Book Review: Snakehead
I work with students from kindergarten all the way up to 6th grade, and sometimes a particular series falls through the cracks. This is the way it was with Alex Rider. I knew it was there, I knew it was popular, but I just never got around to reading any of the books myself. Until now. I can understand the excitement. Adventure fans will eat up Snakehead, the seventh book in the Alex Rider series.
The story begins with our hero returning from his last mission. In outer space. Yep, suspension of disbelief will serve the reader well for what lies ahead. Alex Rider is a 14-year-old Brit with a special talent for getting out of seemingly impossible situations. Snakehead is full of these tight spots, beginning in Australia and working through Thailand and Indonesia before the final assault on an oil rig in the Timor Sea. Alex is paired up with his godfather, Ash, to go undercover for the Australian government. Their goal? Break up Snakehead, a people smuggling operation with ties to international crime syndicate Scorpia. Twists and turns ensue. Alex’s cover is soon blown and he has to use all his skills (including kickboxing, kayaking, and parachuting, to name a few) to stay alive. But you don’t have to take my word for it ( â„¢ Reading Rainbow). Check out the book trailer:
A spy thriller that readers will tear into.
Also reviewed by Breeni Books.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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