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Alibi Junior High Hardcover – June 23, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141697959X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I am 13 years old and is absolutely loved this book.
Nick
I just finished reading Greg Logsted's Alibi Junior High in a single sitting.
Mel Odom
It caught my interest from the first page and kept me reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Greg Logsted's Alibi Junior High in a single sitting. Thankfully the family had other things to do for a while because the author nailed me to the pages with his premise and with the fantastic pacing of this young adult novel. I wasn't tempted even once to get up and go do something else. Logsted starts his spell on page one, and readers will have to stay with him to see what ultimately happens to Cody Saron, the thirteen year old professional spy.

Admittedly, I had to check my willing suspension of disbelief at the door. But I do the same thing for any fantasy novel I read. Thirteen year old spies? Then I thought about Uganda and other places around the globe where children are given assault rifles and get drafted into military maneuvers.

I love the Alex Rider series as well, but those books seem like a fantasy story compared to Logsted's sharp-edged view of the espionage world. Cody's story could actually happen the way the author describes it, and I felt a little uncomfortable with that as much as it excited me.

For all of Cody's life, he's faced constant danger and the threat of death. He's comfortable with those things. It's the idea of junior high and all the new social pecking order stuff he has to learn that really throws him off his stride. I enjoyed the confrontations he has with his teachers and the principal a lot, and ended up laughing out loud at his one-liners and sarcastic wit. This is a hero that smart, aggressive pre-teens can root for. Better than that, they can totally understand Cody's dislike of the public school system.

I do, however, wish Cody would have found that one teacher that truly "got" him. Most junior high kids do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick on April 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am 13 years old and is absolutely loved this book. I was so sad when I found out that there wasn't a second book. I don't want to spoil the story, but if your a kid between the ages of 12 and 14 and you like crime/war books, this is the book for you! Lots of mystery and trouble. This one is amazing.
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By Becky Levine on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Alibi Junior High at the library, because the cover and the blurb made it sound fun. This book is much more than fun. Cody has spent his entire 13 years of life as an operative for the CIA, working as part of a team with his dad. Then, when his dad is in danger, Cody is dropped with his aunt and--without any preparation-into 8th grade at the local school. All of this makes the book sound like it'll be straight comedy or an Alex-Ryder type book. None of which it is. Cody has suffered serious trauma before the book opens, and--after that event--is separated abruptly and immediately from his father. Logsted doesn't treat this trauma or the emotional aftermath's lightly (nor does he play it with too heavy a hand). The junior high antics that drive Cody nearly nuts are not that new, but Cody's reaction to them feels on target FOR WHO HE IS--a kid who really hasn't dealt with any of this and who--and this is the important part--is not in any mood to deal with them now, not the way the kids or the teachers or the admistration demands or expects. Or, frankly, the reader. Add Andy, a neighbor recently sent home, armless, from Iraq (and another character written beautifully)--and the danger Cody senses is given validity by someone else who would know, feeling real, present, and worrisome.

A great read for any sharp, interested, middle-grade reader...and anyone else.
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