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A Fantastic Sequel to Storm Breaker
on 6 March 2013
I am reading the Alex Rider series with a boy at school who has a high level of comprehension but needs practice with fluency. Up until we discovered these books he was 'bored' by reading, but Anthony Horowitz has turned all that round and he is now eating up these novels. He finished the first in the series last week and has now started on this, the sequel. I am delighted both with him, and with the books. Horowitz has found the key. He writes fast paced, adventurous books which skip a lot of the detail that children struggle with. Each chapter is pithy and concise and exciting, and there is plenty of action right from the get go. In fact, this book has a much, much more gripping start that Storm Breaker and the opening sequence is fantastic fun. I highly recommend these for children aged about ten and up, particularly boys who may be otherwise struggling with literacy, although girls who like a good adventure story would be sorry to miss these. The content is quite graphic and the adventures quite blood thirsty, so if you're going to offer them to a younger age group you need to be sure they can handle the material.