Book review: Code of Honor, by Alan Gratz

Gratz, Alan. Code of honor. Scholastic Press, 2015. 278 pgs. $17.99. ISBN:978-0-545-69519-0. Gr. 7+.  P8 Q9+

Gratz Code of HonorHaving read other books by Alan Gratz I couldn’t wait to read this book. With attacks by Muslim terrorist in Paris and around the world, I found it ironic that the author had written this book when he did.  Kamryn Smith is in high school, he is a star football player and he and his girlfriend have been chosen the King and Queen of the dance that he is attending. Kamryn, his brother and father are Americans but their mother is a nationalized citizen of America, she was born and raised in Iran and she is also a Muslim. A fight breaks out at the dance when one of the boys calls Kamryn’s brother a traitor. Later when his mother picks him up and rushes him home he finds that there are news reporters gathering. At home he finds out that his brother has been part of a terrorist attack on an American embassy in Africa. The FBI and the CIA come into the house looking for anything that will help them capture his brother, Darius. Kamryn cannot believe that his brother is guilty so watching the television tape over and over he finds a clue to Darius innocence. The code of honor was not only a saying, it was what the two brothers lived by. When Kamryn and his family are spirited away one night, they are separated and interrogated separately in a facility deep underground. Kamryn discovers that there will be another terrorist attack at the Super Bowl game. He has to escape the facility where he is being held in order to prove his brother’s innocence and to stop the terrorist attack. This one of my favorite books this year. I loved how Gratz developed his plot and the many different plot twists in the story.

January 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.

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