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Anthony Horowitz. Stormbreaker (An Alex Rider Adventure)
Puffin  $8.99  ISBN 0-698-11934-7  192 pg.
Reviewed by Meghan, Age 14

Alex made his way around to the other side. And froze. Ian Rider hadn't died in any accident. What had killed him was plain to see-even to someone who had never seen such a thing before. A spray of bullets had caught the car full on the driver's side, shattering the front tire, smashing the windshield and side windows and punching into the side panels.

Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider has lived with his uncle since his parents died when he was little. Ian Rider is a mysterious man, very cautious, very careful. That's why Alex can't believe that his uncle was killed in an accident because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. The gunshots in his uncle's car confirm his suspicions. Confronting his uncle's employers suddenly thrust Alex headlong into the world of MI6 and espionage. A place he's very reluctant to be where the smallest mistake, could be his last.

Stormbreaker is a page-turner from beginning to end. Anthony Horowitz has created a gripping exciting novel that will appeal to both boys and girls. Stormbreaker is the first in a series of four books about Alex Rider. (Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike) Each novel leaves the readers screaming for more. Stormbreaker is an excellent story, one I thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend this book for girls and boys ages 10-17.

I'd give Stormbreaker four and a half out of five stars.

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