Point Blank (Alex Rider Series #2)

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When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious—and identical—overnight. It's up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him.

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Overview

When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious—and identical—overnight. It's up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him.

When an investigation into a series of mysterious death leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, M16 assigns Alex Rider, a 14-year-old reluctant spy, to the case.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Alex Rider is no ordinary fourteen-year-old West London schoolboy. He has no parents or any other relatives to speak of, so he's pretty much on his own. And he's been recruited to be the youngest spy for MI6, Britain's secret intelligence organization. MI6 needs Alex to investigate the murders of two of the world's wealthiest individuals. The case leads him to an undercover assignment as the son of one of the world's richest supermarket magnates. Relocated to an elite boarding school in the Swiss Alps, Alex uncovers a dastardly plot by the headmaster, Dr. Grief, who has his sights, no less, on taking over the entire world. Dr. Grief's diabolical plot involves the duplication of the sons of the world's most powerful men. With the help of spy gadgets that might make 007 green with envy, Alex is able to make some harrowing escapes to foil Dr. Grief's plans and make the world safe once more. This is the second in the "Alex Rider Adventure" series. 2001, Philomel Books,
— Christopher Moning
VOYA
This fast-paced book is for the young James Bond and spy-adventure fan. The book is short enough for the reluctant reader and cuts to the chase to hold attention. Other readers might quickly tire of the larger-than-life action scenes and clichés such as the stereotypical mad-scientist villain. Readers who enjoyed the first book will enjoy Point Blank. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Philomel, 208p, $16.99. Ages 11 to 15. Reviewer: Anna Yu, aka Anna Banana, Teen Reviewer SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
KLIATT
This is the next Alex Rider adventure after Stormbreaker (reviewed in KLIATT in May 2001), which has been identified as a sure bet to interest young adolescents, especially males. The story begins dramatically, but Alex doesn't appear until chapter two, so for highly impatient readers, this might be a slight problem. After that, however, it's all Alex, all action, all the time. He outmaneuvers teenage bullies and South African racists left over from the apartheid days. British Intelligence places him in the worst school situation ever, isolated in the Alps above Grenoble, where he is threatened by a fate worse than death (well, death after the students in biology class dissect him while he is still alive, without anesthetic). Like James Bond, he is given some useful gadgets that save him, and like James Bond, Alex has super-human stamina, courage, wit and intelligence. It's fun stuff for those who like thrilling reading. Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Penguin Putnam, Philomel, 215p., $16.99. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; KLIATT SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-After two influential businessmen die in separate freak accidents, MI6, England's spy network, once again calls upon 14-year-old Alex Rider to infiltrate Point Blanc, a private school in the French Alps for out-of-control, wealthy teens. Armed only with his wits and some 007-type devices, he stumbles upon an evil mad scientist's plot to take over the world using clones as replacements for prominent sons. Spy gadgets, chase scenes, mysteries, and a cliff-hanger ending will keep even reluctant readers interested in the second novel in this series. Familiarity with the first novel is not necessary as the plot fills in past information when needed, but many students will want to go back and read Stormbreaker (Philomel, 2001) to see how Alex first became involved with MI6.-Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fasten your seat belts for the second installment in Anthony Horowitz's spy-thriller series starring 14-year-old British schoolboy and ace agent from MI6, Alex Rider. James Bond has nothing on this crafty kid, and it's lucky Alex is on the job. It seems that mad scientists still infest the planet and still want to rule the world. When readers first met Alex in Stormbreaker (2001), MI6 had sent him to spy school. This time they send him to an exclusive school for the recalcitrant sons of the super-rich. Disguised as the son of a British supermarket magnate, Alex learns that something extraordinarily odd is going on at the school. Yes indeed, the school's owner, the creepy South African apartheid supporter Dr. Grief, intends to take over the world by controlling his wealthy students. But who are his students? Is Dr. Grief using brainwashing, fear, or something more sinister on the boys? Can Alex escape from the fortress-like school before that sinister something happens to him? Horowitz devises a string of miraculous circumstances that keeps Alex alive and spying throughout. Spy thrillers appear too seldom in YA literature. With plenty of cliffhanger action, the Alex Rider adventures might help get young readers hooked. The unabashed fantasy imitates the James Bond movies more closely than the books, but it's all plenty of fun. (Fiction. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142406120
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Series: Alex Rider Series , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 51,778
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz has been called "the busiest writer in Britain" by a major British newspaper—and with good reason. He is passionate about his work, often writing ten hours a day as he tries to balance multiple careers as a popular novelist, playwright and screenwriter for television and movies. He is also the author of The Devil and His Boy and the Diamond Brothers mysteries.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    I love it just like the first book!

    It is a totally awesome book! I read it and I loved it! It is just like the first book. Really great I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new series to read.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Best book

    This book is really good! If you like action, read it!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    HELP

    I didnt read the first one because it didnt look good but this one seems like a good book. Should i get it?

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This book was awesome! I never would have guessed this ending because it is not only crazy evil by the antagonist but it is something new that no one could have guessed!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    My favorite book. keeps you on the edge of your seat

    Anthony Horowitz is the best author he can keep you in suspense

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Great book

    This book is the best i have read onmy nook

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    great book and another in a terrific series

    This is another wonderful book in the Alex Rider series. If you need to get your teenager to read more and want them to enjoy reading, this is the book (and series) for you.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Very cool

    This is a awesome book it got my heart racing

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    Point Blank Expectations

    As the wait for the anticipated Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz gets shorter I have personaly read Stormbreaker more then five times since it came out. After I read the preview for Point Blank I was sure that Anthony Horowitz created another book that keep me strapped to my seat feeling the anxiety to turn the next page and see what happens.I have great expectations for Point Blank and hope to get it as soon as possible.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Reading it now

    I got this book because I had already read the first one a while back and knew it would be a good, action packed, and quick read for me when I wanted a break from all of the deep novels I keep finding.

    So far, I wasn't disappointed. It's a great read for me at a time like this . . there's just one little problem: I'm pretty sure I already know what the mystery is, and I'm on page 98. Like I said, though, it's just one small thing. I still like the book and I still think it's perfect for my little break from novels ;p

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Wow i loved this book but kinda creepy in the middle

    This book is very intregging i heart this book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Grreat book

    Tell me if this is a realistic fiction book reply if its yes hit yes if its fiction

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Over the top

    I loved this book it was a page turner and i never wanted it to end.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Little better than the first

    This book is about Alex Rider and, I think has a little more action and less begining but, it will be so confusing if you don't read the beginning first. I'd that most kids would like the serries alot and also adults who like action and can take slow beginings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Read it!

    Totally awsome! More Alex Rider action, what could be better!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Good so far

    Good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    To the nuker

    Throws a atomic bomb in your face!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Jake

    Awesooooooooommmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    A

    This book is one of my favorites was hard to put down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    LOVE this book!

    This is an incredible book! I rented the first from our school's library, but had to buy this one because we were on spring break. I read it in less than a day and a half. It has all the danger and suspense you could want in a book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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