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Code Orange

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  4,743 ratings  ·  570 reviews
Walking around New York City was what Mitty Blake did best. He loved the city, and even after 9/11, he always felt safe. Mitty was a carefree guy–he didn’t worry about terrorists or blackouts or grades or anything, which is why he was late getting started on his Advanced Bio report.
Mitty does feel a little pressure to hand something in–if he doesn’t, he’ll be switched out
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ebook, 224 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 27th 2005)
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Monica!
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
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Rita
My students disliked this book, and I thought it was very boring, too. Not terribly immigrant-friendly, either.
Kelly
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
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Michael
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
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Kyle Miller
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
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Sonia Koehler
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Ellis Stice
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Nova
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
Anna
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.
katnick
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
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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
Jackie
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
Sara
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Stephanie Tuvera
Some things are only existent because you believe it exists not that it really does.
Cassidy Wharton
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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
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Beverly
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
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Greg Zoll
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
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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
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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
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Jessica Welch
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
Amy
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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Code Orange is a thrilling book that kept me on the edge of my seat. The main character, Mitty, in this fictional story wasn't the best student in school and tried to hide his earbuds as he jammed out to music in the back of the classroom. When his teacher gave him the assignment of researching a disease, he was annoyed and didn't even want to attempt it. I felt his pain when his teacher required that actual books be cited in order to "…prevent you people
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Maddie
We had to choose from a variety of books to read for my language arts class about diseases. I chose this one expecting it to be exciting and for it to keep me on the edge of my chair. I was really disappointed. We had to read certain amounts at time and then have meetings with the other people in my grade reading the book. There were only four of us. In the beginning we kept expecting the book to pick up at some point but it just seemed to be getting worse. I started to like Mitty less and less ...more
Tonelli Language Arts
CODE ORANGE
By: Caroline B. Cooney

This was one of the best books I have ever read! I would recommend this book to basically everybody who likes a good book! I recommend this because it is a nice story and it is very believable. Even though it is fiction it is realistic fiction and someday could happen to a smart kid. Everybody makes believable and realistic decisions and reacts like a normal person. The author leaves a couple minor “cliff hangers” so if you like them there are a couple but if yo
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Avery
This book was absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It got me into loving viruses! It was only because of this book that I read The Demon in the Freezer, which is even more exciting than this book!
Code Orange is a fast-paced page-turner with many twists and turns. The action in this book left me breathless. A few events weren't exactly plausible, but then again it is fiction.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Michelle
As a scientist myself, I found this book to be well-researched on the topic of smallpox, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases in general. There was some dramatization, but for the most part, the storyline was plausible. I read this book in about 5 hours. It was a quick and easy read that I found quite engaging. I hope more YA authors turn to science for inspiration and do justice to scientific facts as Cooney has. There's nothing worse than reading a novel where a plague/virus/natural disaster/ ...more
Art
Mitty Blake is the ultimate high school slacker, dozing and listening to music in class and always doing his homework at the last minute -- if at all.

With a science paper on infectious diseases looming and requirements he must have four book sources (not on-line), he finds some old books at his family's weekend home in Connecticut the day before the paper's draft is due.

In one of the medical texts is an envelope containing scabs from variola major -- small pox -- left over from a 1902 epidemic i
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Debra
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!
Celeste Porche
Cool YA fiction about a kid that finds a 100 year old medical envelope with small pox scabs in an old book while doing research- he sneezes...now there is a day by day count down until the incubation period ends and he is at risk for spreading this absolutely disgusting and terrifying disease to the millions and millions of people packed into every city block of Manhattan. I loved all of the gruesome descriptions of what happens to a person's body, as well as the 90's band references.

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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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