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Author: Patterson, James
Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. When Ali's best friend Abraham is reported missing, Ali is desperate to find him. At the same time, a string of burglaries targets his neighborhood--and even his own house. With his father on trial for a crime he didn't commit, it's up to Ali to search for clues and find his friend. Will his detective work lead to a break in Abraham's case or cause even more trouble for the Cross family?
Ali Cross, Book 1
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 505370
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/19)
School Library Journal (11/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 Gr 5 Up—Ali Cross is the son of celebrated Washington, D.C. detective Alex Cross, and his dream is to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a great detective. When his friend Gabe goes missing, Ali sees it as his chance to help the police solve a real mystery. But tensions are high in his community after his dad is accused of hurting a suspect's family member, and Ali has to deal with bullies, reporters, and his own father's protectiveness in his quest to rescue his friend. Told in the alternating perspectives of Ali and Alex, this is a fresh look at the world of James Patterson's most famous protagonist through a middle grade lens. Though the message of police violence is simplistic compared to other offerings for the age group, this entry-level police procedural will be an exciting read. Patterson drops frequent references to other children's detective novels throughout, leaving a breadcrumb trail of recommendations. VERDICT Patterson blends the fun of James Ponti's "T.O.A.S.T." mysteries and Stuart Gibbs's "Spy School" with a bit of commentary about the complications of policing in the modern era. A good buy for any collection serving young Patterson fans and middle grade action/thriller audiences.—Madison Bishop, Plymouth Public Library, MA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.