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Ali Cross (Ali Cross, 1) by James Patterson
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Ali Cross (Ali Cross, 1) (edition 2020)

by James Patterson (Author)

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Ali Cross is determined to follow in the footsteps of his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. When Ali's best friend Gabe goes missing, Ali knows that with every passing day, the less likely Gabe will be found. This is Ali's very first case. If he inherited any of his dad's detective skills, it's time for them to kick in!… (more)
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Title:Ali Cross (Ali Cross, 1)
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Ali Cross, Book2, Like Father Like Son, James Patterson. Author; Zeno Robinson, James Carr, Narrators.
Ali Cross likes to break the rules, especially when he thinks he is in his role as boy detective. Ali’s dad is Alex Cross, an African American hero cop, in Washington DC, and Ali wants to be just like him. Ali makes excuses for himself when he lies, but he still willfully disobeys his dad and his nanamama, his great grandmother, who takes care of him while his parents work. He often makes them worry more about his whereabouts than they should. Sometimes, he tells them he is one place, but is really in another.
When Ali’s friend Zoe’s mom, “DC”, a famous singer, is scheduled to perform locally at a music festival, he and his friends, Mateo, Ruby and Zoe, Gabe and Cedric, all intend to try to attend the concert. Ali lies to his nanamama, once again. She thinks he is working on a school project, but he has really sneaked off to the concert venue. While there, he hears a loud bang, and Ali knows a gun has been fired. He watches a lot of detective television shows. Zoe had walked away to find her mom. He thinks, where is she now? He worried so, because Ali really likes Zoe. Was she safe?
When Ali finds her, he sees she is wounded and possibly in shock. Ali thinks about what he has learned from some of the shows he has watched, and he uses his sweatshirt to bind her wounds to stem the bleeding. He is, once again, a hero, because he saved her life, but he is also in lots of trouble because now he has to tell his dad he lied to his nanamama again. Then, even worse, he has to tell his nanamama.
Using a theme that is similar to one used in book 1, of this series, the reader then learns that another friend of Ali’s has disappeared. After being released from the hospital, suddenly Zoe is gone. The friends reunite to investigate her disappearance and begin to search for clues.
They know that Zoe’s parents are divorced. Ali is also the only one who knows that her dad is homeless. Although he works, he can’t seem to earn enough money to provide a home for himself. Although sworn to secrecy, this time Ali does tell his friends and his father most of what he knows. He learned his lesson when his friend Gabe disappeared when they were in fourth grade. Keeping secrets was dangerous and upset friends and family. In the search for Zoe, Ali is once again placed in danger. A complicated and diabolical scheme is uncovered to blame Zoe’s mom’s ex-boyfriend for a crime he did not commit, but was staged to look that way. Her ex-boyfriend was not a very nice man.
The children believe that since the adults are doing nothing, they must help to stop the shootings. They stage a walk out to stop the shootings and control gun sales, but the author does not use that moment to address the code of silence which allows the perpetuation of a criminal culture, nor does he address where the guns come from. Finally, Zoe and others do not like cops. In general, the feeling is that cops do nothing but shoot black kids. Statistics are quoted that are inaccurate about the ratio of the number of blacks that are shot. This is not an idea that should be promoted in a middle grade book without an explanation of why they are sometimes shot more often. No mention is made of the fact that they often resist arrest. The number of kids shot is also related to the number of crimes committed more than to the color of the victim. Prejudice is promoted, in this book, when it is stated that white kids get everything as a simple fact. No reasons are given for why they might get more. In some cases, in those families, there are more two parent families. More are better educated. They do not quit school as often. They have better jobs because of that.
Also, teachers are portrayed as perfect and compassionate, but cops not so much, they are more imperfect. So, while the story flows smoothly and holds the interest of the young, is it teaching the right lesson to them? The series so far feels like a primer for the propaganda for the Democrat’s platform. Currently, they are not encouraging better behavior, but are dismissing criminal behavior by blaming others for it instead of the criminal. This is a middle grade novel, and when the author encourages poor examples of conduct and uses unfair comparisons, I believe he may only encourage more jealousy and rage, rather than better examples to follow in order to succeed. I am a bit concerned with the overall message of this middle grade series. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Jul 14, 2021 |
Ali Cross, Book 1, James Patterson, author; Zeno Robinson, Andre Blake, narrators
Ali Cross is the son of the well known detective, Alex Cross. His stepmother, Bree, is also with the police department. Ali wants very much to be a detective too…RIGHT NOW! However, although he is only 10 years old, he dismisses that pertinent fact. He and his siblings are pretty worried about their dad. He is facing a trial. During an investigation, someone became belligerent. Alex stepped out of his way and the man fell down the steps. He is unconscious still. If he dies, Alex Cross could be charged with murder! The prosecutor said the man did not fall down accidentally, but was pushed by Alex.
As the trial approaches, Ali had enough to worry about, but then, his friend Gabe Qualls disappears. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Ali does not think the police are doing enough to find him. Ali loves his dad, and his dad is a cop, but Ali doesn’t think he likes all cops. Neither do many of the people in The Washington DC area where Ali lives. They refuse to give evidence when questioned. This behavior is not helpful, but it is not stressed in the book, as it should be.
I found myself seriously questioning the parenting skills of Ali’s folks. Ali often bent the rules or outright disobeyed them. His dad punished him occasionally, but apparently the punishment was not long enough to seriously deter Ali from disobeying them. Ali was arrogant, and selfish at times, only thinking of what he was feeling and not about the danger he might be putting someone else in, because he didn’t listen. Still most of the time, his disobedience was related to helping others. Yet, how do you ignore the fact that he put himself and others in danger by simply doing what he, at 10, thought was best.
When Ali calls his friends, Ruby and Mateo, who are siblings, and Cedric who looks like Lebron James, to help him look for Gabe, they use the game called Outpost that they all played, in order to find him. Clues are definitely there. In the process, Ali discovers how dangerous secrets can be when he is framed for a robbery. He winds up disappointing, not only his friends, but also his dad because sometimes a secret is like a lie, and those you hide the truth from feel they can no longer trust you. On the other side of the coin, however, is the fact that Ali also winds up helping to find Gabe and to set him free from several bad influences. He becomes a hero in the process. The moral is that rules sometimes have to be broken, but great care should be taken when one breaks them.
I found serious fault in the books message about the police and one’s responsibility for one’s own behavior. While everyone does break a rule at some time, it is not up to others to pay for the mistakes or damages that the rule-breaking causes. Alex, a good cop, sums up criminality by blaming the police and excusing the criminal because the message is that the criminal is sometimes being treated too harshly by the system and the cops. The plight of the victims, though, is never even mentioned or considered. Since I define cops as the good guys, I believe the book fell a bit short of the mark by not reinforcing obeying the laws and respecting others, including the police.
The audio was read very well by the two readers. I had two young grandkids with me in the car who listened to the book, as well, and they really enjoyed it. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Jul 13, 2021 |
Probably my first book by Patterson--or shall I say, his ghostwriter?
Very predictable plot.
Ali is not a smart as Arty (Artemis Fowl).
For a series, it's not something I'd like to continue. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
Ali Cross wants to be just like his father, Alex Cross – a great detective. So when Ali’s friend Gabe goes missing, Ali immediately takes it upon himself to help crack the case.

