Code Orange

Code Orange

Book - 2005
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While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780385732598
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 22 cm


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Have you ever gotten a virus? Did you get over it? What if you got a virus that you could not necessarily get over and that there was no known cure for? One that had the potential to infect the entire city? In this novel, titled Code Orange, that is exactly the situation Mitchell (a.k.a Mitty) Johnson Blake, a seemingly ordinary teen living in New York City, is going through. While looking for information to use for his advanced biology paper, Mitty discovers a book on infectious diseases that dates back to the eighteenth century. Although he finds the answers in this particular book necessary for his biology paper, he gets more than he ever bargained for when he finds an envelope tucked in the book with smallpox scabs. Are these scabs infectious? Does Mitty himself have smallpox, one of the most feared infectious diseases in the world? If he doesn't, then why is he getting some its’ symptoms? What will become of Mitty? Or the more important question, what will become of the entire human race? Everything gets even more complicated when Mitty reaches out to others in an attempt to get answers to such questions and the threat of bioterrorism is becoming increasingly apparent. In this fast-paced, suspense-building novel, one learns how life-changing books can really turn out to be. You will not be able to put this book down – trust me on that! For this reason, I would give it a rating of five out of five stars for bringing up an interesting and unique topic, and for being so action-packed.

Jul 13, 2012

i thought this book was different and weird to my taste. It wasnt much of my style and i didnt like it. Some of the seting i couldnt imagine very well #imagineteencontest

Yasou_no_Hanabi Apr 10, 2012

This is an amazing book. I was reading it all night - it pulls you in that much. It really makes you think about how bio-terrorism is real, and it could happen. But when there are people who have enough courage, good will prevail. I haven't read any other books by Caroline B. Cooney yet, but after reading Code Orange, I want to! Sadly, as there are only 5 stars, I can't give it 100 stars ... but I liked it that much, and I know you will too.

Jun 17, 2011

Really good and thrilling. Caroline once again shows us the different forms of terrorism and how it can be acted out upon us, in ways that we once thought were impossible. She also includes modern problems that teenagers go through like relationships and problems of all sorts from family to friends.

Sep 18, 2006

This is a great portrayal of high school student facing writing assignments. The twist the author introduces is a sign of our times in the post 9/11 atmosphere of NYC and continuing threat of bio-terrorism. I stayed up way too late as the story took off in the middle and I had to find out what happened nex.


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