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Must read for all kids... like watching Bond films was for us middle-aged parents
on 5 November 2015
Alex Rider is a stunning bookset and a must read for every child growing up. My sophisticated 11-year-old is a perfect target market, but I read also to my sensitive 9-year-old and despite being occasionally scared, she really enjoyed it. Lots of people die, often grotesquely, but Anthony Horowitz is sensitive to the target audience and doesn't labour the gore unnecessarily.
I particularly like how as little as possible is invented -- with lots of true information about modern history, culture, geography, statistics etc into the storytime. Snakehead, for example, deals very well with the realities of people smuggling.
I recommend reading these books in order, but it's not essential. Early on in each book, Anthony Horowitz summarises the relevant bits from the previous books. Like Bond stories, the basic plotline is identical in each book, but the relationships develop sequentially.
Personally, I think this blows Harry Potter and Percy Jackson out of the water. My daughter preferred Percy Jackson. There were many times where I was unable to read because I had a lump in my throat and needed to regain composure, as Alex's emotions (especially to loss of loved ones) is done well.