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Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel

Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel

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by Anthony Horowitz, Kanako, Yuzuru
     
 

They have become a phenomenon. The Alex Rider adventures are now bestsellers the world over, and the book that started it all, Stormbreaker, is soon to be a major motion picture. Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before. For existing

Overview

They have become a phenomenon. The Alex Rider adventures are now bestsellers the world over, and the book that started it all, Stormbreaker, is soon to be a major motion picture. Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before. For existing fans of the series, this graphic novel will be a must-have; for those yet to discover Stormbreaker, this will be the perfect introduction.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Jennifer Feigelman
Alex Rider, the infamous young spy of the popular Alex Rider series and cinematic fame (Stormbreaker), has reemerged in a new format: his own graphic novel. Alex is recruited into an elite British spy operation after the murder of his uncle, an intelligence agent. He is sent to investigate the too-good-to-be-true Stormbreaker computers and their suspiciously philanthropic creator, Darrius Sayle. Once in Stormbreaker headquarters, Alex finds Sayle's motives to be extremely malicious. Now embroiled in a deadly plot, he must save England from an impending lethal attack from Sayle. The Alex Rider espionage novels have been extremely popular and well received. This adaptation won't fail its readers: the art is strong and confident, and the writing is well paced and captivating. The entire nature of the story is extremely cinematic, from its opening pages that serve as a prologue to the main fare. An excellent addition to a ‘tween collection—this graphic novel has little objectionable content beyond what one may find in its PG-rated film counterpart. Give this to younger YAs who seek the action of graphic novels, but may not be old enough for many of the teen titles. This should be extremely popular for public and school libraries—if budgets allow, consider purchasing multiple copies.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
The story begins in a London classroom where students are discussing what makes us what we are. Is it schooling, family, or something else? Alex explains it could not be family, as his parents died and an uncle who has a boring job in a bank in charge of customer care is raising him. After school, Alex's uncle calls him to say he is on his way home and that they would spend the weekend together. Out of nowhere, a gunman shoots his uncle and Alex learns the truth about who his uncle really was. He does not quite believe the story the police tell him about the way his uncle died, so Alex goes off on his own to find the truth. Special Agents from MIG intercept him and take him to their office. There they recruit him to do the same type of work his Uncle did for them. The story then takes the reader on an adventurous journey into the world of espionage, suspense, and evil. I understand why young adults would be drawn to this book, but I must admit that I do not particularly enjoy endorsing books that use killing, guns, and explosives to entertain our young people. That said, the book is well written and the illustrations are excellent. The character actually reminds me of a young James Bond and how he might have gotten his start in the world of spies. This is written in graphic form that is a favorite of mine, as I know it reaches students with a wide range of reading abilities. This is just one book in the series and I am sure more are to come, since the last words in the story are "The End?" I do recommend this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399246333
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/19/2006
Series:
Alex Rider Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
262,897
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
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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posted march 10, 2009 11:14 am. this was a really excellent graphic novel I would recomend this book to poeple above the age of 13 due to graphics,violence,and mild profanity.
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This book is good. It has very good visual images. It has a lot of deatils in a small book. Anthony picked a good topic for this book. Over all this was an outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered, if your parents died, who would take care of you? If you¿ve ever had this thought, this would be a book for you. Stormbreaker, by Anthony Harowitz, is an action packed book about a little boy named Alex. He is an orphan who lives with his uncle who is a spy. Alex thinks he is a security guard. One day Alex came from school and called his uncle. Right after the phone call, his uncle got shot. I think this is an interesting story. For example, when a worker drops the stormbreaker, the boss gave him a bad look. The worker said, ¿I won¿t do that again.¿ The boss said, ¿No you will not¿ and shot him. Another example is when Alex¿s uncle got shot. Anothony Harowitz writes, ¿Bang Bang.!¿ I recommend this book to jocks because it has a lot of action and they would enjoy this book. There is a lot of shooting in this book.