COONEY, Caroline B. Code orange. Random House, Delacorte. 192p. bibliog. c2005. 0-385-73259-7. $15.95. (Lib. bdg: 0-385-90277-8. $17.99.) JS
Happy-go-lucky Mitty, a junior at a Manhattan prep school, finds his comfortable world turned upside down when he starts to research smallpox for a biology report and is accidentally exposed to old smallpox scabs he finds stuck in an envelope in an old medical book. Suddenly, his research takes on a new urgency--will he come down with smallpox and inadvertently unleash the dreadful virus on the world once again? When he sends out inquires about his plight on the Internet, the response isn't quite what he expects. Terrorists kidnap him, eager to use small-pox for their own nefarious purposes, and it takes all of Mitty's cleverness to defeat them.
This thriller from the author of The Face on the Milk Carton and other novels for YAs incorporates lots of information on smallpox and its history, and readers will enjoy the suspense as Mitty first realizes his predicament and then must battle the terrorists. An intriguing topic, and an absorbing story. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
S--Recommended for senior high school students.