Book 1: Alex Rider Series
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Lexile Level: 670L
Guided Reading: Z
My Recommended Age: 12 and Up

Recognizing that no modern day democracy would employ a teenage undercover spy, Stormbreaker, will make even the die-hard skeptics believe that sometimes a fourteen-year old boy is the best man for the job.

When the police told Alex Rider that his uncle (who is also his guardian) had been killed in a car accident, he knew they were lying. So he did what any teenager would do, he set off to find out the truth. The truth, however, has led him to the headquarters of the MI6, Britain's equivalent of the CIA. While there, he is reluctantly recruited for an undercover operation investigating new state of the art computers which will be given to all of the school children in the country.

Full of action and adventure, this first installment grabs the reader and doesn't let up until the last page. While it is definitely exciting, it is very violent, full of shootings, murders, chase scenes, and Alex is even drugged. Although there is no harsh language, there is mild cussing including profaning Deity.

That much being said, if you recognize that spy work is suspenseful and violent and then ONLY hand this book to those who can handle the content, they will LOVE it! My twelve year old son read this in a few hours and was ready to head to the library for the next six. I also enjoyed it, and can't wait to read the next.

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. We keep this series in the list of "it could never happen, but is sure fun to read about or watch." When all those crazy things happen to kids, yeah, it's like, no way! But it's fun when kids and their ideas/intelligence/talents all contribute to the resolution. We give this series a thumbs up.


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