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Code Orange

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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. 5 1/2 8 1/4.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
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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...more
Jun 10, 2008 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Ellis Stice
Elements and Style: Caroline uses great first perspective but in the book changes who it's coming from for a bit. It fits well with modern day time and creates a thick details to support main events. You have to pay attention to lots of little parts in the story. This story really was a great thriller and I just couldn't stop reading it.

Characterization: The starting of this book Caroline creates slacker for her main character and you don't find him interesting. But then later in the story when...more
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
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
Dec 15, 2012 Paige rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Paige by: Creative Writing Club Members
A boy named Mitty gets into a good school for either really rich people, or extrememly smart people. He got in because he is from a rich family. When his teachers tell him that there is an advanced biology project to write about small pox, he finds some books at an old vacation house he and his family go to on some weekends. He also found some old small pox scars. He begins to email some people about his findings. Some of the people he emailed think he holds a danger to the world with the scabs...more
Cassidy Wharton
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I thought this was a surprisingly good read, especially for a young adult book. I had picked this up to fit a GR group reading challenge and was very much entertained. It's a page-turner and full of interesting facts about small-pox. Is the hero carrying deadly smallpox or not? Read this fun book and find out!
What a kick in the head piece of writing. I was amused, dubious, appalled, horrified, relieved, amazed, shocked, depressed, hysterical, and awed, over and over during the course of the reading of this book!
Drew Sagehorn
I thought this book was very interesting and well written. It kept me wanting to read more and more. Caroline Cooney did a great job with the way she wrote the book. She kept the readers guessing and made it enjoyable to read. She could've done a better job of introducing the characters, but eventually you end up knowing them pretty we'll. Cooney presented the events of the story in chronological order, which really helps the reader understand the events that are going on. The book is relatable...more
My students disliked this book, and I thought it was very boring, too. Not terribly immigrant-friendly, either.
This book is what really started my interest in the Medical Field.
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
I don't feel as attached to Code Orange as I did with the Janie series. I think this one, compared to the series mentioned, was a "lesser Cooney". However, there are still good points in this book so I gave it no less than three stars.

Now, for the comments. I feel like the book's a little obsessed with smallpox. It has been repeated loads of times in the book that it became a little silly. Mitty's a really interesting main character but I don't feel much attachment to him. I actually liked Derek...more
Emma Anderson
Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney is a great book including mystery adventure and even a little romance. This book is about a teenage boy Mitty Blake who is a slacker in many ways. In Biology class they are doing research projects on different diseases. It is due in three days and guess what Mitty hasn't even picked his disease yet. Luckily his mom bought a ton of books from a doctor and some of them are about diseases. Looking at the books Mitty decides to do his on small pox. A very very painf...more
I was really unsure about what this book would be like from it just sitting on the shelf. But,as all people say don't jude a book by its cover. I got it and started reading the first page and adimatically i was sucked into it!
Code Orange starts off where this boy named Mitty never does his homework and always satres at this girl infront of him. Whom he has gone to school with for years but really just realized she was there. when his teacher finially assigns the class a project Mitty didn't wa...more
Code Orange (one of my favorites) is a novel written by Caroline B. Cooney. It has times after the September 11 attacks. Mitty is a slacker at school until his teacher, Ms. Lynch, gives him a report about an infectious disease named Variola Virus. He realizes that when he researches it up, it actually shows a report that smallpox might be the source of getting it, even in New York City. He then worries about it when some of his family members gets it. It then he finds a medicine that might cure...more
Jan 14, 2011 Ruhama rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Mitty has hit a slump, and he’s only a junior in high school. Unfortunately, he can’t hide his bad grades too much longer, and he actually gets a little interested in his biology report (especially since he could get booted from the class, and that would mean no Olivia nearby). Everyone is to pick a disease and research it: Mitty picks smallpox. One weekend in the family country home provides Mitty with the four book sources he needs, as his mother collects old books for decoration. In one of th...more
Jan 26, 2010 Allegra rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people interested in medicine
Recommended to Allegra by: Library
"Code Orange" by Caroline B. Cooney is about a young teenager named Mitty Blake. In science class they have to do a project on infectious disease. Although the project was assigned four weeks ago, Mitty, being a typical slacker, waits until the very last minute. Mitty decides to do his project on smallpox because of the surplus of books his mother just bought from an old doctor on them. While Mitty is looking through one of the books, an envelope marked "Scabs- VM epidemic, 1902, Boston" he open...more
May 11, 2008 Gracem added it
When teenager Mitty Blake is assigned a paper on an infectious disease he chooses Variola Major, which is more commonly known as the smallpox virus. Mitty finds some old textbooks written by doctors in the late 1800s and the early 1900s and decides to use them as sources for his paper. In one of the books in an envelope full of scabs which Mitty handles. He later discovers that these scabs were scraped off humans that had contracted smallpox and were kept for later studies. When Mitty realizes w...more
Jill Williamson
In Code Orange by Caroline Cooney, procrastinator Mitty Blake has put off his biology research project for too long. At the last minute, he digs up some antique medical books from to use as references for his bibliography. He finds an envelope inside one of the books with the word “variola” written on the outside. Inside are several scabs. Mitty thinks he’s hit the jackpot until he starts to learn more about the disease: small pox. He fears he may have contracted the disease. He goes online and...more
This is one of those cases where "The More You Know" helps. Which may make it a bad kid-lit book--though since that isn't me, I guess that works.

