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Crocodile Tears

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Alex Rider Series

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As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure. When Alex finds himself in great danger he turns to MI6 for protection. They are willing to help – but they want something in return. Alex is sent to spy on some GM crops where he comes across a villain with a deadly mission. When he knows Alex is on to him he tries everything to stop him. The question is, can Alex prevent him from wiping out an entire country with his deadly plot? There are lots of gadgets, as ever but you'll have to read the book to find out what they are!

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

  • Dylan Sweet,age 11 - 'This is the eighth book in the near ending series, and it is amazing.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Fisher, age 14 - 'I felt that this book had a slightly slower beginning, but this built up tension and made the book seem more mysterious.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'Unstoppable, fast-paced thriller...Anthony Horowitz is continuing to surprise and delight me.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Alex gets better and better with each mission. The excitement is building up to the series climax and I can’t wait to find out what happens.' Read full review >
  • William Longlands, age 11 - '10/10 - off to Kenya this time for Alex.' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'These books are just getting better and better.  As I was reading these books I was sitting on the edge my chair, wanting to read more because it was so exiting.' Read full review >
  • Emily Kinder, age 14 - 'Another rip roaring adventure from Alex, toying with death and performing miraculous last minute escapes. Highly original and with a clever plot, this is guarenteed to have you glued to the pages.' Read full review >
  • Jake Fletcher, age 14 - 'New Year’s Day, and Alex has already broken his New Year’s Resolution. He’s back as a spy, and things are going from bad to worse...an excellent book though, full of fights and action scenes.' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'Book number eight is the one where Alex eventually turns 15. This story was once again filled with danger for the teenage "James Bond" (although he hates being compared to him)!' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 13 - 'The sinister plot and the suspense makes this book a compelling read. The more you read, the more you want to read! You simply can't put down an Alex Rider book until you read every single word of it!!' Read full review >
  • Chloe Mcilroy, age 14 - 'Fast-paced and gripping - a little more gritty than past books but you won't be able to put it down!' Read full review >
  • Chloe Shortall - 'What started out as a trip to Scotland with Sabina and her family ends up with a flight to Kenya, where Alex has to save the world, again...Will he ever get back to school?' Read full review >

Synopsis

Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

In the eighth book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, Alex meets international do-gooder Desmond McCain. But a simple card game between them rapidly leads to a duel to the death - one that could result in the destruction of an entire country.

Targeted by a hitman and under threat of his past being exposed by the media, Alex reluctantly turns to MI6. But their help doesn't come cheap: they need Alex to spy on the activities at a GM crop plant. There he spots Desmond McCain, a high profile charity organiser, who realises that Alex is on to him and the real plans for the money he's raising. Kidnapped and whisked off to Africa, Alex learns the full horror of McCain's plot: to create an epic disaster that will kill millions. Forced to ask MI6 for protection, Alex finds himself being manipulated in a deadly game that could lead to the destruction of an entire East African country.

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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Format

Paperback
432 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

9781406360264

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