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Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

Written by Anthony Horowitz

Part of the Alex Rider Series

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LoveReading View on Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

Short, sharp bursts of Alex Rider

April 2019 Book of the Month

Blimey, but can Anthony Horowitz pack huge amounts of tension, excitement and humour into his short stories! He shows off a breath-taking ability to conjure adventure out of the most unlikely beginnings, and in his hands even a trip to the dentist turns into a full-on, peril-laden caper. There’s everything in this collection that makes the Alex Rider novels so addictive: dangerous situations, daring escapes, gadgets galore. And of course, there’s Alex himself – super-smart, super-resourceful, super-cool.  Irresistible, unbeatable reading.

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Alex Rider: Secret Weapon Synopsis

An essential collection of seven explosive Alex Rider stories by number one bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz. This collection of thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider and also includes three never-before-seen stories.

Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy.

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This is a really interesting collection of short stories for most ages. I really enjoyed reading them. Full review

Seren Daly (Age 12)

Secret Weapon contains 7 - Yes 7 - amazing Alex Rider stories. Fans of the secret spy kid will love this latest book and if you have never been lucky enough to read Rider stories before this is the perfect place to start. Full review

Ethan Watkin (Age 11)

I really enjoyed these pocket fizzlers of short stories. Full review

Emily Lonsdale (Age 13)

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon is a collection of thrilling stories set between the main missions of Alex Rider. Full review

Alice East (Age 14)

This book has seven breath-taking adventures and you will be unable to put it down once you've started reading it. Full review

Rose Spear (Age 14)

2019 Book Of The Year For Me! Full review

Jack Smith (Age 14)

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon Press Reviews

Never Say Die is one of the most dramatically ambitious of the novels so far... The suspense never slackens and the plot, even at its most far-fetched, is underpinned with nerdishly forensic detail, which has an irresistible how stuff works appeal.  The Daily Telegraph

The Alex Rider stories are action adventures about defeating cartoon villains who are intent on global domination, but, although Alex is brave and athletic, what really makes him and the books special is his ingenuity... The series not only has explosions and chases: it shows that cleverness can win.  The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

Readers who like their adventure action packed will love the new Alex Rider novel, Never Say Die, by Anthony Horowitz. Our favourite teen spy whizzes around the world, from San Francisco to Egypt, at breakneck speed.  Irish Independent

Anthony Horowitz is second to none when it comes to writing page-turners so his fans will be thrilled to read the new Alex Rider novel.  Daily Express

This latest story is as exciting as its predecessors. An unputdownable read with breath-taking action and enough clever plot twists to make the reader dizzy.  Primary Times

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ISBN: 9781406340174
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406340174
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children, Star Books

About Anthony Horowitz

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. He was invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write the James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis and his most recent novel, Magpie Murders was a Sunday Times bestseller. Anthony also wrote the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty. He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British ...

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