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Code Orange

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  5,256 Ratings  ·  639 Reviews
Walking around New York City is what Mitty Blake does best. He loves the city, and even after 9/11, he's always felt safe. Mitty is a carefree guy–he doesn't worry about terrorists or blackouts or grades or anything. He'd much rather watch the game or hang out listening to his iPod than do research on infectious diseases just to get a good grade.

Mitty does feel a little pr
Paperback, 209 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 27th 2005)
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Jubilation Lee
This was part of yet another booktalk presentation I did at the middle school this week (Can you tell I'm trapped in the middle of End Of The Year Chaos?) and it was a ridiculous success.

Our hero Mitty, lazy slacker extraordinaire, demonstrates a SEVERE lack of self preservation when he opens an ancient medical textbook, finds an equally-ancient envelope labeled "smallpox scabs," and then OPENS THE ENVELOPE to poke around and see what the hell a smallpox scab actually looks like!

It was at this p
Nov 06, 2012 Rita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My students disliked this book, and I thought it was very boring, too. Not terribly immigrant-friendly, either.
Sonia Koehler
Apr 28, 2016 Sonia Koehler rated it did not like it
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Kyle Miller
Jun 11, 2014 Kyle Miller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book might have been the most boring thing I have ever read in my life. This book was not for me at all, it might just be me, I might not get it but I honestly think this was the worst thing I've ever read in my life.

I rated this book a one, because it dragged on the whole time, I didn't know what was happening, and the author kept switching the story throughout the whole book. At first it wasn't that bad, but then I read the second chapter, and I cant explain the boredom I went through aft
Jun 10, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 7 -12
This should have been the Indiana Young Hoosier winner for 2008. It has everything, mystery, suspense, gore, history....I love the fact that Cooney draws students into to this great story and then shows them the way to do research and the way NOT to do Research.

Mitty is a procrastinator and is the epitome of a bright student with a lack of motivation to do his work properly. His girlfriend is the opposite, she is a dedicated, driven student that does above and beyond what is required. She is an
I expected to like this book a lot more than I did. I greatly enjoyed the Face on the Milk Carton series and I'm something of an infectious disease enthusiast, so Code Orange should have been the perfect book for me. Unfortunately, I was severely unimpressed.

Mitty, the book's main character, is an unlikeable slacker. He hates school, doesn't listen to teachers, thinks books are a waste of time, and believes that dropping out of high school and listening to a lot of music will earn him a career a
Ellis Stice
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Feb 06, 2008 Nova rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Code Orange was an exciting book. I think this would be novel that would capture the interest of readers from grades sixth through ninth. The main character in Code Orange is Mitty Blake, an affluent New York City teen who cares more about socializing and listening to music than achieving academic success at his private prep school. All this changes when Mitty becomes engrossed in a project on infectious diseases. Mitty decides to do his project on smallpox when he discovers a sampling of smallp ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Code Orange is an exciting story filled with adventure, thrill, and horrid desises.
It is about a boy named Mitty Blake. A high school student who would rather listen to music opposed to school work. So, one day, Mitty’s biology teacher gives the class a project on infectuis desises. Mitty goes to Conneticut every weekend and so this time he goes to his place and finds these books. He finds a book on viorla majora. He opens it up and finds these scabs. He accidentally crumples them up and puts
Jul 26, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a good mystery book for my middle schoolers with lots of forensics. Well, this book had lots of information about diseases, but not the mystery I had hoped it would be. It took a while to get exciting, but when it was all "said and done," it was a pretty good story.
Corey Dobson
Apr 28, 2016 Corey Dobson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you take a look at this book for me please, it's pretty well. This degen named Mitty inhales scabs in chapter one and the book builds on the idea that he has smallpox. As Mrs T said, "Thisbookbuildsoffofchapteronesopleasepleasemakesureyoureadit." He later gets abducted by some straight thugs led by Jihadi John.
Mar 28, 2016 Holly rated it really liked it
A few weeks ago, a fellow teacher and I were digging through our book room looking for books to teach to our 7th graders. (Even as teachers, we groaned over a lot of the books that looked dumb.) She pointed this one out to me and said that another teacher had taught this for years and that it might be cool. I read the back: bioterrorism and smallpox? Hmm. Could be on to something.

And actually, it's pretty neat. Right from the beginning, I liked Mitty. A total slacker, the boy managed to be charm
Jabr Abu-Halimah
Apr 28, 2016 Jabr Abu-Halimah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Logan Feltz
Dec 15, 2015 Logan Feltz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Code Orange was very exciting to read. Every chapter was full of adventure and suspense which always kept me wanting to read more. I believe Mitty is a very brave teenager because even with having the mindset that he contracted Variola Major, he never freaks out about it and doesn't tell anyone that he might have been exposed to the virus . He tries to figure out what to do by himself.

