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really liked it
I could read this book over and over again. I grew up with a fascination with spies, most likely triggered by the amazingly entertaining TV show “Totally Spies” I used to watch repeatedly with my brother.
I still remember asking my mother, with hearts in the place of eyes, “Do spies really exist?” You see, I thought being a spy was the coolest profession one could have. I shouldn’t have been discouraged by my mom’s reply, but because I am who I am, my heart immediately deflated when she said, “T
did not like it
I read this book because it is so popular with my students. I can see the appeal: espionage, a kid caught in everyone else’s plans, having to take care of himself while saving the world. Action, adventure, violence. The boys eat this stuff up. I just wish Horowitz had written it with his readers in mind as the young, impressionable audience that they are. I hate all the label dropping! Do we need to know that our character wears Nike and Gap? Absolutely not. Why feed into this consumerist crap,
This book left me very conflicted as a children’s librarian. My elementary students like the books. I think the first one (I cannot testify for the rest of the series as I haven’t read them) is full of all the things that I do not want to promote in the collection for which I am responsible: violence, consumerism, and a disrespectful protagonist. They get enough of this is every other form of media. However, kids who don’t like to read will read Alex Rider. It has reluctant reader appeal. So do I add it to the books to be discarded and face alienating my students with my conservatism? Do I want a library full of “classic novels” that no one will read? Or do I continue to buy and shelve books like the Alex Rider series and Wimpy Kid series which are immensely popular but set bad examples for their audience?
Being a teenage spy is something I’ve never experienced, but Stormbreaker really makes me feel like I have. This book is about a boy named Alex Rider, who has been a regular boy all his life until he is called by M-16, the British secret service, to be on a secret mission to investigate a computer called the Stormbreaker.
This book is full of good guys, bad guys, and of course, its full of suspense, adventure, and action.
The person in this book that really draws you in is Harold Sayle, the in