Throwback Thursday: Code Orange

Throwback Thursday is a new feature at Reading Lark. We'll still be doing some Book Boyfriend posts and Book BFF posts on Thursdays as well, but the larks wanted a little variety on Thursdays. Throwback Thursday will allow us to celebrate some of the reads we loved way back when. . . 

Code Orange
By: Caroline B. Cooney
Release Date: 2005


I loved this book as a new release, and I've continued to talk it up to potential readers over the years. I think I most appreciated that it was a story that made the main character heroic because he was a smart kid who did his homework, and therefore knew stuff that most other didn't. Mitty is an ordinary kid who does ordinary things, and yet he manages to outwit the bad guys and make everything better. Don't we all want to do that?

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 of Advanced Bio, which would be unfortunate since Olivia’s in Advanced Bio. So he considers it good luck when he finds some old medical books in his family’s weekend house that focus on something he could write about. But when he discovers an old envelope with two scabs in one of the books, the report is no longer about the grade–it’s about life and death. His own.
This edge-of-your-seat thriller will leave you breathless.


  1. Good one! I really enjoyed this one when it came out. It's relatively short, too. I should talk this one up to my reluctant readers. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Annette! Yes, it's action-packed enough to keep a reluctant reader hooked. :)


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