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Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
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May 13, 2009

really liked it

I read this novel because one of the 8th grade science teachers wants to incorporate it as a novel study with her curriculum. My analysis: it has a great written quality to it that rivals the urgency and unsettled feeling viewers have with outbreak themed movies. It gives readers the sense of knowing and not knowing...a well-crafted balance that propels the plot forward with action under a deadly deadline. It also has a level of sophistication and maturity that will appeal to 8th graders without being too mature or inappropriate for the age group or reading level. It's not a children's novel nor is it an adult thriller. I think it also ties in perfectly with the current situation with the outbreak of swine flu. Good choice on the teacher's part.

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