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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz


The Alex Rider Series
Anthony Horowitz

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240611-2 (0142406112)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240611-3 (9780142406113)
Publication Date: February 2006
List Price: $7.99

Review: At the beginning of Stormbreaker, Alex Rider wakes up to voices from downstairs. They are men who have come to tell him his uncle is dead. All seems to be normal- for a funeral- until a man named Alan Blunt talks with Alex about his future and his uncle’s job. His natural curiosity aroused by Blunt, he is determined to find out how his uncle died. While investigating his office he finds out that Ian Rider was not a banker- he was a spy. Alex is then recruited by M16, the spy agency Ian worked for. In a short while, Alex is sent to investigate Sayle Enterprises, a computer company with seemingly beneficial intentions to the world. While investigating he meets such personalities as Harold Sayle, the eccentric head of the company, Mr. Grin, an aide to Sayle, and Yassen Gregorovich, a Russian assassin who may or may not be connected to Ian Rider’s death.

This story as a whole was enjoyable, comparable to a more kid friendly Hunt for Red October or a James Bond spy thriller. Alex’s personality is very enveloping, and right after you’ve digested it, the rest of the book’s characters are introduced. The scenery is very detailed, containing such locations as a country town, a network of underground tunnels and a giant fish tank. This series is one of my favorites, and the first book is still the best in my mind. If you enjoy action books, this one is for you. If you like thrillers, this one is for you. If you like mysteries, this one is for you. I do recommend a 10+ age for reading this since it does have violence in it.

This book has been made into a movie and won the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award in 2004.

Review written by Andrew, Grade 7. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Anthony Horowitz introduces young Alex Rider, aged 14, in Stormbreaker. This is the first book in the Alex Rider fictional mystery series.

Alex Rider is suddenly orphaned when his uncle, Ian Rider, is shot and killed during a car chase. But Alex wonders, why kill a bank manager? He was soon to find out. His uncle was involved with a secret agency known as MI6, not a bank. He was there to solve crimes and mysteries all across the world. But this time it was Alex’s turn to solve a mystery. MI6 forced Alex to work for them to figure out just what Sayle Enterprises was hiding. They were giving away free computers, what was there to hide? Soon, Alex finds out the terrible truth of what’s really happening and the secret worth hiding at Sayle Enterprises. This book is best for young adults to adults looking for an enthralling mystery.

Stormbreaker seems to be an original idea thoroughly thought out by the author and presents a high suspense mystery during the entire story. The positive features of the book were when the book leaves you hanging, literally speaking when Alex is hanging from a flagpole fifteen floors above the ground. Another when Alex is trapped in a colossally sized fish tank that was being occupied by a Portuguese jellyfish that was equally colossal. Many of Stormbreaker's qualities have proven to be admirable, but I would have liked to have seen some more depth in the explanations and descriptions in the story. These minor negatives have not made me think differently of the book. I definitely think it’s well written.

The awards that Stormbreaker has won are the Stockport School’s Book Award, Red House Children’s Book Award, West Sussex Children’s book award, and the Angus Book Award. Stormbreaker was also made into a movie.

Review written by Casey, Grade 6. Date of review: October 2008.

Review: Alex Rider gets reborn by Anthony Horowitz in Stormbreaker, the first book of the Alex Rider adventure, mystery sires.

Alex is in for a big surprise when his uncle is suddenly killed in a car “accident.” Alex does not have any relatives left, and he is now orphaned. He wants to find the reason that his uncle is killed, and he wont stop till he does, but he might get more than he asked for. He soon finds out that his uncle worked for an undercover spy company called M16. Alex is now forced to work for them, and he is sent to Sayle Enterprises to keep an eye on some thing. Suddenly things start to get a little fishy, and Alex finds out the truth on the secret Stormbreakers, and he is not so sure what to do!

Stormbreaker is one of the few books I have read, that I have completely fallen in love with. It has lots of thrills, and lots of exciting moments that you can’t give a name to! For example, When Alex discovers the secret of the Stormbreaker, he gets thrown into a giant fish tank, and has to break the glass to survive! I highly recommend this book to all readers who are over the ages of ten, because of the violence.

This book was nominated for the Empire Award, it won the Sussex Award, the Angus Award, and was made into a movie.

Review written by Jessica, Grade 6. Date of review: October 2008.

Review: Stormbreaker, written by Anthony Horowitz, is about a young teenager named Alex Rider. This is the first book in what could be a very excellent series.

This story takes place in many different places in England such as Chelsea. Alex Rider is the main character and is the “good guy”. There are also some bad guys such as Mr. Grin Nadia Vole. The main bad guy Herod Sayle a multi-millionaire with a very good company. That isn’t exactly what it seems. Alex Rider is trying to find out what Sayle enterprise is really up to. He is sent in to do this at such a young age because without knowing it his uncle Ian Rider was a spy and was training Alex for this day all his life without Alex knowing it.

I thought this was a very interesting book. I’ve never read a book like it. It always keeps you on the edge of your seat like when Alex is hanging on a flag pole at the top of a very tall building about to fall when suddenly. That is an example of when the author kept you on the edge of your seat. It is full of action, and it was really hard to put the book down because you never know what is going to happen next. This book is good for young adults like middle and high school kids. It isn’t very appropriate for younger kids because there is a little too much violence because a lot of people die. I thought it was cool how in some points in the book it shows both Alex’s and the bad guys points of view. Also I like the surprise at the end of the book. I would definitely suggest this book.

This book won the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award in 2004.

Review written by Joey, Grade 6. Date of review: October 2008.