Student-Led Book Club Review: Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Student-Led Book Club Review: Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Student-Led Book Club Review

Code of Honor By Alan Gratz

I had a very enthusastiac group of 6th graders read Code of Honor for their book club book. This is our discussion after reading the book. There may be spoilers mixed throughout our discussion, so readers beware!

(You can read more about how I conduct student-led book clubs in my classroom here.)


From the acclaimed of author of Prisoner B-3087, a timely, heart-racing action-adventure about the War on Terror — and the bond between brothers.

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 enlist in 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? –Amazon

Overall Review

J: I give it a 5 star because its a good mystery book for understanding people in hard situations because this is a really hard situation for this brother.

L: I gave it a 4 because I like a lot of intensity in my books

C: I gave it a 4 because some parts were hard to get through.

J: Yeah, I had to reread some of the parts.

Memorable Moments

L: Whenever there was a lot of action-when he was breaking out of the irrigation building.

J: Yeah that and whenever the team kind of basically made him get through it all and I thought he was just so lucky but it was really most of them.

C: My favorite was when they were on top of the boxes. My brother got a hold of the book and he loved that part.

J: The part where they are in the stage stadium thing and he taps on the ground.

L: I liked the prologue thing, the flash forward.

Other Books by Alan Gratz

We are planning on reading Refugee together as our next book club.


L: I would give it to someone who doesn’t normally read a mystery, because I know I wouldn’t have picked it up.

J: It didn’t even feel like a mystery.

C Adventure- people who like action or suspense, it had a lot of suspense in there.

J: I think almost every time I read the first sentence of the next page.

L: I did that!

This group was full of laughter and great insight into a wonderful book. Have you read it? Share your thoughts below!

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