Code of Honor

Code of Honor

by Alan Gratz


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Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to join the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. And then everything implodes. Darius is accused of being a terrorist. Kamran refuses to believe it, but the evidence is there -- Darius has been filmed making threats against his country, hinting at an upcoming deadly attack. Kamran's friends turn on him -- suddenly, in their eyes, he's a terrorist, too. Kamran knows it's up to him to clear his brother's name. In a race against time, Kamran must piece together a series of clues and codes that will lead him to Darius -- and the truth. But is it a truth Kamran is ready to face? And is he putting his own life at risk?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545695190
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 14,314
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at

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From CODE OF HONORThunder. No -- footsteps. Feet pounding down the hall. Someone was coming for me. Half-remembered childhood nightmares seized me, and I scrambled backward across the bed in a panic, trying to get away from Voldemort, the Joker, the aliens, the demons. I fell on the floor with a thump, the bed covers coming with me. My legs were tangled in them. I couldn't kick free. And then they were there. Dark shapes surged into my room, black on black silhouettes with hulking shoulders and big round eyes that flashed. My fear made me five again. I curled up against the side of the bed like I was playing Hide and Seek with my older brother, Darius, hoping he wouldn't see me. But the demons knew where I was. They homed in on me like guided missiles. Rough hands grabbed me. Hauled me to my feet. Threw me face first on the bed. Somewhere, remotely, I heard my mother scream, heard my father cry out. The demons had come for them too. "Mom! Dad!" I cried. I kicked and squirmed, trying to get away, but my arms were wrenched behind me and bound with a plastic zip-ties that cut into my wrists. The hands pulled me up again, and I read the words on one of my captors' uniforms:POLICEHOMELAND SECURITY Reality finally overrode my half-awake nightmares. "No. No! Darius is innocent!" I cried. "He's not a terrorist! You don't understand! They're making him do everything!" The DHS agents wrangled a thick bag over my head, and the already dark room went completely black. "No! Please! Don't!" I yelled. The black bag was close. Suffocating. My hot breath was damp on my face, and I started to panic. "You can't do this! I was born in America! I'm am American citizen!" The DHS agents ignored my protests. I kicked and thrashed as they dragged me from my room, down the hall, and out through the front door. A few days ago, all I had cared about was winning the Homecoming game. Getting into college. Going on a date with Julia Gary. Normal high school senior stuff. A few days ago, I had been king of the world. Now I was a prisoner of the United States of America.

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Code of Honor 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i can't believe that this book does not have a better review it is great and involves real events into a great story that involves terrorism, killing and tons of explosives !!!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I thought the book was good because it was very action pact with good characters. I also liked the plot of the story. It is about a kid named Kamran and his brother Darius who is accused of being a terrorist. Darius is seen in videos threatening the United States. Karman mom is from Iran. I thought the book did a good job with the idea of being accused of being a terrorist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
His world changed overnight. They arrived while he was sleeping. Throwing a bag over his head and dragging his body out the front door, Kamran tried to make sense on why Homeland Security was doing this to him. He was an American citizen afterall and this shouldn’t be happening to him. The story flashes back to Homecoming night, where Kamran is being crowned Homecoming King and his date Julia, is the Queen. A racial remark directed at Kamran, sparks a confrontation which lands the two boys in the office. Remarks like these are nothing new, he has heard these while growing up. Kamran remembers a pact that he made with his brother Darius, this Code of Honor, the two boys created bonded them. Kamran also feels he has this type of pact with his best friend, Adam. When mom arrives to pick Kamran up from the office, he notices that something is not right. His questions go unanswered as he leaves with her. Arriving home and watching his father stare blankly at the screen, Kamran sees an individual that looks familiar yet it can’t be. Confusion hits everyone in the room as a name is printed on the television screen. Neighbors and newspapers want answers as they ring their house. It appears that Darius was the one committing the act yet how can that be when he’s in the Army? What happened to his Oath to protect his country? Kamran’s desire to walk in Darius’ footsteps start to fade. The television videos images become clearer yet the truth of what is happening concerning his brother is hard for Kamran to accept. His brother cannot be a terrorist. He’s an American citizen just like Kamran. This was another fantastic novel by Alan. I have read a few of his other novels and they were also incredible. I really don’t want to say that much about this novel, as I’d hate to spoil it for anyone. I enjoyed reading about the characters thoughts and opinions and how views changed as the story played out. I enjoyed the shorts chapters and the intense writing. I was all over this novel: feeling all the powerful emotions and dynamic situations as they unfolded. I highly recommend this novel and I can’t wait to read another one of his masterpieces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character in the story is Kamran. He is a boy in high school that plays football. It was the homecoming game they had won but there was a Pac 12 college scouts there watching him. The book takes place at East Phoenix high school. Kamran was there homecoming king. He also go into a fight with one of the other guys that was there because he was calling him resist names and making fun of his older brother Darius. Darius is a special ops ranger. Then he found out that they think Darius attacked an army base. That’s all I’m saying I don’t want to spoil the book. I would really recommend this book it is very detailed. It also very interesting by telling about the war and all the training his brother when though. Also with the suspense in the book is tremendous. It is all suspense till the end of the book, I rate this book 4.5 out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true story about looking up to someone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard that it is a great book now to see for myself