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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Book Review: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

In keeping with the week's theme, I thought I'd post a review of my favorite teen boy series, Alex Rider.

Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker. New York: Penguin, 2000.

"The police said he wasn't wearing his seat belt." Alex turned to look at Jack.

She nodded. "Yeah. That's what they said."

"Doesn't that seem strange to you? You know how careful he was. He always wore his seat belt. He wouldn't even drive me around the corner without making me put mine on."

Jack thought for a moment, then shrugged. "Yeah, it is strange," she said. "But that must have been the way it was. Why would the police have lied?"

Alex's uncle Ian was killed in a freak car accident. Or at least that's what he's been told.

But if it was a car accident, why are there bulletholes on the side of the car?

Before he knows it, Alex is swept up in his uncle's world of secrets and espionage.

This series defines the term "action-packed." The pages just fly by. By the third chapter, you're trapped in a car that's about to be crushed into a cube. Phenomenal. It's sort of like a teenage James Bond.

Now, probably some of you are thinking, "Yeah, I saw the movie...not impressed." This is a perfect example of when the book is better than the movie. Don't let the movie stop you from reading this incredible, incredible book.

This is perfect for every single teenage boy out there. Reluctant readers, voracious readers, all of them. There are eight books in all, so it's a fantastic series to get them started on.

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