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Code of Honor

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,142 ratings  ·  582 reviews
Live by the code. Die by the code?

Kamran Smith has it all. He’s the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl, and can’t wait to enlist in the army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran’s mother is from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted.

And then everything implodes.

Darius is accused of being a terrorist. Kamran refuses to believe it.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Cassidy Hiebert When Kameran got home from practice at his house there were TV vans, Homeland security, a tank, police, government agents, and his mom and dad. We…moreWhen Kameran got home from practice at his house there were TV vans, Homeland security, a tank, police, government agents, and his mom and dad. We know this because on page 32 and 33 it says," When I drove up to my house...rows of TV armored car with HOMELAND SECURITY written on the side...A tank on wheels...A policeman stopped me at a barricade...two government agents in suits walked out...Mom and Dad stood inside..." That says that the list above was who was at his house(less)

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Ms. Yingling
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Kamran Smith, whose mother immigrated from Iran in the late 1970s and whose father is from the US, is a football player who is planning on going to West Point and follow in his brother Darius' footsteps. The two have always been close, and invented lots of games based on mash-ups of Persian mythology and modern fantasy stories like Harry Potter and Star Wars. When Darius shows up in news videos reading statements supporting Muslim terrorist activities again
Hunter Kimball
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it shows the bond that two brothers could have, also this book has a lot of violence because part of their code is to "kill all monsters", I reacted to this in a lot of different ways because I think that the way that the kill these "monsters" is very crazy. Also it shows that if you have a great personality and confidence then you can do anything.
Will Keach
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a high action thriller and you didn't know what was coming next.
Angela Riley
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can't decide if I like this book. It had lots of action. However, it was soooo predictable and unrealistic. It was hard for me to take at some points. But I can't help but wonder if my students will like this book. It might really appeal to a middle schooler. I almost want one of my students to read it and tell me what they think.
Morgan F.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Alan Gratz's books are popular with my 8th graders. I've been wanting to read one of his books for a few years and had the opportunity this week to read this one. I ended up liking it, but it's not my favorite. It was a roller coaster of twists and turns that wore me out. There were a lot of events that were a little too much for me to buy into, like the way the childhood stories that Darius and Kamran made up as kids lined up so well with the terrorists' plots, and the fact that one of the CIA ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kamran is the star football player, hangs out with the most popular kids in school, and he has been appointed to join Westpoint. When Kamran is at prom a big bully confronts him and accuses him of being the brother of a terrorist. Kamran's brother Darius has always lived by the code of honor, so Kamran is on a very dangerous journey to prove him innocent. I really enjoyed this because the moral is not to judge a book by its cover. I also enjoyed the fact that it was realistic fiction, one of the ...more
Michael Blazek
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book because it is a very good story about a boy and his brother. The boys brother Darius was know as a terrorist by everyone but his brother. His brother was convinced he was being held hostage and he tried to explain that but nobody would believe him. Darius was sending him secret messages through video to prove he's not a terrorist. Overall this is one of the very best books I ever read.
Jillian Heise
I picked this book up because an 8th grade boy recommended it to me, and I'm so glad because it was a good read. It's the kind of book that makes you want to keep turning pages as the plot rushes forward, helped along by short chapters and cliffhanger endings, building the suspense as it moves toward a thrilling ending (even if some events seemed to come together a little too easily at the end, but the excitement of the story lends toward forgiveness for that - as any good action movie would). K ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reader must suspend some believability, esp. when main character doesn't ask about parents while he is being held by government. However fans of the Alex Rider series will like this and there seems to be a hint of more to come. The current cultural issues are well portrayed and conflicted mindset of the main character in several situations rings true. Looking forward to book talking this one.

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Kamran is a football star, has a best friend, dates one of the most popular girls and is nomina
Brianna Carcione
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, Code of Honor, shows that family who sticks together, will eventually be in a better place than before. The main character is Kamran and he had to go through obstacle after obstacle to get to his brother who is assumed of being a terrorist. He had shown bravery and shown how much he cared and loved his brother enough, to put himself at risk. Kamran did not only save his brother, Darius from Al-Qaeda, but he also saved thousands and thousands of lives at the Super bowl. Overall, this b ...more
Dana Fontaine
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This was an amazing book. It was full of action, good guys, bad guys, heroes, enemies, terrorists, race issues, it was just wonderful. This book was about Kamran Smith, who is half Persian. His brother and him live by a code. A military code that they invented. One night, the night of the homecoming dance, someone sends a racial slur Kamran's way. He thinks his mother will be mad, but his mother has bigger issues to worry about. His brother has been detected as a suspected terrorist. His brother ...more
VIncent N.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
i think that the code of honor was good book and that how it starts off was a little wired to start at a high school prom and that he is the high school prom king and his girlfriend is the prom queen, they have the slow dance they eat they have fun then a kid goes up to karmen [the main character] this kid starts to talk bad about him how he is a immigrant and that he is terrorist and that he is not aloud to be apart of the school even though karmen was bron there and only his mom is from Isis
Maria Kramer
Want to read an audiobook on a tedious car trip and not zone out? This is the book for you! I can see why it was added to the Quick Picks list - this book moves at a very fast clip, with a lot of twists and surprises. The writing isn't the greatest, but it's clear and gets the point across. I was entertained, and will probably recommend it to teens or middle schoolers.

Recommended for:
Kids who want something more realistic than 39 Clues, or kids too young for Tom Clancy.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great work of fiction. Its about a Boy named Kamran whose brother is accused of being a terrorist. He is soon at school stereotyped in the same way. Then he tries to clear his and his brother's name. This book is exiting and full of twists. In this book the only way to survive is trust....

