Children of Refuge (Children of Exile: Volume 2)
Author Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
In Volume 2 of the Children of Exile series we follow the story of Edwy, Rosi’s frenemy from Fredtown. Edwy, like Rosi, is twelve, one of the first children to be brought to Fredtown. Unlike Rosi, Edwy has always been a bit of a rebel. Despite his perfect Fred upbringing, things like lying and rule-breaking have always come easily to Edwy.
Now back with his biological parents, Edwy’s situation is totally different from Rosi’s. His parents, the Watanabonesets, are rich. In fact, his father is a powerful crime lord with all kinds of underground connections. Edwy’s older brother and sister don’t have to live in their former hometown, now called Cursed Town. No, they live separated from their parents in a town called Refuge City. Refuge City has all kinds of things to make for a better life but most people can’t leave Cursed Town. Only Edwy’s father has the kind of clout to get his son out of Cursed Town to live with his siblings in Refuge City.
Life in Refuge City should feel natural to Edwy. It’s a place where everyone seems to lie and cheat. Edwy’s siblings, Enu and Kiandra, have found ways to fool their parents into thinking that they really attend school. When Edwy plays basketball with Enu and his friends, cheating is not only expected but accepted. So why does it suddenly seem wrong to Edwy?
When Edwy learns of Rosi’s fate in Cursed Town (because Kiandra hacks their computer system), he realizes that Rosi, poster child for the Freds, has been wrongly imprisoned. He knows he must help her in some way. To do so, he must do all kinds of things that Rosi and the Freds would think wrong. Yet is it wrong to do bad things in order to help his friend?
Once again readers are pulled into the story as we wonder not only about the actions of Edwy, but also the fate of Rosi. Be sure to check out the discussion questions tomorrow.