By Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books)
Guest reviewed by Liam Renzon Age 11
Alex’s uncle suddenly and very suspiciously dies. Alex wants answers, so he embarks on a hunt for the murderer. His search is unexpectedly interrupted by none other then M16, the British Intelligence Agency, who recruit Alex to find a man called Herod Sayle who is developing a super computer called Stormbreaker, which will be sent to every school in England. Sayle is plotting to blow up every school child in London, and it’s Alex’s job to stop him. The book is full of suspense and excitement as you follow Alex’s adventures and how he narrowly escapes death. It’s a brilliant read, I read it in two days. I recommend it for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 17.
The Alex Rider books are a supremely successful spy series – children age 10 + love the mix of action and adventure, and the devil-may-care charm of a very worldly 15 year-old Alex. Detractors feel he is a bad role model as he is disrespectful of authority, has the negative attitude to school that most kids really do – and is arrogant. He also label drops constantly – Nike anyone? However you can’t ignore the fact that he speaks to the fantasy that boys in this age group have – independence, cool cars, hot clothes, good looks and the ability to face danger head on. Think a young James Bond and you’ve got Alex Rider. Give it a try.