May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an interesting read. I couldn't actually tell if his brother was a terrorist until he tried to defuse the bomb at the Super Bowl

I have a complaint about this book, it spent way to long on him being in his so called prison. But their was a bit of plot twists and overall it was a pretty good book. highly suggest reading. I also suggest the authors first book Prisoner B-3087
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book was really good I enjoyed it a lot. the book is very interesting and really caught my attention. I would read this book again any day. I like how he stood up for his brother and believed in him even when no one else did. It was very courageous to me and it made me really happy.
Kim Clifton
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
After the success of Refugee with my students last year, I thought Alan Gratz could do no wrong. I wouldn’t exactly call Code of Honor wrong, but it relies on coincidence to keep the plot going in a way that tempers the adventure and makes it seem incredibly far-fetched. The premise of this book is gritty and timely, but as soon as elaborate secret codes, implausible jailbreaks, traitors, and false identities show up, it takes a turn toward ridiculous. The adventure was still fun, just gratuitou ...more
Tucker Hawthorne
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Code of Honor by Alan Gratz is a story with about never giving up. It is a realistic fiction action book that takes place in modern day times in Arizona. The main character, Kamran Smith is a teen who has it all. He is the star running back at his school, has lots of friends and a girlfriend, an incoming scholarship to college, and he just got free super bowl tickets. Then everything changes when news reports surface that his older brother Darius, a loyal soldier for the the US army in ...more
Diego C
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Code of honor was for sure one of the greatest novels I have ever read in my entire life, it could not have been any better. This book is about Kamaran Smith the Football athlete, and homecoming king. At first things are going great for him like getting Super Bowl tickets, becoming homecoming king and then you cannot forget the great relationship with his girlfriend, Julia Gary; when all of a sudden things went downhill and fast, first his brother then the DHS, CIA, and FBI then on top of all th ...more
Dalton Major
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Code of Honor is about Kamran Smith, he is the star of his high school football team. During the homecoming dance Kamran and his girlfriend Julia were announced Homecoming King and Queen. After the dance kamran found out something he never wanted to found out. His brother Darius has graduated form West Point and he is an Army Ranger. Darius and al-Qaeda has attacked the US embassy in Turkey. When he got home with his mom their house was surrounded by news people trying to ask them questions like ...more
Angel Gomez-Estrada
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I can’t believe how good Alan Gratz’s books are. “Code of Honor” is honestly one of the best books I have ever read alongside “Grenade” by Alan Gratz as well and they were both including combat, deaths, and blood. The details in the book paint a picture im my mind of what I’m reading throughout the whole book. I am actually getting addicted to reading Alan Gratz’s books they are so good that you can’t even imagine how good they are. In the book, the main character, Kamran, has a real ...more
Evan Lien
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, crime, audio, political, suspense, war, us
Didn't love the book, didn't hate the book. And that is probably the worst critisism you can give a book.

So Kamaran (probably spelt it wrong) finds out that his Brother has been responsible for a terrorist attack on american property in Turkey the night of the senior prom. And it highkey sucks. Mostly because everyone seems to treat him differently, like they're expecting him to go Jihad on the entire school. And apparantly the DHS thinks so too, because they kidnap him and his parents from his
Noah Rausch
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Code of Honor is probably the best book I've read in the past two years. It was published in 2015 by Alan Gratz, an author known for his books targeted at a young adult audience. He's wrote all 14 of his books in the past 12 years, so not all of them are very deep and mostly meant for entertainment value. They mostly focus on war and sports. Code of Honor is a fictional adventurous story about Kamran Smith and his fight to prove his brother's innocence in terrorist activities.
His brother, Darius
Erin Cataldi
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Totally unbelievable, but 100% enjoyable and fast paced. I can definitely see this book being popular with teens. Kamran has it all, he's a a football star, homecoming king, and has a smoking hot girlfriend. But that all comes crashing down when his older brother joins up with terrorists. He had been in the military but suddenly he's on the news making demands, condemning the US, and standing by while an innocent journalist is beheaded. Everyone writes him off, except for his brother. Kamran is ...more
Gabriel Escobedo
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Terry Maguire
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of Alan Gratz won't be disappointed with this fast-paced, adrenalin-pumping novel about Kamran Smith, a senior at a school in Phoenix Arizona, whose brother Darius is accused of being an Army Ranger who has turned against the United States and joined Al Queda. The novel highlights issues of fear-based discrimination, identity, and finding the courage to show your loyalty to people you believe in even when that comes at a high personal cost. This novel doesn't have the depth of Refugee (also ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Code of Honor" by Alan Gratz, is an amazing and suspenseful book. Kamran's life was perfect, he was dating the most popular girl in school, he's one of the best players on his football team, and he was about to join his big brother Darius in the army. All of this changes when Darius is being accused as a terrorist against his country, Kamran is defending him and everyone down to his closest friends are turning against him, thinking he is also a terrorist. It is now Kamran's job to prove Darius ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is just so unbelievable from the very beginning. Yes, it’s a work of fiction. Yes, that means liberties can be taken. But there are so many inaccuracies it leaves one’s head scratching.

The way the media is handled on all fronts is inaccurate.

Kamran’s miraculous escape??

The misinterpretation of the Green Day song “Time of our Life”

The waste of 50 pages on what could the clue “football bomb” mean...sheesh

Kamran’s anger...and him thinking he’s big when he’s 5’8 and 150lbs. That had me d
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan
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“today’s al-Qaeda attack on the US embassy in Turkey.” My mother sobbed once, and my father closed his eyes. I shook my head, silently pleading with Darius not to say this. Not to do this. But he kept going. “I was once asked to commit atrocities against the Muslim people by the United States government,” Darius said, reading from a piece of paper. “I now choose to lead those same innocent victims in the fight against American tyranny. Today’s strike on the US embassy is merely the first in a series of planned attacks against the United States to” 0 likes
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