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Scorpia

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Alex Rider Series

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The fifth revelation-packed mission in the Alex Rider series. Still reeling from the terrible discovery he has made about his father, teenage MI6 superspy, Alex Rider, is determined to find out more. Travelling to Italy, he manages to infiltrate the glamorous world of Claudia Rothman, beautiful society hostess and member of the international criminal organisation, Scorpia. She reveals that Alex's father was murdered by MI6, in an operation masterminded by Head of Special Operations, Mrs Jones. Shocked and angry, Alex faces a choice: to continue to work with the British security services, or to become an agent for Scorpia, and get revenge.

Some of our readers, new to the Alex Rider series, put themselves forward to read and review all ten titles. Check out their reviews below and if you click on the link 'Read full review' you will be able to view the reviews for all 10 titles.

Reader Reviews

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'This is one of the best Alex Rider’s yet.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'This amazing book sums up the first half of the series...The Alex Rider series is still keeping me page turning long after bedtime.' Read full review >
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'I really enjoyed this novel, as I have with all previous novels in this series. The fast-paced and tension filled story will appeal to teenagers and any lovers of spy novels.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Fisher, age 14 - 'It is quite different to the previous books in the series, and starts to get darker as you learn more about Alex and his parents.' Read full review >
  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'Scorpia is by far one of the best books in the series.' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'This is Alex Rider’s 5th mission Scorpia.  In this book Alex discovers some secrets about his family’s past and Scorpia.  Will Alex work with Scorpia or will he stay loyal to MI6?' Read full review >
  • Chloe McIlroy, age 14 - 'Exciting, fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat! You won't be able to put it down!' Read full review >
  • Joseph Kinder, age 11 - 'this is the best book in the Alex Rider series...children over the age of ten will be intrigued by the idea of Alex being tempted by the enemy – it is a book that forces you to read on.' Read full review >
  • Jake Fletcher, age 14 - 'Sabotage. Corruption. Intelligence. Assassination. Did Alex Rider’s father really work for Scorpia? Alex needs to decide whether he’s a spy, or a criminal – just like his father? This book is a brilliant book.' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'The fifth book in the series and I think the best yet! There are certainly some shocks in this one. He questions who his father was. He goes in search of Scorpia to find out his destiny...Anthony Horowitz is an AMAZING writer. 10 out of 10 once again!' Read full review >
  • William Longlands, age 11 - '5/5.  Revelations about his father and a change of scene for Alex. Excellent as normal.' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 13 - 'Alex Rider in his most dangerous mission, venturing through the streets of Venice, hunting for the missing link to his past and his future.' Read full review >
  • Alex Faulkner, age 10 - 'The Alex Rider books just get better and better each time. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through...This book has lots of tension and action on every page.  I read it over and over again.' Read full review >
  • Luke Bauer, age 12 - 'Taking the advantage of going on a school summer trip to Venice, the last words of Yassen Gregorovitich echo in Alex's head. He is now betraying his friends by walking into the hands of the enemy...'  Read full review >

Synopsis

Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz

In the fifth book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex travels to Venice to discover the truth about his past. But the truth lies with a criminal organization known as Scorpia, and Alex must make a choice...work for MI6 once more, or betray everything he believes in.

The Alex Rider series has sold over 13 million copies in English and is published in over 28 languages.

The story of Alex Rider, reluctant teen spy in the order of his missions:

2. Point Blanc

5. Scorpia

8. Crocodile Tears

and Russian Roulette - The Alex Rider Prequel

For more news and chat visit the Alex Rider facebook page and find out more about the series and special Alex Rider events at www.alexrider.com

Reviews

The series that has re-invented the spy genre Independent

Anthony Horowitz is the lion of children's literature Michael Morpurgo

Explosive, thrilling, action-packed - Meet Alex Rider Guardian

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz discussed Russian Roulette in a special live event streamed into schools on Monday 16th June. For more information go to www.alexrider.com/horowtizlive or watch it on the window below.

Anthony Horowitz was our Guest Editor in June 2011 - click here to see the books he chose.

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with his highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk.

He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielson Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Anthony has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle’s War.

Anthony Horowitz as a child:
Born in north London, Anthony says, "I think I knew with certainty that I wanted to be a writer around eight." For birthdays, he asked for books, pens and a typewriter. His schooldays were not especially happy, more like something "out of Dickens or Dahl", and one reason he began writing books for young people was "to make up for the shortcomings of my childhood".

As an adult:
Anthony has an unrivalled reputation for getting boys, especially reluctant readers, into books. In 2007, Anthony was singled out by then Education Secretary Alan Johnson as the not-so-secret weapon to get boys reading. In 2008, Anthony was made the National Year of Reading’s first Champion Author due to his regular outreach work to Youth Offenders and Looked After Children throughout the UK.

Things you didn't know about Anthony Horowitz:
1. Anthony began writing because he wanted to be like Tintin.
2. He has travelled to all the places in the Tintin books (except the moon).
3. Snatchmore Hall (in The Switch) is based on the house where Anthony lived as a child. He had a nanny, two cooks, two gardens, a chauffeur … and he hated it.
4. He was sent to a revolting boarding school, Orley Farm, in north London. The headmaster and his wife featured by name in one of his TV episodes. He depicted them as mad Nazis!
5. He takes research for his books very seriously. He has walked across the Andes and visited forbidden criminal enclaves in Hong Kong. For Point Blanc, he climbed – and operated – a 150m crane opposite the Houses of Parliament.
6. He got married in Hong Kong. He didn’t understand the ceremony because it was in Chinese.
7. He spent a year working as a cowboy in Australia. This was for fun – not for a book.
8. His passion is scuba-diving. He has dived all over the world, including Sipadan in the South China Sea, where he saw hammerhead sharks.
9. He has a chocolate-coloured Labrador called Lucky. Lucky by name, but not by nature – the dog has been run over three times!
10. He is a major film fan and goes to the cinema three or four times a week. His favourite film is The Third Man. He is also a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s mysteries.

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Paperback
384 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Anthony Horowitz
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Author's Website

www.anthonyhorowitz.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd April 2015

ISBN

9781406360233

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