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Ark Angel (Alex Rider)


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Anthony Horowitz is a popular and prolific children's writer, whose books now sell in more than a dozen countries around the world. He has won numerous prizes for his books which include "Point Blanc" (shortlisted for the 2001 Children's Book Award), "Skeleton Key" (Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award) and "Scorpia". Anthony also writes extensively for TV. He lives in north London.


Gr 5-10-In the sixth book (Philomel, 2006) of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, our teenage hero/spy faces Russian multibillionaire Nikolai Drevin. Recuperating from an assassin's bullet in London's St. Dominic's Hospital, Alex is mistaken by hired killers for Drevin's son. What follows is Alex's near death in an apartment complex fire and in a car race with Drevin, and a space fight in Ark Angel (the world's first space hotel, built by Drevin) with eco-terrorist Caspar (who wears the globe tattooed on his face). But who is Caspar (and his group, Force 3) really working for? Despite some suspensions of belief in the plot (such as Alex's space ride to Ark Angel), readers will be enthralled with this fast-paced story, the evil (and good) characters, and Alex Rider's amazing Bond-like exploits. Narrated in a crisp, superb style by veteran British actor Simon Prebble, listeners will enjoy Alex's exploits whether they are new to the series or have read the previous books.-Larry Cooperman, Seminole High School, Sanford, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

For fans of the Alex Rider series, Anthony Horowitz offers a nifty paper-over-board handbook, Alex Rider: The Gadgets, an overview of "all devices used by [the hero] on his first five missions." An opening memo from Alan Blunt expresses concern that these inventions from Scorpia could fall into the wrong hands, and with good reason-each gadget gets (at least) a spread with gatefold, showing precisely how each works, from the Cutter CD Player used to penetrate Point Blanc Academy to the Geiger Counter Games Console that the CIA gave to Alex for his trip to Cuba. This will serve as the perfect segue to Alex Rider's sixth assignment, Ark Angel, in which eco-terrorists target this titular hotel, the first luxury lodgings in outer space, as an environmental threat. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Anthony Horowitz is the lion of children's literature. * Michael Morpurgo, Children's Laureate *
The wit is effortlessly classy, the characterisation thoughtful, and the tension as taut as the simple yet ingenious devices. The fact that Horowitz has a child as his hero is an irrelevance in the excitement of re-encountering such a turbo-charged imagination. * The Times *
Teenage superspy versus eco-terrorists equals fast and tense action. * The Daily Express *
Will last forever as one of the children's classics of our age. * The Times *
The series that re-invented the spy genre... * Independent *

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