Code of Silence

Code of Silence
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March 20, 2012
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Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse. When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals---who may also be cops---Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice. Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous? The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.

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Honestly I haven't read too many Middle Grade books. So, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one. However, this book kind of falls right on the line between Middle Grade and Young Adult. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this book is. Here's why:

The book starts with a bang. The very first chapter is when the 'tragedy' happens and the three freshmen in the book have to decide what to do about it. Cooper, Hiro and Gordy witness a horrific crime, and leave the victim at the scene of the crime. They don't know what to do for fear if they tell the police, the men who committed the crime will come after them. Afterall, one of the men saw Cooper and threatened him if he told anyone! So, the three friends decide to keep a Code of Silence no matter what.

As the book goes on, the code of silence starts to wear on the group. As the police start zeroing in on a possible witness to the crime (Cooper left his backpack at the scene), the three of them find themselves digging deeper into lies and their friendship is tested.

The book is wonderfully written, and as the reader I completely understood why the three friends made the decisions they did. And I understood why/how those decisions effected their lives. Mr. Shoemaker does a wonderful job of conveying the thoughts, emotions, and consequences to actions of his characters. I had a hard time putting this book down once I got into it. I just needed to know what happens to all the characters in the book before I could sleep. I could not stop thinking about the characters and their well-being.

The friendship between Cooper, Hiro and Gordy was very strong. The three have been friends since they were younger and have a very tight bond. And even though Hiro wanted to go to the police immediately, she supported her friends the best she could and kept her code of silence, even though she didn't feel it was right.

The book is a great story to read for young teenagers and even tweens. It's a great book to read on friendship, and the consequences for lying and holding the truth from people, even if you're scared and feel it's the right thing to do.

Overall, I was extremely satisfied with the book! Well written, edge of your seat suspense. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for further books written by Tim Shoemaker!
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