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Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8)

Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8)

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by Anthony Horowitz

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It?s just another day in the life of an average kid. If you?re Alex Rider, that is.

A con artist has realized there is big money in charity? the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire


It?s just another day in the life of an average kid. If you?re Alex Rider, that is.

A con artist has realized there is big money in charity? the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes?gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries? to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.

Often imitated, never equaled, the series that triggered a reading phenomenon is back, exhilarating and addictive as ever.

Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
Alex Rider's eighth adventure is one of his most ingenious
—The New York Times
VOYA - Leah J. Sparks
In this action-packed latest installment of Horowitz's popular Alex Rider series, the reluctant teen spy is again drawn into the services of MI6. In return for the agency nixing a reporter's would-be expose of Alex's life, he agrees to infiltrate the office of the director of Greenfields, a secretive genetic engineering company, during a class trip to the company's headquarters. Although he succeeds and vows to return to school and a normal life, Alex's curiosity gets the better of him and he is soon embroiled in yet another outrageous turn of events that includes being kidnapped and whisked off to Kenya to face the latest in a string of diabolical madmen bent on destroying the world. As in the last few series novels, Horowitz sacrifices character development for action, with little dialogue and only token appearances by supporting players such as Jack Starbright, Smithers, and Sabina Pleasure. In their place, he packs in enough explosions, fistfights, poisonous creatures, fires, and deadly weapons to ensure that middle and high school boys—and more than a few girls—will be clamoring for Alex's latest adventure. Each installment is more reminiscent of the James Bond films than the last, and one wonders if television and film writer Horowitz had one eye on his computer screen and one eye on the silver screen when drafting the latest Rider story. Although formulaic, the novel is cut from the same successful mold as its predecessors and will no doubt fly off library shelves with its appealing hero, exotic settings, and high-octane action. Reviewer: Leah J. Sparks
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Alex Rider is only 14, but that hasn't stopped MI6, the British espionage organization, from recruiting him for dangerous missions. Here, Alex is enlisted in a seemingly quick and easy mission of downloading computer data while on a school trip to a lab immersed in the genetic engineering of plants. While there, he discovers a sinister plot involving a criminal turned preacher and philanthropist. As in the earlier installments, the book is chock-full of excitement and suspense from the first page to the last. It starts with a bomb at a nuclear plant in India, and along the way there is a charity black-tie card game, poison needles, car crashes, bullets, and exploding gel pens. Most of the backstory is explained, so no prior knowledge of the earlier books is necessary. Great for reluctant readers.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
[Horowitz] knows how to pace a thriller and delivers one exciting scene after another.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Alex Rider Series , #8
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Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.12(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers (sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 422 reviews.
HARRYPOTTER86 More than 1 year ago
I got to read Crocodile Tears because my bro actually works for the Philomel-Penguin publishing company. He got the final draft for us to read. It blew my mind. Well-structured story, and Alex is really awesome this time. Like in Eagle Strike, he was all alone. In this, he has the govt. backing him up, but he really is alone. Best Alex Rider novel.
Ezio More than 1 year ago
Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz is the eighth book in the Alex Rider series. This book is among the best of the series and I truly enjoyed it. This book is intended for a teenage audience so one can relate to the main character and understand some things of the events that happen to him. If you like James Bond you will like this series because there are tons of action and espionage involved. For those who don't know, Alex Rider is a fourteen year old teenager that works for MI6, the British CIA. His parents died when he was young so he was raised by his uncle. However, his uncle, a spy, died in a mission and Alex Rider was now alone. He was first contacted by the MI6 shortly after his uncle's death and he found out the family secrets. Alex was somehow manipulated and recruited. MI6 found him very functional because he was a teenager and nobody suspected about his actions. After seven missions, Alex is tired of the spy life and all he wants is to enjoy his teenage years but he is blackmailed by the MI6 to take care of the eighth mission. The story starts when someone attempts to assassinate Alex and his girlfriend, Sabina. This event takes Alex to his next mission to find out who tried to kill him and what is he planning. Alex was sent to infiltrate a bio-genetics laboratory to investigate about the owner and try to find out who was responsible for his assassination attempt. He finds information about a terrorist plan and when escaping his cover is blown. He was then investigated by the terrorists and kidnapped. Alone and with no one to assist him, he was the only one that could stop the terrible tragedy that might happen. The story is mainly about spies, terrorist plans, adventures, and escapades. This is one of those books that are always thrilling with great realistic characters and a plot full of action. I have read all of the books in the Alex Rider series and I think this is the best one because of all the problems Alex has to overcome and how he resolves them. I liked this book because the main conflict is really fascinating and the author gives an explanation of the science and criminal mentality involved in this plan. Other things that I like are all the gadgets Alex is given, these are really creative and are used throughout the book. This book is really interesting and contains a lot of action that keeps you thrilled until the end. I really recommend this book and the whole series to people who like espionage, action and books that are similar to James Bond movies. I don't want this series to end and I'm hoping to read a new Alex Rider mission soon.
