Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram's first new collaboration since "Guess How Much I Love You" is being published in October 2004. They both live in Northern Ireland.
Philanthropic pop-star or utter madman? Anthony Horowitz's latest, Eagle Strike: An Alex Rider Adventure finds the teen spy tracking another arch-villain across Europe in an action-packed follow-up to Stormbreaker, Point Blank and Skeleton Key. PW wrote of the debut book, "Readers will cheer for the 14-year-old hero of this spy thriller and stay tuned for his next assignment." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Gr 5-10-This is Anthony Horowitz's fourth Alex Rider adventure (Philomel Books, 2004), but it's not necessary to have read any of the others to follow this one since enough background is provided along the way. The novel opens with 14-year-old Alex, an orphan who has been trained by British Intelligence as a secret agent, on vacation in the south of France with his friend Sabina and her parents. When he spots Yassen Gregorovich, a Russian contract killer he's run into before, his curiosity is peaked. Alex is determined to discover why Yassen's target seems to be Sabina's father, a journalist. His search leads him back to London, to a pop star named Damian Cray whose philanthropic works recently got him knighted. Alex has his own suspicions about what Cray is up to, but the truth is stranger than even he suspected: the end of the world as we know it. Thrilling action, an edge-of-your-seat chase through the streets of Amsterdam, gadgets worthy of any James Bond movie, and a bang-up ending make this an exciting listen. Simon Prebble captures the entire cast of characters well, and each, no matter how minor, is easily distinguished. Alex's determination, Cray's conceit, and Gregorovich's jaded Russian tones all come through. Engaging enough to entice the most reluctant readers, this is a good purchase for both public and school libraries.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.