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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  6,467 ratings  ·  764 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
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Delacorte Press
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Ian Comstock "Code Orange" is also used by hospitals to warn staff of:
1) Bomb threats
2) Mentally disturbed, possibly violent patients running around
3) Large-scale …more
"Code Orange" is also used by hospitals to warn staff of:
1) Bomb threats
2) Mentally disturbed, possibly violent patients running around
3) Large-scale disasters with heavy casualties (e.g., earthquakes, flood, wildfire)
4) Radiation or epidemic exposure
The scabs that Mitty found were samples from smallpox, if my memory serves me correctly, so the title could refer to the threat of biological warfare(less)

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Sonia Koehler
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kyle Miller
Jun 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Gwendolynn Sutherland
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's really great and I wish that there is more books like this! ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was probably the most boring book that I have read this year. The ending was super trash.
it had a BIG cliff hanger and i want know what will happen next.
Brody Phillips
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It was pretty good! Very exciting and can be hard to put down! It has that important feel to it.
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
May 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney was a very exciting book to read. Every part of the book has something to keep the reader´s interest. I believe Mitty is a brave teenager. Because even with having the mindset that he might end up contracting the smallpox, he never freaks out about it and doesn´t tell his family or friends about it.

Mitty Blake is a regular teenage boy who goes to a private school in Manhattan. While researching his disease, smallpox, for his Biology class,
Kevin Branco
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Sanjay Ragupathy
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, the book was good. It's got lots of factual information on smallpox. The main character's situation is fairly realistic. ...more
Caden Christesen
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Mitchell Blake inhales 100 year old smallpox dust, things in his life take a turn for the worse. In the realistic fiction book Code Orange, by Caroline B. Cloony, junior year high school boy Mitchell Blake (Mitty) accidentally inhales small pox scab dust. After a few days, Mitty worries he could infect the entire population of modern day New York. After emailing his worries to online forums, he finds out an email of his is forwarded to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). After that, peo ...more
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms. Feigen's English 9 Classes Feigen
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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
Feb 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
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)
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
Jabr Abu-Halimah
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This took way longer for me to read than I thought it would. The author was clearly trying to be “hip with the times”, but her attempts came off as cringey. I couldn’t really connect with many of the characters, especially Mitty. He seemed incredibly juvenile despite being a 16 year old boy. I get teenage boys can be pretty immature for the most part, but not like Mitty.
I bought this book around the time I was studying forensic biology. I’ve since switched to forensic computer science/ cyber se
Ms. Lawler
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, this book had all of my attention. Code Orange is smart, witty, riddled with suspense, and so, SO much fun to read (especially if you’re like me and find infectious and horrible diseases FASCINATING)! Mitty, the lovable, charismatic, high school slacker is plagued with the challenge of a lifetime. What begins as half-hearted research for a school biology paper evolves into a nearly “viral” dilemma, one that Mitty isn’t quite sure he (or the rest of New York City) will surv ...more
Cassidy Wharton
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Avery Engstrom
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.
Kelli Perry
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I liked the premise of the story, but I thought it got a little repetitive and predictable. I didn't find the characters believable either ... kid hates school, but appreciates and adores his parents (who only seem to see him on weekends). Same kid is attracted to class nerd ... who of course likes him too???? Kid is tracked down in NYC by terrorists, but gets into their car ... willingly???? meh ... waste of time ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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! ...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!"
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