Mitty Blake is a regular teenage boy that goes to a private school in Manhattan
Feb 17, 2016 Chuck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because my step-son (who HAD to read it as part of his pre-ap summer program) said he identified quite a bit with the main character, Mitty.
If I were not deeply interested in my step son, I doubt I would have made it past the first 15 pages.
The sentence by sentence writing is fair but the story structure and devices are the lamest I have seen in many years. The main character (I hate to call a 16 yr old "protagonist" -- seems rude) is roughtly drawn. His two sidekicks (boy and girl)
Ms. Feigen's English 9 Classes Feigen
Andrew F. Per 3

Code Orange is a fictional piece written by Caroline B. Cooney. I think that this book is great for young teens, but is too graphic for anyone younger. For example in the book the main character gruesomely describes what happens when you get smallpox. I also think that the book is too easy for anyone older than 14. I think Cooneyt's inspiration for the book was to show how people act if they think they are seriously ill or dying. For example the first thing the character did was g
Mr. Z
Mitty has only one reason to pay attention to his classwork: Olivia; a classmate who shares a mutual interest in him. Usually, Mitty laughs zones out to teacher lectures (in favor of listening to his i-Pod) and laughs off assignments. Things change when his biology teacher assigns a paper about infectious diseases. Mitty comes across a 100 year-old book containing a mysterious envelope which, it turns out, is holding samples of scabs from the 1902 smallpox epidemic. When Mitty comes to terms wit ...more
Jun 21, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
Who knew a required term paper would result in a bioterrorism threat, a possible re-emergence of smallpox and being taken hostage by thugs who want to destroy New York City. Mitty Blake, once again, leaves research for his biology paper until the last minute. He can't get to the library, the bookstores are closed and he can't use the internet as a resource. Surreptitiously, he finds old biology books in his mother's office. Books that were bought as part on an estate sale to be used as decorativ ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adrian N
Mar 18, 2016 Adrian N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a teen in high school that found smallpox scabs and he is afraid that he is getting smallpox so then he runs away because he is afraid that he will spread the disease
Asher Feltz
Apr 28, 2016 Asher Feltz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. I was forced to read this by my English teacher. So, obviously it was horrible. The main character, Mitty, contracts a rare disease and doesn't know what to do about it. The whole book is literally this. It provided a lot of information on the disease, but was very slow at times.
Stephanie Tuvera
Dec 22, 2014 Stephanie Tuvera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some things are only existent because you believe it exists not that it really does.
Cassidy Wharton
Mar 07, 2009 Cassidy Wharton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Minnah Arshad
I would've given this book five stars if it weren't for the ending.

This book started amazingly. Well-written and left you wanting more. It had a great plot, and the main character was relatable and real. This book was a breath of fresh air in a time where no book seemed to be good. Everything was either too dark, too fake, too cliche... the list went on.

But all of a sudden I was at the the second to last chapter, and the mystery still wasn't solved. And then the last chapter came, and literally
Aidan Birch
I decided to read this book because Its cover caught my eyes while in the library.

The character I found interesting in this book was not the main character, Mitty, but the girl he fancies, Olivia. Olivia is an interesting character because she is a good and well behaved girl who does well in school but still hangs out with Mitty, who is the complete opposite, He never does work and he is always misbehaving. This shows us that she is a very loyal character.

A quote from this novel that was intrig
Apr 12, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author creates an intriquing story of Private High School in Manhatten. Mitty was a good student in younger days but now he doesn't care. He is interested in Olivia, a nerdy good looking girl who always sits up front. Derek, his best friend, is more of a big talker than a deep thinker.

The plot thickens when the Honors English teacher assigns a paper on infectious diseases. Derek quickly chooses anthrax and Olivia, typhoid. Mitty is undecided until he stumbles across four old medical books th
Greg Zoll
Mar 31, 2015 Greg Zoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most surprisingly good book I have ever read. My sister recommended this teenage sci-fi thriller to me, and I thought it would be 200+ pages of agony. Boy, was I wrong! This book left me continuously surprised and astonished, and ended in a series of oh my gosh moments that make a book fantastic. This book may not win awards or be that popular, but if you stumble upon this book, don't pass up the chance to read it.

Mitty Blake is a teenage boy growing up in the heart of Manhat
Zoe Reimers
May 28, 2014 Zoe Reimers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Code Orange is about a boy named Mitty who goes to a private school in New York. Most people go because they are smart, but Mitty goes because his parents are rich and have high hopes for him. He has biology with his best friend Derek and his girlfriend Olivia. Mitty is a slacker and doesn’t like to do his work. In his biology class they got assigned a big project over any disease they wanted and how it relates to bioterrorism. Mitty decided last minute to
Jessica Welch
Dec 15, 2014 Jessica Welch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline B. Cooney did very well once again. I first read her Face on the Milk Carton books and I wanted to branch out for my author presentation. I was interested to see how the time period she wrote her book in would change her style of writing a little bit. But it was very similar from her other works. I enjoyed the plot it was a fast paced novel and I liked that the protagonist was a boy. The only thing that really bothered me about the book was his obsession with his own illness. He started ...more
Mitty Blake is an affable slacker, cruising through his high school career on charm and friendliness. He’s determined to do as little schoolwork as possible, preferring instead to listen to music, watch TV, or sleep. Oh, or think about his crush, the beautiful and intelligent Olivia Clark. But Mitty encounters a challenge to his slacker mentality when he faces the following dilemma: either stay in advanced biology (his only class with Olivia) by acing his term paper on smallpox, or risk getting ...more
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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 rem
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