Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son (Ali Cross, 2)
Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son is the second book in the Ali Cross series, which is geared toward ten- to fourteen-year-olds. Ali is the young son of police officer Alex Cross. Ali and his friends are at his friend Zoe’s mom’s concert when Zoe leaves the group and says she’ll be right back. Time passes and Ali and his friends get worried about Zoe. All of a sudden there is a gunshot and Zoe’s friends find her with a bleeding wrist. She was shot! The book is about Ali trying to get to the bottom of what happened to Zoe. He knows she is keeping something from him.
Although I enjoyed the story, there were a lot of obvious political messages throughout. For example, Ali’s teacher starts a discussion about how Black people are not treated fairly and a student says that if a Black person is the victim in a case, the police don’t investigate it. Ali starts explaining that this is not true and the teacher quickly shuts the conversation down. I also noticed that instead of a person being homeless, the author used “a person was experiencing homelessness” instead. I had to roll my eyes at this new “politically correct” description.
|Little, Brown and Company
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|Mystery, Crime, Thriller