Sunday, June 5, 2016
Code of Honor / Alan Gratz / 278 pages
Kamran is on the fast track to success. He is a star on the high school football team; is Homecoming King while his girlfriend in queen; is popular and has many friends; has been nominated to West Point; and plans to attend after graduation. His older brother, Darius, who also attended West Point, is an army ranger stationed in Afghanistan. The night of the big dance, Kamran's world implodes. His brother has appeared on an international news feed proclaiming himself a militant Muslim with Taliban ties and claims responsibility for a recent terrorist attack. His defection bleeds onto the entire family. Kamran refuses to believe his brother is capable of such duplicity. Using codes and stories from their childhood and displaying true heroism, he accomplishes the seemingly impossible.