It’s not that the police don’t seem to care, but at the same time they aren’t working fast enough for Ali’s liking. Ali gets his friends involved to help, even if it’s just by passing out flyers on the street and asking people in the surrounding neighborhoods if they’ve seen Gabe. Nothing, not even a suspension from school, will stop Ali from trying to find his friend. Meanwhile, at the same time, the Cross family is nervous about the upcoming trial for Alex Cross with the charges against him for “pushing” someone down the stairs while he was questioning the man.

The mystery around Gabe’s disappearance is one that is kind of hard to figure out. Did he run or was he kidnapped? Clues that Ali finds in his own investigation lead him to think that maybe Gabe left on his own or was forced to. After all, Gabe’s dad seems a little suspicious and maybe his appearance caused Gabe to run away due to abuse or something of the sort.

The story keeps you on your feet the entire time, not necessarily in the thriller sense, but in wanting to figure out what exactly happened to Gabe. What I really enjoyed is that you can see Ali’s emotions about everything that is going on, both with his missing friend and his dad’s upcoming trial… he’s taking on a lot emotionally for a middle school kid. He even gets so frustrated that he gets into a minor fight with another student at school (and to be fair, Ali was provoked). But really, when you’ve got this kind of stuff on your plate, who can blame you for blowing up a little?

This was a quick and interesting mystery novel by Patterson for the middle great/early young adult audience. Though I have never read any other book by James Patterson, I liked what he did here to create a spin-off of one of his most well-known mystery/crime series and gear it towards the younger audience. I can see the young fans of this book (possibly series?) wanting to read the Alex Cross books later on in their lives. I know I want to give them a shot now. ( )
  genieinanovel | Sep 15, 2020 |
Good Book but not what I expected ( )
  MustangGuy | Aug 22, 2020 |
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Ali Cross is determined to follow in the footsteps of his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. When Ali's best friend Gabe goes missing, Ali knows that with every passing day, the less likely Gabe will be found. This is Ali's very first case. If he inherited any of his dad's detective skills, it's time for them to kick in!

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