By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Luke Garner is terrified.

Out of hiding for the 1st time in his lifestyles, he understands that any minute one among his new classmates at Hendricks tuition for Boys may realize his mystery: that he's a 3rd baby passing because the lately deceased Lee provide. And in a society the place it's unlawful for households to have greater than youngsters, being a 3rd baby potential definite dying by the hands of the scary inhabitants Police.

His first adventure outdoors the protection of his house is bewildering. There's now not a unmarried window anyplace within the institution; Luke can't inform his classmates aside (even as they topic him to brutal hazing); and the academics appear oblivious to it all.

Desperate to slot in, Luke endures the confusion and teasing until eventually he discovers an unlocked door to the skin, and an opportunity to appreciate what's particularly occurring. yet to take this chance—to discover the secrets and techniques of Hendricks—Luke might want to set aside his fears and find a braveness lifetime in hiding couldn't thwart.

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The roof of the tunnel must have fallen in and trapped him. It could subside further at any time. I shine the flashlight around. The circle of light wobbles because my hand is shaking like the rest of me. I don't want to die under a pile of rocks. Then I hear something. It's Hector's whispery voice. "Stewart? " "Who's Stewart? It's not Stewart. It's me," I say. There's a silence. At least he's alive. "Stewart is the basset. The dog," I hear. " "I'm not shouting—what do you mean don't shout! " There's another silence after my voice stops ringing.

After all, it's no secret that their exis­ tence is contingent upon the absence of humans with their cats and dogs and guns and other toys. Soon the beauty of the birds will have disappeared and only the birds themselves will remain here, undis­ turbed forever, because only humans name things "beautiful" and it is only humans that destroy the things they call beautiful Here the last entry stopped, the writing large and wobbly and so different from the first entry in 2008, with its firm, small lettering: Blind established at D9 and equipped.

Usually the key is underneath it, and I open the glass door covering the face of the clock and put the key into a little hole near the center of the face. But this time the key's gone. " She doesn't look at me, keeps on chopping. "I've taken it," she says. " "You don't want me to wind it? " She's still not looking at me. "He says the ticking's driving him crazy. " She doesn't reply. "Mom? We can't just let it run down. What if one of the other clocks stops? We'd only have one clock left then, and—" "Diana.

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