While there has been a lot of discussion, and curiosity from fans, about a movie or movies made from The Shadow Children series. Haddix reports that so far nothing is in the works but she too would like to see her books on the big screen. She urges fans to keep an eye on her website where she will post the news if any of her books make it to Hollywood.
Although Haddix states that this series is not set in China, or in any particular country for that matter, she did a great deal or extensive research on China’s One-Child policy before writing this book. Haddix believes that a story like the one she tells throughout The Shadow Children series could happen in any country and in any time period. This is why she did not set the book in any particular time period or locale. Haddix wanted the reader to imagine for themselves where and when this story might take place. She wanted to evoke thought and consideration how none of us are ever, completely, safe from a situation like the one she has presented in this book series.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.
Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?