the bullets have been whizzing and zinging farther down the hill. “Percy,” he breathed out, in a manner that may were a prayer. He dared to elevate his head to see over the log. From this vantage element, he may perhaps see a cabin’s roof and a swath of empty highway. in the beginning it appeared that the gunfire used to be popping out of nowhere—phantom weapons firing phantom bullets, probably. yet then he observed a rustle of move at the contrary part of the line. within the doubtful mild of nightfall, he can make out males in darkish uniforms. inhabitants Police uniforms. They despatched that many males after us, with weapons? for 3 unarmed teenagers? he puzzled. But—he squirmed round to get a greater view—the inhabitants Police weren’t aiming their weapons even within the course the place Percy were status. They have been capturing on the cabin. And somebody inside of was once capturing again at them. no longer Percy, Matthias advised himself. while the gunfire had begun, Percy’s voice had come from a more in-depth spot than the cabin. And, so far as Matthias knew, Percy had by no means touched a gun in his lifestyles. whether he’d came upon a gun within the cabin, Percy wouldn’t have picked it up and began capturing. Oh, please, permit that now not be Percy, Matthias prayed. He may inform: Whoever used to be within the cabin didn’t have an opportunity opposed to the inhabitants Police. He was once so eager to locate Percy that he raised his head even greater, so he might test the whole hillside. within the failing mild, every little thing used to be in shadows, but when Matthias peered difficult sufficient, probably— The sound of gunfire stopped unexpectedly. Matthias iced over, his ears nonetheless ringing. Down under, the inhabitants law enforcement officials swarmed around the street, surrounding the cabin. Matthias ducked his head down in the back of the log back, yet he saved peeking out. He heard a splintering sound that most likely intended the officials had kicked within the cabin door. Then they started dragging out lifeless our bodies. One, , 3, 4, 5. . . . what number of people have been crowded into that small cabin? The our bodies stored coming. Matthias couldn’t see them all, yet so far as he might inform, none of them used to be Percy. Matthias’s ears have been convalescing a bit, sufficient that he might trap snatches of the inhabitants Police officers’ dialog. “Seventeen rebels, simply as our informant said,” a harsh voice stated. “Fools. ” Matthias may see the guy who acknowledged that. He appeared to be leaning over one of many our bodies, the way in which anyone may lean over and kiss a child’s brow.

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