Bulldog Library

Stormbreaker

on February 4, 2013

YA F Horowitz    •    AR Reading Level: 5.1    •    AR Points: 7.0    •   Quiz #50390

Jacket.aspxWhen Alex Ryder is told that his uncle was killed in a car crash, Alex become suspicious that his uncle’s death might not have been an accident.  Upon investigation, Alex finds that his suspicions are correct.  Bullet holes in his uncle’s car prove that his uncle was indeed murdered.  Alex soon finds out that his uncle was not a banker as he had always been told, but rather an international spy working for a secret government organization.  Now this secret government organization needs Alex Ryder’s help to finish the job that his uncle started and to find the secret of the Stormbreaker computers before they are delivered to school throughout England.

Stormbreaker is an action-packed thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.  Filled with danger and intrigue, readers will not want to put this book down.  Readers must beware: this is a spy thriller and does contain violence.  Several minor characters are killed and there are several attempts on Ales Ryder’s life as well.  While readers should consider this before they begin this series, this violence is not gratuitous or particularly gory and it does serve to create an exciting story.  This is the first in the Alex Ryder series which includes other titles like Point Blank,  and Scorpia. 

Genre: Spy Thriller  •  Interest Level: grades 6 & up

Horowitz, A. (2001). Stormbreaker. New York : Philomel Books.

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