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Skeleton Key

Written by Anthony Horowitz

Part of the Alex Rider Series

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories

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Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade.

More edge of your seat thrilling action from one of the masters of suspense in children’s fiction.  Super spy Alex Rider is in deep water again as he is enlisted by the national security services again - this time for a routine reconnaissance mission at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. But before long, Alex finds himself caught up in a terrifying chain of events that leads from the Chinese Triad gangs in London to an undercover assignment in Cuba. Alex begins to make chilling links between suspicious deaths, an illegal nuclear weapons deal and the plans of his host, Russian General Sarov, for the future of the world.

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Skeleton Key Synopsis

In the third book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex faces his most dangerous challenge yet. Teaming up with the CIA, Alex must go to a remote Caribbean island called Skeleton Key, where the insane general Sarov is hatching explosive plans to re-write history.

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:

1. Stormbreaker
2. Point Blanc
3. Skeleton Key
4. Eagle Strike
5. Scorpia
6. Ark Angel
7. Snakehead
8. Crocodile Tears
9. Scorpia Rising

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

Skeleton Key Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Great white sharks, underwater traps and nuclear bombs. Another brilliant, action-packed adventure.'
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'the third book in the Alex Rider series and has me as hooked as the first.'
  • Alex Faulkner, age 10 - 'There was action everywhere and I was reading it whenever I could. My eyes were glued to the pages.'
  • William Longlands, age 11 - '5/5. The Alex Rider series continues to be very good. If you liked the previous two you'll like this one.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'This fantastic book is action-packed and filled with adventure...I think that Alex’s character develops really well and you get to know him a lot more in this book.'
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'I really enjoyed this novel as it was exciting and intelligent, the two things that I look for in a novel.'
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'I think this book is fantastic because it just really hooks you in and you can never guess what is going to happen next.  It is my favorite so far.'
  • Joseph Kinder, age 11 - 'This is not an easy plot to follow: one that involves nuclear bombs and duplicity, and a Russian General who is still mourning the death of his own son...It is a page-turner, and a book that you won’t be able to put down.'
  • Luke Bauer, age 12 - 'Alex is going all over the place and no-one can keep up with him! Now he's in Cuba to stop a Russian madman from blowing up the world. But can Alex save it in time?'
  • Jake Fletcher, age 14 - 'Alex Rider is the key to success in every mission so far. Will this mission be Alex’s last, or will the door of defeat finally open to Alex?'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'Alex Rider at his best with more danger and more gadgets. This series just gets better and better. Highly recommend this especially to boys aged 9-14.'
  • Imogen Fisher, age 14 - 'This is one of my favourite books in the series, it is full of action, and lots of exciting plot twists.'
  • Chloe Mcilroy, age 14 - 'Packed with action from start to finish. It's like being in the middle of an action movie at the cinema - couldn't put it down!'
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 13 - 'a totally adrenalin fuelled story and  I also liked the fact that two secret services were involved. Ten out of ten.'

Skeleton Key Press 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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406360219
Publication date: 2nd April 2015
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories

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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