Colemanstudent-ARS More than 1 year ago
This is amazing, it was action packed and fun to read. This book tells of the lastest adventure of the great Alex Rider. If there were anymore stars to give, I would give it 100 stars. Like I said, YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!
Gerks More than 1 year ago
***Warning, Contains Some of the Plot*** Crocodile Tears, a MI6 thriller book, contains many action packed scenes. The book starts out with Alex, the main character, who is a fourteen year old boy, going to a dinner party, which ends up being much more surprising than he excepted. Then, he is pursued by a journalist by the name of Harry Bulman. However, Alex does not wish to be pursued by this man, so he arranges a deal with MI6 (British Intelligence Agency) that states if he completes a mission for them, they will help him get the journalist to stop inquiring information from Alex. This is followed by an action-packed scene in a research facility called Greenfields, where Alex is always on the border between life and death. While he is here, Alex gains new vital knowledge. However, this new knowledge forms a new rivalry between Alex and a man named Desmond McCain. Later on, as Alex is walking, stabbed by a needle, and gets knocked out. He then wakes up in a whole new land, where a twisted, adrenaline-pumping ending takes place. The major message behind this book deals with the world as a whole. The idea presented in Crocodile Tears, is that the world is filled with deception. The beginning of the book says, "crocodile tears: fake or hypocritical tears. From the belief that crocodiles will pretend to cry in order to attract their victims. and will then cry for real as they devour them." This is the major idea of the book, as stated earlier. Also, the crocodiles are symbolic for all of the villainous people in the world, and their tears are symbolic for all of the deception that lies with these "cold blooded animals." Throughout my time reading this book, I found myself liking many of the ways in which Horowitz wrote. One of my favorite things that he did was, whenever anything exciting happened, the perspective of the story changed. This kept the readers on their toes, and added to the suspense of the story. For example, chapter twelve ends with, "Alex turned around and ran." The beginning of chapter thirteen then says, "Tom Harris was getting worried." This makes the reader step into the shoes of Tom, because it makes the readers get worried about Alex too, because no one knows what is currently happening to him. I also like all of the twists found in the plot. These twists completely change the readers' perspectives, and give a whole new voice to the story. One the opposite end of the spectrum, I only found one thing that I disliked about the book. I would have liked it if Horowitz used more advanced diction, so I would have had to think more, and be more challenged by the book. I recommend this book to people ages sixteen and below. Although the vocabulary might not challenge everyone, the story makes up for it with the heart-pounding plot, the twisted shifts within the plot, and the intricate details, make it a superb choice for anyone looking for an book that is exciting throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great end 2 a EPIC series. MAKE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :•)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job if writing the story. Especially the action scenes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was able to read this book not because i bought it on the nook but because i have a friend that owned a copy and he gave it to me. This is the only book in the series that i have read but it really is an excellent book. It is more aimed toward the preteen- teen age group though. Being a preteen i enjoyed this book immensely. READ IT YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book rather short, nevertheless it was quite exciting, though not as enthralling as i expected. The usual assortment of physical inaccuracies and impossibilities, but still a good read. Looking forward to reading the final book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope its good................MINIONS!!!!!!
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This book was totally awesome and so far it was the best in the series but I want to know if the castle in Scotland is real.
EricT33 More than 1 year ago
Crocodile Tears, by Anthony Horowitz, is a great book, to say the least. In this book there are action-packed scenes filled with endless amounts of outcomes. I loved this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat, which sounds cliche but I am really not kidding. There were countless times when I could have just kept reading and reading, but I had to go to bed sometime. There were some things that confused me and some minor things that I didn’t like. Overall I would have to give you the thumbs up to go ahead and start reading this book. As I said, my thoughts on this book were positive. The Alex Rider series never let me down, novel continued this example. When Alex goes on adventures like this, I truly never know what may happen next. For example one time he may be trapped, and the next moment he found a way to use one of his small gadgets to get out of secured building. You just never know. I may not have gotten why he was so smart, this may be so for me because I could not think of something that he would do. Or maybe I should start taking spy classes to get an insight on how he thinks.  