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Maybe I should have said a prayer for my dad, too. Because I wasn’t the only one dealing with some heavy stuff that night. When I looked at the words on that paper, it was like they didn’t mean much. Not compared to being alone out there on the street, or kidnapped, or whatever else Gabe might have been going through. I will be the first to admit that my relationship with James Patterson books is hit and miss. However, with Alex Cross, I can usually get something great from the esteemed author. This branch-off into the world of young readers has worked well, with a strong narrative and short chapters to hold their attention. Poignant topics and writing that would connect with the younger crowd, Patterson does all he can to keep things ‘real’ and on point. While i do not read all of Patterson’s series, for adult or younger readers, this is one well worth my time and can be of particular interest to Alex Cross fans who need something lighter and shorter. I will keep my eyes peeled for more and nudge this series towards Neo soon!

Ali Cross Book Review | Common Sense Media Ali Cross Book Review | Common Sense Media

James Patterson expands the Alex Cross legacy in his new series, featuring Alex's son, Ali. This book is the first book in the series and it is such a welcome change. Ali is aspiring to be a detective like his dad, Alex Cross so you not only get the son's (Ali's) point of view, but the father's (Alex's) point of view as well. I shouldn’t have said that last part about doing good. Dad’s always reminding me, we have freedom of speech here, and freedom of the press, too. Just because a few reporters don’t know how to be professional, it doesn’t mean they’re all bad. They’re mostly good at their jobs. Just like cops. In fact, if anyone had asked me, I would have told them there was only one thing I wanted for Christmas that year. I wanted Gabe Qualls to be found. Alex’s son Ali may not be the most athletic in the family, but he is keen to follow in his Dad’s footsteps as a detective. What I really enjoyed about this novel was that it was a very believable and plausible mystery in which the adult (Alex Cross) also gets a POV and is involved in solving the mystery of Ali's missing friend and the string of break-and-enters in their neighbourhood (because if I'm being honest, most middle-grade mysteries are pretty far-fetched).

On November 25, 2019, James Patterson published Ali Cross, the first novel in the Ali Cross series. Patterson is passionate about children’s literacy, driven by the firm belief that “There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books”. I didn’t know if this was going to help, but I figured it couldn’t hurt. How often do you get the chance to send four hundred prayers someone’s way, all at once? My voice was kind of shaky, but I just kept talking. Ali, written by James Patterson as Alex Cross's youngest son, knows Gabe Quails better than anyone. So when his friend goes missing Ali jumps right into action. Being Alex Cross's son has taught him the skills he needs to solve the mystery. Intelligence, persistence, and logic. One rhing he didn't inherit? Patience. Because he knows that with every passing day, Gabe gone, the less likely it is he'll ever be found. AND...being Alex Cross's son, he refuses to accept those odd. This is a very good read. I like his touch of Ali. I remember a former book in which he finds out the problem with the numbers in the margins. Brilliant..... If you have read the other two books in this series, this book is a disappointment. There really wasn't a mystery to solve and it felt very rushed.

Ali Cross Series - James Patterson Book List Ali Cross Series - James Patterson Book List

With every day that passes Ali knows it’s less likely that Gabe will be found. What price will he have to pay to solve the mystery of his friend’s disappearance?When Ali sees a friend get hurt, he's the best person to find out who did it. Even if he's only a kid. When he finally gets to have his say, he knows this is his chance to try and heal at least a tiny bit of the hurt in his neighbourhood. I recently finished James Patterson’s latest Alex Cross novel, which saw an increase in Ali’s presence. It felt fitting to turn to this shorter piece to give Ali his time in the spotlight and to see if younger readers were getting the same intensity in their novels related to this DC family. Patterson does well to pull a new set of Cross fans in, setting a mystery with Ali in the middle. Ali Cross is a middle-schooler who has all the tools to live a 21st century life, including an online presence that keeps him in touch with his friends. However, he has Cross blood in his veins and if he is not going to excel in athletics like his siblings, he might as well take up sleuthing. The reader can see this throughout this piece, as Ali Cross comes into his own. He loves a good mystery and has the empathy to make his work mean something. Other characters help pave the way to a successful story, including Alex Cross, which enriches the entire reading experience. While it is hard to place this on the Alex Cross timeline of books, there is surely a little character development for Alex and Ali, though it might be in a vacuum and not entirely in line with the chronology of the larger Cross series (if that makes sense as I pen it now). The story was strong and helped introduce the reader to Ali Cross in such a way that readers will want to know more. With some eerie goings-on in the Alex Cross series and a few hints that Ali Cross has not tripped on his only mystery, Patterson keeps readers of all ages wondering what will come next in the Cross saga and how long until Ali takes over the spotlight, letting Alex relax and fade into the role of advisor, rather than ‘feet on the ground’ detective. Ali is smart, tenacious, and loyal. He doesn't always do what he's told (like when he sneaks out at night to save a friend, or gets on his PS4 when he's grounded, also to save a friend) but accepts the consequences when it catches up with him. There's a notably high trust level between Ali, his siblings, and their parents, and his father in particular is notable for being kind and positive even when it's a real struggle. Ali's friends are also very loyal -- and don't hesitate to let him know when he's made the wrong choice (or even the right one that still has bad repercussions). One kid commits burglaries because his father and brother threaten him. Gabe said, "I'm glad you didn't give up on me." I was standing there looking at Gabe grateful he was fine. This was a good mystery and with Big Alex and Little Ali and the other family members it made for quite a delightful story. Recommend.

ALI CROSS | Kirkus Reviews ALI CROSS | Kirkus Reviews

I know this is usually a prayer for kids everywhere, but if it’s okay, I’d like to pray for just one kid tonight,” I said. “A lot of you know Gabriel Qualls. He’s in my grade at Washington Latin. He doesn’t really come to church, but the point is, he’s been missing for three days.”

Language not really appropriate for children which is pretty funny since he starts out saying his friend and he used another word for “junk” in the beginning and then it just dissolves into the actual bad language and curse words. But I didn’t get to answer. Dad was already stepping in to take over. Which was just as well, because I was ready to go off on these people. Main character Ali aspires to be a member of the police force and is caught between the hurt and anger of his neighbourhood, and the good work he knows his detective father and his colleagues perform.

Ali Cross (Ali Cross, book 1) by James Patterson Ali Cross (Ali Cross, book 1) by James Patterson

Ali's detective work leads to his being held prisoner by a burglar who twists his arm and punches him. Ali's father, a famous detective, is under threat of prison and disgrace, and the whole family's under stress, because he's accused (falsely) of violence against the father of a murder suspect. Meanwhile, the man's in a coma and feelings run high. Ali sometimes loses control of his temper and punches his tormentor, for which he gets consequences (the tormentor, not so much). A kid has a violent father who threatens him, forces him to commit burglary, and assaults women (his wife and a cop) during the story. Guns are stolen in the course of a robbery and then returned. I expected this book to be more like the first but after the second turning more political it seems like this has just follows that trend. Disappointed to say the least. Alex Cross's son Ali is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective, but when his best friend goes missing, what price will he have to pay to solve the mystery?Want exclusive content, like free chapters, news, and sweepstakes? Register for the newsletter here! This book was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first two in the series. I feel like there wasn’t any closure to the story. Alex's son Ali is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective, but when his best friend goes missing, what price will he have to pay to solve the mystery? Kudos, Mr. Patterson, for another great piece in the Cross series. This one has remained solid and I do wish you would focus on those pieces that are stellar, rather than mass producing every idea brought to your feet, for money and acclaim. If you read the other two books then this is worth a rental, as in borrow from the library to save money. What makes the book interesting is you keep asking yourself as you read, why Ali, just why do you keep sneaking out the house at night knowing well your not suppose to do that.



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