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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
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Feb 02, 2012

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bookshelves: juvenile, thriller
Read in January, 2012

After his uncle dies in a mysterious car accident, Alex Rider is dragged into an espionage adventure in which he must rely on his wits and skills to discover who was behind the murder.

I can see a lot of appeal in Alex Rider. He is extremely talented, physically fit and full of surprises, but Horowitz doesn't come out right away and explain how extraordinary Alex is. His choices and behavior reveal his hidden talents gradually. This Alex isn't perfect, however, and he's definitely not an adult spy; tweens will appreciate the mistakes he makes along the way in this adventure.

The third person perspective, action-filled scenes, and obvious comparisons to spy movies give the book a cinematic vibe perfect to hand the perpetual movie-watching tween during summer reading months.
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