Move over Dad, there is a new detective in town! James Patterson’s Ali Cross, published on November 25th, 2019, is the first book in an “Alex Cross‘ spin-off, a new mystery/thriller series for kids! This young adult series features Alex Cross’s son ‘Ali’ who has always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a detective.
Ten-year-old Ali may be the youngest of the Cross children but he is wise beyond his years. Kids ages 09 to 12 will likely enjoy Ali Cross the most, however, Alex Cross fans of ALL ages might want to read this series just as much. I know I can’t wait to see what comes next!
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Q & A
- Is Ali Cross a book for kids? Yes, it is recommended for ages 9-12 but don’t let that stop you. : ) Ali Cross is Alex Cross’s 10-year-old son.
- Do I need to read the Alex Cross Series before reading Ali Cross? No, Ali Cross can be read on its own, however, it wouldn’t hurt. Also, keep in mind Ali Cross is a book recommended for ages 9-12 and these kids are probably not reading the Alex Cross series just yet.
- How many Ali Cross books are there? As of right now, there is just the one, however, I have a sneaky suspicion and very high hopes that Ali Cross will continue.
- What sort of message does Ali Cross send to kids? Ali Cross is filled with messages of love, family, friends, loyalty, and kindness.
Who is Ali Cross?
Alex Cross Jr. (Ali) was nicknamed for the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. He lives in Washington D.C. with his family. The youngest of the Cross children has two older siblings, Damon and Jannelle ‘Jannie’, his step-mom Brianna Stone ‘Bree’ (also a detective), and his grandmother ‘Nana Mama’.
If you’ve read the Alex Cross series you probably remember that Ali’s mother, Christine Johnson, was the principal at Damon’s school before Ali was born. After her kidnapping and giving birth to Alex Jr. in captivity, she left Ali to be raised by his father Detective Alex Cross.
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Ali loves watching Law & Order and not that he is supposed to, he also reads about his dads’ cases online, He has always wanted to be a detective like his dad and now is his chance. Alis’ best friend Gabe Qualls has gone missing and everyone else seems to be too busy to do much about it. So he takes it upon himself to investigate the disappearance of his friend.
Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. While solving some of the nation’s most challenging crimes, his father always kept his head and did the right thing. Can Ali have the same strength and resolve?
When Ali’s best friend Gabe 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. But being a kid sleuth isn’t easy especially when your father warns you not to get involved! Ali soon learns that clues aren’t always what they seem. Will his detective work lead to a break in Gabe’s case or cause even more trouble for the Cross family?
I think kids that love a good mystery will really enjoy Ali Cross. The really cool part is that the parents who enjoyed the Alex Cross series now have something to share with the kids. The fact that you get a perspective from both, Alex Cross and Ali Cross is just incredibly awesome, read it together. Ali Cross was very well written, it won’t be an easy one to put down. Thanks for visiting, leave your questions and comments below and as always, Happy Reading!