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September 23, 2008

Alex Rider Point Blank

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Alex Rider Point Blank

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Page Length: 274

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction, Action/Adventure         

PLOT SUMMARY: As Alex Rider returns to school he feels like an outsider.  He longs for another adventure as he just experienced with the M16 of England’s government.  He soon discovers that things are different at school, and attributes that to Skoda, a former student at his school, who is now dealing drugs to his friends.

Alex takes it upon himself to sabotage Skoda’s drug ring, by lifting a barge with a crane and placing it next to the police station.  His plan goes foul, when the crane breaks and the barge lands in the center of the city conference center.  Although Alex does manage to break up the drug ring, he finds himself in jail.

It is Mr. Blunt and Ms. Jones from the M16 who rescue Alex, but only so that he can help them investigate two recent deaths of wealthy Englishmen.  Alex is sent as a spy (he is only 14 years-old) to a very exclusive boarding school for boys who have been in trouble, either with the law, school, or drugs.  The basic thing all of the boys have in common is that their parents are very, very wealthy. 

In recent weeks, two of the former student’s fathers have died.  The M16 want Alex to learn what, if anything, the boarding school might have to do with the deaths.

 REVIEW: This is the second book of the Alex Rider Series and I am “hooked”.  In this book, Alex, demonstrates even more daring spy moves with little defense or aid.  Because of the high action and adventure, it is hard to put the book down. 

It is an easy fast read which will keep the reader turning one page after another.  I would use this series to help those who think they do not like to read develop leisure reading skills.  If students like spy movies such as the Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne, or James Bond series, I think they would like this book.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Sequence of Events, Compare/Contrast, Cause/Effect/, Conflict

RELATED BOOKS: Stormbreaker, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia

MOVIE, MUSIC, ART CONNECTIONS: “Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker” (2006), “Mission Impossible l, ll, and lll”, “The Bourne Identity” (2002), “The Bourne Supremacy” (2003), “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007)


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


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