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May 1, 2008

Alex Rider Eagle Strike #4

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Alex Rider Eagle Strike #4

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Page Length: 322

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Alex Rider, a fourteen year old English young man, is on vacation with his girlfriend, Sabina, and her parents. Suddenly, he notices a man from his past. Driven by his desire for revenge and his instincts, he pursues the man (Yassen Gregorovich) whom he knows is a hired killer. Deciding that he has no business getting involved, Alex heads back to the family house only to discover that a terrible “accident” has taken place.

Before long, Alex becomes entangled in web of deceit and treachery. After being captured, he must fight for his life in a bull ring. M16, the English equivalent of an FBI unit, wants Alex’s help again. Sabina doesn’t believe anything Alex says; and Alex has discovered a secret that no one will believe. A wealthy, influential rock star appears to be involved. With no one to turn to but Jack, his guardian, Alex has no decision but to pursue Damian Cray (wealthy rock star) himself.

His adventures bring him face to face with danger. Realistic video games threaten his survival. Alex will have to rely on all of his training. Can he stop Damian Cray’s play for world domination?  Can he protect the ones he loves and save the world from despair?

A riveting conclusion aboard Air Force One and a confession from Yassen will have the reader yearning to discover even more about Alex Rider.

REVIEW: I really enjoyed reading this book! Horowitz delivers a well developed plot, characters that are easy to connect to, and enough suspense to keep the reader interested. The read is quick and the action excellent. This book would be an excellent classroom read; I think that the students would be keenly interested in the events and that reading it with audio accompaniment would only add to the experience.

A riveting conclusion aboard Air Force One and a confession from Yassen will have the reader yearning to discover even more about Alex Rider. Most kids will want to read another Alex Rider book. He’s James Bond for the teenage generation with more modern technological thrills! Highly recommended!

AREAS FOR TEACHING: summarization, compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence of events, predictions

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: violence – bombing, kidnapping, threats of bodily injury, death, assassins, lunatic madmen wreaking havoc on the world with no concern for others

RELATED BOOKS: Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Scorpia

RELATED MOVIES: Alex Rider Operation Stormbreaker

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.kidsreads.com/reviews/0399239790-excerpt.asp

http://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/Literature/Eagle-Strike-231795.html

http://eaglestrike.scikids.com/

http://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/

http://people.howstuffworks.com/air-force-one.htm

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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