One of my requirements in college was a "Perspectives" course. The one which fit my schedule was Advances in Nursing, a course for non-nursing students to get a nice over-arching look at the medical field today. We had to read a book from a pre-approved list of texts. One of those books was The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston, a book largely abo...more
David Garee
Code Orange Caroline B. Cooney September 2005 Fiction

Code Orange is a book about a boy in Manhattan named Mitty Blake. He goes to St. Raphael, which was for the rich, or brilliant. Mitty was rich and his parents paid the teachers so that he would be in advanced classes. Mitty is asked to do a report in biology about a virus. He chose to do Variola Major also know as smallpox a once extremely deadly virus. While he is doing his report he comes across some old books that his mom bought from an old...more
I read this for school and wow I've never liked a school book this much since The Giver. I almost always like school books (with the exception of Project Mulberry) but this was in a whole other category.

The Characters- There isn't very many characters but they were all cool. Mitty, the protagonist is your typical spoiled teenager who only cares about girls and having fun. He has a crush on a classmate named Olivia. She is the opposite of Mitty. She loves to learn and always tries her best. The...more
Code Orange follows Mitty Blake, a lazy high school kid, who comes into contact with scabs from a small pox outbreak from the early 1900 hundreds. While he debates whether he might have smallpox now, he is kidnapped by terrorists with the intent of being used as a bio weapon.

This book was the required core novel the brilliant curriculum my district says we should read to our 7th graders. I should start of saying that I'm not a big fan off Caroline B. Cooney, and this book didn't help. My kids lo...more
Overall, I think Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney is definitely unique and not your typical realistic fiction book. The main character is a boy named Mitchell (Mitty) Blake. He is a rich boy that does not care a lot about school and grades. The book takes place in New York City, and at his country house in Connecticut. The main plot of the book is that Mitty's advanced biology teacher assigns him a report about a disease. Normally, this report would not mean much to him, however, this time it w...more
Code Orange
by Caroline B. Cooney
Science Fiction
208 pages

Code Orange is about a boy nicknamed Mitty who finds himself researching about smallpox for a school project. Early on, he finds an old book that his mother has kept from some doctors library, in it he finds an envelope labeled Scabs-VM epidemic, 1902, Boston, Mitty out of curiosity opens the bag and accidently breathes some in. What he doesn’t know and won’t find out for sometime is that VM stands for Variola major, or smallpox. Once Mitty...more
This was a FANTASTIC book. Another one I picked up to see if I wanted to teach it and I definitely do; I had planned to later this year until I discovered that it isn't out in paperback until May. Rats. Next year though. This was a Lone Star book last year I think.

Anyway it is a YA book, and so excellently written. It is smart and it is current; set in NYC post 9/11, it gives lots of references to ways that things have both changed and stayed the same for New Yorkers since then. I don't actually...more
Tani Griffin
This fast-paced action novel will appeal especially to adolescent males between 13 and 17. Clearly written as a direct response to 9/11, in particular the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, Cooney's book raises moral questions about citizens' responsibilities regarding terrorism. For this reason, I would not recommend it to junior high students. Mitty is a likeable guy who easily makes friends with everyone. He finds school boring and rarely does homework, but in or...more
Cameron Tuckéár
The book Code Orange is one of the best books I have ever read. I felt like I was in the story the whole time. It was always entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat practically the whole time. Some parts of the book were “cheesy” and slow like when Mitty is talking about his love for Olivia. Other that than the book was fast paced. The author does a great job setting up the book. It goes from Mitty being close to being switched out of Advanced Biology with his crush Olivia, to Mitty find...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...more
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