Alibi Junior High

Alibi Junior High

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by Greg Logsted
     
 

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Alias
for middle-grade readers!

Thirteen-year-old Cody Saron speaks five languages and has traveled to every corner of the globe with his father, an undercover CIA agent. Cody knows how to pick a lock or follow a trail, but he has no idea how to fit in with regular kids, or how to make it through a day of junior high. When the danger

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Alias
for middle-grade readers!

Thirteen-year-old Cody Saron speaks five languages and has traveled to every corner of the globe with his father, an undercover CIA agent. Cody knows how to pick a lock or follow a trail, but he has no idea how to fit in with regular kids, or how to make it through a day of junior high. When the danger surrounding Cody’s dad heats up, Cody is sent to stay with his aunt in her small Connecticut suburb and must adapt to this foreign world of normal life. Author Greg Logsted weaves humor and heart with thrilling action and unexpected twists in this original, quirky, fish-out-ofwater story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
How could junior high possibly be hard for a boy who has traveled the world with his father, an undercover CIA agent? Thirteen-year-old Cody Saron is multilingual, has two black belts in the arts of Tae Kwon Do and Ju Jitsu, and participated in covert operations internationally. When his father sends Cody to live with his aunt Jenny for protection from those who would do them harm, attending Junior High in the small Connecticut suburb should be a breeze, but how does a kid so fluent in languages and knowledge of protection and weapons fit in with other students? Cody does not fit in well at the outset and finds the dangers of international intrigue, which he experienced with his father, are not comparable to those of his new school. Who wears a suit and tie to school? Who can take out seven bullies by himself? Why do his teachers think he has an "attitude problem?" Cody fears that he can never live a normal life when strange events make it seem that his father's dangerous life threatens him and those he cares about, even in Connecticut. The author uses action and humor to keep the story fast-paced and gives the book a sense of immediacy with the first person narrative. The reader will both empathize with Cody in his dilemmas as he tries to find his place in the "normal" world, and laugh out loud at some of the absurdities he must face. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7

Cody Saron is a regular James Bond at the young age of 13. After exploring the world and fighting crime with his dad, an undercover CIA agent, he is sent to live with his aunt in Connecticut when things get a little too intense. For the first time in his life, he is attending a public junior high. Navigating the choppy social waters of school is far more difficult than all of the secret missions in Santiago. Logsted does a good job of combining crime-fighting action and middle-school angst with current issues. Cody befriends an older neighbor who has just returned from serving in the military and has lost an arm. Throughout the book, Cody has a feeling that he is being watched, and when his suspicions turn out to be true, he must rely on his years of defense training for help. He is a master at martial arts, and this skill makes for action-packed sequences. The secondary characters are a bit clichéd; the gym teacher is a complete blowhard, the assistant principal is wound too tight, and gangs of bullies attack the slow chubby kid. While not considered top-rate fiction, the story will hold the attention of reluctant readers.-Mairead McInnes, Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Growing up with a covert operative for a father, 13-year-old Cody Saron is prepared for almost anything that comes his way. Now living in a small Connecticut town after narrowly avoiding an assassin's bomb, Cody may not be so lucky in the halls of his new middle school. Instead of focusing on the rather standard "out of his element" plot, Logsted knows that the best way to draw readers in is with action, and the pages are packed with karate and midnight excursions. Cody has an older foil, Andy, a discharged Army Ranger who lost an arm in Iraq, and the two characters bond over post-traumatic dtress disorder and the challenges of adapting to civilian life. Highly educated and socially awkward, Cody has confrontations with his teachers that will resonate with readers of all backgrounds. A convoluted resolution is mostly lost in the action-packed conclusion, but with guns, kicks and silencers, it's not really important. Funny and fast paced, this fits right in with the beach-read crowd. (Fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416995081
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
784,301
File size:
234 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Greg Logsted
is the author of Something Happened and coauthor of “Fred,” the lead story in the Johnny Cash–theme anthology, Literary Cash. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut, with his novelist wife, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, and their daughter, Jackie.
Greg Logsted has lived in Connecticut his whole life. He occasionally escapes but always comes back. He suspects that strings are attached. When he’s not writing he’s climbing ladders, drinking coffee and turning night into day. He presently lives in Danbury with his wife Lauren Baratz-Logsted and their daughter Jackie.

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Alibi Junior High 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Cody doesn't know much about normal life. He's been living and traveling all over the world with his father, who works for the CIA. Together, they've formed a research team responsible for tracking the bad guys. But, someone's caught on. An explosion outside a café in France, where they barely escape with their lives, leaves the team shaken. Cody's father puts him on a plane and tells him to become invisible until he reaches his destination. Cody's headed somewhere safe from danger: his aunt's house. He's infiltrating junior high, where he must assume his most challenging role ever - himself. Cody's used to being home-schooled by his father, wearing suits every day, and defending himself against anyone who looks at him funny. Now he's dealing with school rules, clothes that are cool but don't feel right, and bullies plaguing him and his friend. Cody has a feeling that somewhere, someone is watching him. At night he takes sweeps of the house, only to find that his new friend's brother, who just came home from the war, does the same thing. Together, they keep tabs on the area. Is Cody paranoid? Has he finally found a place to call home or will someone make the family connection and come after him? Greg Logsted writes a quirky but lovable character who just wants to be himself. I liked the witty smart aleck personality of Cody. This book takes a spy and places him in the normal world - without a mission, making this a unique tale. As a sucker for spy novels, I hope this isn't the last I read about Cody Saron.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is so thrilling and action pack you just cant get enough. It keeps you wanting for more untill its over. I hope you like it as much as did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read it but it sounds good
Kristen Sellas More than 1 year ago
This book is soo amazing, i LOVE it
Lena Ford More than 1 year ago
To slow. the book didn' t have enogh action and the book took to long to get to the point. But the end was ok
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This book is an action packed book and is a great read. P.S you will not be able to put this book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever red. I wantbto read it again and again and again........ i finished it in 1 hour cause i couldnt put it down
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The book was really good and fast paced. Action at every turn! COOL BOOK!
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On page 98 not done but its cool
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Mimi Morrissey More than 1 year ago
I liked it alot! Ther was alot ove suprises i didnt want to put it down! Im am reading thes books to be on the battel of the books teem and i am glad they put this book on the list
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Just to begin I was reading this book early into the morning. It hooked me about halfway through and kept going. I thinkt hat people will like this and it's great for a rainy day to curl up with a blanket and chocolate chip cookies. It's light and funny but with some more serious parts here and there that don't ruin the humour of it all.
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i am like 1/4 into the book and it seems realyy cool