Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney (2005)
Juvenile Fiction | Thriller
“With a school report due, Mitty Blake considers it good luck when he finds some old medical books in his family’s weekend house. However, when he discovers an old envelope in one of the books, the report is no longer about the grade–it’s about life and death.”
pooled ink Review:
Mitty is the dumbest kid in the world. He is by far the dumbest kid I’ve ever had the misfortune of reading about in a book. At least he showed some real bravery and smarts in the end. But really, if he wasn’t so dumb in the first place…
…on the upside, I’m sure that if I was in middle school when reading this book it would be amazing, intense, nail-biting, etc.
But I’m not so it was dumb.
P.S. I truly feel that good writing can transcend age. Look at , for example, the Harry Potter books which were intended as children’s books but have become beloved by people of all ages not only for its heart but the sheer brilliance of the work. Lord of the Rings, Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, George Orwell, C.S. Lewis…the list goes on and on and it is these authors and their works that will be remembered because they have that magic touch that can ignite the imagination of a child into a greater adventure but also reinforce an adult’s rebellion against the dull minds of society. They inspire us to do something more.
Review originally posted on Goodreads on August 1, 2014
Purchase here: Code Orange
Meet Caroline B. Cooney!
Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when “the best teacher I ever had in my life” made writing her main focus. “He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!”
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people — with remarkable results. She began to sell stories to Seventeen magazine and soon after began writing books. Suspense novels are her favorites to read and write. “In a suspense novel, you can count on action.”
To keep her stories realistic, Caroline visits many schools outside of her area, learning more about teenagers all the time. She often organizes what she calls a “plotting game,” in which students work together to create plots for stories. Caroline lives in Westbrook, Connecticut and when she’s not writing she volunteers at a hospital, plays piano for the school musicals and daydreams!