Day to Read Book Review, Kiddo Edition 2

Alex Rider Series, Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is a typical British teen. Ok, not so typical. He lives with his very wealthy uncle, Ian, an investment banker who travels very frequently, and an American nanny Jack Starbright. He knows martial arts, computer programming, and many extreme sports, all at the insistence of his uncle. He has also been exposed to the world through travels with his wealthy uncle. But his world comes crashing down one day when his uncle is killed in an automobile accident. His suspicions begin when upon returning from the funeral, his uncle’s office has been completely cleaned out. When he finally sees the car from the accident and finds it riddled with bullet holes, he realizes that his uncle’s life is not what it had seemed and that his life would never be the same.

Thus begins the Anthony Horowitz series Alex Rider. Child labor laws to the contrary, Alex is a spy with MI-6 in England. He is placed in assignments that only a child could pull off, such as a computer contest, a boarding school, or the stand-in child of other spies. He completes his assignment using his brains, athletic skills, and nifty gadgets from the workshop.

Sound familiar? It should. Many of the stories are similar to the Ian Fleming Bond series, complete with bad one liners, but minus the, um, feminine sidekicks. But they are well written, entertaining romps that older children, ages ten and up, will thoroughly enjoy.

There are currently seven books in the series, the latest, Snakehead, came out in November. (I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet as it is currently wrapped and under my tree, but I am looking forward to it.) These books are definitely for older kids. There is a level of tension and drama that a younger child, even if they are an advanced reader, probably cannot handle. There are a number of deaths in the stories and while the violence is fairly mild, it is there. For a younger tween, say between ten and twelve, you may want to read it for yourself first, but at least you’ll have fun doing it.

This series is great if for no other reason than it keeps tweeners interested in recreational reading. Such an adventure filled series is the perfect antidote to video games and television. For the tweener in your life who needs a nudge to keep reading, this is a great way to do it.

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6 responses to “Day to Read Book Review, Kiddo Edition 2

  1. It actually sounds interesting to me. 🙂

    Julie
    Using My Words

  2. mine is right in the middle of the harry potter series.

  3. I’ve always loved books written for children and read them occasionally even though I’m no longer in the classroom. My favorite tactic to encourage “reading for pleasure” was to read the first chapter of a “favorite” aloud and pass the book off to anyone who was interested to read the rest on their own. Often multiple copies of the book would show up in class the next day for sustained silent reading time, and each of those copies circulated for weeks. Of course, the next day I read the first chapter of another book aloud and repeated the process. Lots of teachers wondered how I could get kids to read both in class and out … but it was simple. Get them hooked and leave them hanging …

    I wish I’d had you as a resource back then! I would have printed and posted your reviews to entice my students to pick up these books for themselves. Thanks.
    Hugs and blessings,

  4. It does sound quite interesting …

  5. suchsimplepleasures

    i’m thinking…this might be a great book for my son. he loves those kinds of books…going to run to the bookstore. thanks for the recommendation!

  6. I could buy Alex books for my Alex!

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