Also the way that Alex Rider creates relationships with other people is truly fascinating. He gets along with everyone he meets, except for the bad guys who try to kill him for ruining their plan. This fascinates me because I’m the same age as Alex, and personally I know it’s hard for me to get along with everyone. Just in general the crazy feats that he achieves are truly remarkable for me to even imagine. Saving the world various of times is very unlikely for the average teenager, be he seems to come through clean. But in the end of every book, there are some things that I dislike. Even though I thought that the unimaginable danger was outstanding, I did not like the way that it was too unreal. The series make it seem like he is the strongest kid alive. As like in other books in the series, he uses his strength to get past some things that only other people have trained hard for. And the way that Alex can get out of situations that professional agents probably couldn’t get out of is just truly gratifying. Even though there are many good things that can be taken from this book, there are some things that I disliked about it. But I definitely recommend this brilliant novel. Crocodile Tears will forever be on my list of good books. I guarantee that this book will satisfy your needs for a good read, or you can delete this review off this page. You should start at the beginning, otherwise you would be confused with this novel. But honestly if you’re contemplating on what series you should read, whether it may be for a book report, or just for a good way to past time, take a look at the Alex Rider series. I hope you enjoy! As you can see, I have plenty to say about this book. I have a lot of positive things to say about it, so you should give a look at this book and make sure you read the other books in this series, and you can truly see what happens with Alex Rider. Go to the nearest store and get yourself Crocodile Tears and the Alex Rider series, enjoy the reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great job on your story!!! I am so sad it is almost over!! A suggestion for a 3 book series is the Divergent series! The first book is called Divergent, the second one is Insurgent, and the last one is called Allegiant! You could probably use that series if you want!!! Well congratalations oon finishing the story!! I have been with you the whole way!!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly I just want to take my time typing these. I just don't want it to end. I'll talk about that later though. Well how'd you guys like the last part? This part will be in Max's p.o.v. Next part at Alex Rider book 9. On with the story! --- I honestly thought we were done for. We were all tied up and it nobody was able to loosen their ropes. Jose and Julia were the only two who managed to lose their gags. They were coming up with different ideas, but none of them succeded. "It looks like we're stuck here until we can get out." Julia said. "Well we've got trouble guys." Jose said worried. I glanced up and saw what looked like vultures. Great so now were going to get eaten by vultures. "Wait maybe I can reach my knife?" Julia tried to unlatch her knife, but with no results. Jose closed his eyes and it looked like he was ready for the end. I did the same. "Wait a minute Sam," Julia said. "Do you think you can focus on my knife and pull it out." Sam closed his eyes and in a moment Julia's knife was in front of him. He cut the rope binding his wrists and pulled out his gag. "Great idea Julia!" Sam cut the rest of our binds and in a moment we ran after our attackers. After we ran for a moment we came across a fairly large house. It was guarded by an iron gate and their were two cars outside. The house looked in good shape. It has a fairly new coat of white paint, some new shingles, and the wooden porch looked freshly polished. "Guys we can't just charge in there. We need a plan." "Max is right we just can't charge in. We don't know how many of them are inside," Reese agreed with me. "So here's the plan......" In a moment we were all in our positions. Odyn helped Gilly get over the fence and Gilly went over the electrical box and managed to shut it down. Sam and Julia slipped inside, and hid around the corner. Two guys came out and started to exam the box. Sam and Julia jumped out and knocked them out. Now Reese and I slipped in through one entrance while Emily and Shawn went in through the other. We looked around and saw nobody else. We signaled everyone else to come inside. Then we split into two groups of four and began to search the house. Shawn, Kayla, Reese, and John searched the basement while the rest up us searched upstairs. There were about six rooms to search. The entire house seemed empty..... unless. I bolted down into the basement. Sure enough my fears were true. There was about ten demigods. At there feet were my friends who had their arms behind their heads. One of the demigods stepped forward. The only girl of the group. She pointed her sword in my direction. "Stand down!" She ordered. I got on my knees and put my hands behind my head. I glanced up the stairway and the others that were coming down caught my gaze. They backed up and kept watch. The girl stepped forward..... CLIFFHANGER! Well what'd you think? Let me know. Sorry I didn't post sooner. I had a book report to finish. - SK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i am into the alex rider series and this is good so far and i know all of the alex rider junkies were expecting sabina to come back in. This book just kinda has a slow 1st chapter but it starts to pick up later on. Just a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alot of action. Just like the rest of the sequal.
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^The Guy Above Me Is An Idiot^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From all the reveiws and comments i read, it felt like i should really read this book. I read all the series except this one so i will and going to enjoy this book holla @ ya boy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago