Reviews for Scorpia : An Alex Rider Adventure


Booklist Reviews 2005 February #1
Gr. 8-11. In the fifth book in the exciting series that began with Stormbreaker (2001), Alex Rider, a teenage James Bond, infiltrates Scorpia, a terrorist organization which has accepted a contract from a Middle Easterner who wishes "to humble Britain and the U.S and to ensure they cease to work together as a world power." Searching for the truth of his father's death, Alex finds himself in the middle of a terrifying plot he cannot condone: to kill all 12- and 13-year-old British children. Fourteen-year-old Alex goes from thrilling adventure to improbable escape one quick-turning page after the other. High-tech and low-tech machinations will rivet readers, who will be anxious to learn if Scorpia can carry out its terrorist plan and who really killed Alex's father. This stands alone, but it will leave teens clamoring for the rest of the series. One book, and they'll be hooked. ((Reviewed February 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
In this fifth book of the series, Alex must confront more ghosts from his past, following leads that he hopes will take him to the truth about his father. With fast pacing and some tough choices for Alex, [cf2]Scorpia[cf1] lives up to the reputation for adventure and suspense that Horowitz has built for himself. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2006 January
Alex is a 14-year-old British boy whose quest for vengeance over his father's death leads him into the dark world of espionage and terrorism. The action takes place in Venice, Naples, Amalfi, and London and pits M16, the national British spy agency, against its nemesis, Scorpia. Alex joins Scorpia, the terrorist organization run by Julia. Scorpia wants Britain to sever its close ties with the United States. Alex's first job is to kill Mrs. Jones, the head of M16. When he fails, Alex becomes a counter-spy for M16 and single-handedly saves London's schoolchildren from untimely and painful deaths. In the process, he learns the truth about his father, but as he leaves M16's headquarters for the last time, a sniper shoots him in the heart. Will Alex's death conclude the series? With graphic description and spare dialogue, Anthony Horowitz brings credibility to the far-fetched notion of a teenager becoming a secret agent to save his country from uncertain doom. Readers will be able to identify current political similarities involving Britain and the United States. Girls will find it interesting that women head both Scorpia and M16. An exciting, suspenseful tale, this book will appeal to most middle school students, both prolific readers and reluctant ones, due to its fast-paced story line and James Bond-style technology and adventures. Highly Recommended. Pat Bender, Librarian, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania © 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 January #3
The fifth entry in the Alex Rider Adventure series by Anthony Horowitz, Scorpia follows 14-year-old Alex to Italy, after he learns that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, and the teen gets swept up in a murderous scheme of his own. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 March
Gr 7-10-Alex Rider, the 14-year-old spy and adventurer from Stormbreaker (2001), Point Blank (2002), Skeleton Key (2003), and Eagle Strike (2004, all Philomel), is back. While vacationing in Italy, he is recruited by the deadliest terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, away from the world of M16, a British secret intelligence organization. Through a web of lies and deceit, Alex is persuaded to assassinate the deputy head of M16, a former friend and supervisor, while Scorpia plans a secret mission that will kill hundreds of thousands of British children in the blink of an eye. Missing his target and captured by M16, Rider is sent back into Scorpia, but this time as a spy. It is only with the teen's help that M16 can stop the organization's vicious threat. Of course, Alex Rider saves the day, but not without psychological mind gaming and fighting that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the final page. These titles are perfect for James Bond wannabes and reluctant readers. No prior knowledge of the previous books is necessary, as Horowitz drops clues from previous adventures.-Delia Fritz, Mercersburg Academy, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2005 April
In the previous installment of the Alex Rider Adventures, Alex discovered that his father worked for a secret organization called Scorpia. Now in the fifth adventure, Alex is desperate to find out more. His only clue leads him to Italy, where curiosity almost kills him. Scorpia's mysterious and deadly leader, the beautiful Mrs. Julia Rothman, confirms that John Rider was one of their operatives and tells Alex that MI6 was responsible for his death. Armed with this new information and a thirst for retribution, Alex agrees to work for Scorpia, abandoning his ties to MI6. But Scorpia has other plans that will test Alex's loyalties again. The series has grown progressively darker, and this book is no exception. Alex's lightning-fast reflexes and intelligence are part of his charm, but he is also vulnerable and lonely. He has few friends and no sense of normalcy. His struggle to understand himself and the world around him keeps the wildly implausible plot dynamic and interesting. The stakes in this adventure are higher as Alex tries not only to save the world but also to save himself from the dark descent from heroism into villainy. Like the rest of this series, this installment will have a place in school and public libraries. Fans will love the revelations in this new adventure but might protest the cliffhanger ending.-Brenna Shanks 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2005 Voya Reviews.

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