Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (WalkerBooks, 2000) is a story of a 14-year-old boy whose only family member, Ian Rider, dies in a suspicious car accident. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in brutal training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multibillionaire Herod Sayle is producing his innovative Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free computer to every school in the country – but Alex soon realizes that there is more to that than a seemingly generous gift. (Tyler in grade eight)
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books, n.d.) is the story of 14-year old Alex Rider who is a spy. The story starts off when Alex tells his life story to his class. He tells how he has no mother or father. He has only one blood relative, his uncle Ian who works in a bank. Shortly thereafter, Ian dies in a car accident. Suspicious, Alex decides to find out the truth. It turns out that the bank where Ian worked is actually a spying operation team, M16, which decides to send Alex to a military training camp where he is given all sorts of gadgets. Alex’s first mission is to find more information about a computer called the Stormbreaker. Alex discovers that the creator of Stormbreaker plans to infect millions of British kids with a deadly virus because he was made fun of him when he was a child in school. Alex has to stop this. He guns him down.
This book has a lot of suspense. Even though I read the graphic novel version, I recommend reading the actually novel because I think it will have even more details. (Kelvin in grade eight)
Point Blanc (Point Blank in the U.S.)
Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz (WalkerBooks, 2001) is the story of fourteen-year-old super spy, Alex Rider. This time his mission is against a South African maniac, Dr. Grief, and his second-in-command, Mrs. Stellenbosch, who runs a school high up in the French Alps for trouble-making teenagers. After being forced into the school, Alex soon realizes that there is more going on than taming teenagers. After going out of bounds, Alex finds a classified device that could change the world forever.Can Alex stop the madness, or will this madman ruin the world forever? (Tyler in grade eight)
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books, n.d.) kicks off when fourteen-year-old Alex discovers a living drug factory inside a boat owned by two drug dealers. He decides to mess with it and ends up severely injuring the two men. M16 takes charge and decides to send Alex on a mission as punishment, a mission to find out why some billionaires have died. Alex has to go to a very rich school at the top of a snowy mountain. The private school, Point Blanc, is owned and run by a wealthy but evil-minded doctor, and Alex soon gets into trouble. What happens next? Well, I can’t tell you. I’m not here to tell you the entire story. You’ll have to find out yourself. I recommend this book to anyone around Alex’s age. (Kelvin in grade eight)
In Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz, Sir Damian Cray is the world’s most loved and respected pop star. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it is the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the lovable man everybody adores, lies a messed-up control freak, ready to destroy and kill just for his beliefs.Where in the past, Alex has always had the government on his side, this time he is on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is an out of control madman? (Tyler in grade eight)
Alex Rider in Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz (Penguin, 2006), is a teen spy who finds out the truth about the father he has never known. Alex’s world shatters. Has his own father been working as an assassin for the most lethal gang in the world? When Alex joins Scorpia, he feels he has made the right decision until he finds out about ‘Invisible Sword.’ Will Alex betray his father’s people to prevent this massive manslaughter? Will Scorpia prove that the terror cannot be stopped? Read this astonishing novel of adventure and agility to find out!
What images are especially vivid in my mind after reading this novel? There are many memorable scenes. I recall a fourteen-year-old boy dodging knives and gunfire. I remember people shattering and gasping for air. I tremble when I think of a children dying in the streets. I feel sorrow when a kid my age gets shot at the end of the story. All these images and emotions are part of my memory of this outstanding novel about a teen spy saving the world! (Tyler in grade eight)
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz (WalkerBooks, 2007) is the story of Alex Rider who crash lands off the coast of Australia, where the Australian Secret Service recruits him to infiltrate one of the ruthless gangs operating across southeast Asia. Known as Snakeheads, the gangs smuggle drugs, weapons, and worst of all, people. Alex accepts the assignment, in part for the chance to work with Ash, once his father’s best friend and now a secret agent with the key to unlock Alex’s past. What he uncovers, however, is a secret that will make this his darkest and most dangerous mission. (Tyler in grade eight)
Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz (WalkerBooks, 2000) is about a con artist who realizes there is big money in charity, so he is planning a big disaster. The greater the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he intends to produce: the biggest disaster known to man. By using genetically modified foods, he plans to release a virus so compelling it can knock out an entire country. But Alex Rider will do whatever it takes dodge gunfire, explosions, and even battles against mercenaries to bring down his most dangerous foe yet. (Tyler in grade eight)