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Ark Angel

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Alex Rider Series

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Ever since Anthony Horowitz introduced his boy hero Alex Rider in Stormbreaker he has had a series of sure fire winners on his hands. With the panache of James Bond restrained only by his age, Alex Rider acting as a spy for MI6 has out-smarted criminals across several continents. When Horowitz left him for dead at the end of Scorpia, fans howled for more. Here is Alex Rider again, and the new adventure with shows Rider has lost none of his appeal – and not just to boys either.

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 - 'Alex is becoming a skilled MI6 agent whether he wants to or not and this adventure is as action-packed and exciting as ever.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'Another intriguing Alex Rider.' Read full review >
  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'This is a really dramatic book and I thought it was one of the best so far.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Fisher, age 14 - 'In this book Alex ends up once again stopping criminal organisations, but this time he is in space! The fact that he is in space, in my opinion makes the book even more thrilling.' Read full review >
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'I really enjoyed this high-action and fast-paced novel. Teen readers will love this novel.' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'This mission is deadlier than ever before.  Alex meets a multi-billionaire’s son then his father - Nikolei Drevin invites Alex round.' Read full review >
  • Emily Kinder, age 14 - 'Teen spy Alex is once again thrown into the thrilling world of death and danger that normal people never see. Full of thrilling fight scenes and last minute escapes this is a book not to be missed.' Read full review >
  • William Longlands, age 11 - '5/5 - This series continues it's excellent form.' Read full review >
  • Jake Fletcher, age 14 - 'Alex Rider is back for his sixth mission. Five successes. This next mission will be out of this world! Will Alex come back down though? In Ark Angel, you won’t be disappointed.' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'Another great teenage spy adventure featuring Alex Rider. Who is the boy in room nine and how did he survive? I was really happy to find out that Alex hadn't been killed at the end of the last book!' Read full review >
  • Chloe Mcilroy, age 14 - 'Action-packed as usual - you won't be able to stop reading it!' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 13 - 'How will Alex get out of this mess? Excellent read!' Read full review >
  • Alex Faulkner, age 10 - 'Exciting, Thrilling, Amazing. Three words to describe Ark Angel.'  Read full review >

Synopsis

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

In the sixth book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex has a chance encounter with the son of multi-billionaire Nikolei Drevin. Soon Alex finds himself in the middle of an international crime hunt. The connection - Ark Angel, a revolutionary space hotel with catastrophic potential.

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
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

9781406360240

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