by Anthony Horowitz
This is the first book in a series of adventures about Alex Rider, a fourteen-year-old reluctant spy. I guess I would call it "James Bond for the Harry Potter set." It's very exciting, and the action is quite intense, but the violence is definitely toned-down for kids, and not graphic, which is greatly appreciated by this parent. I also appreciate that there is no "language." Refreshing! [I'll never understand why authors insist on using foul language in their books.... it's simply not necessary. I suppose it's merely a sign of bad writing, as if the author can't come up with a better way for a character to express themselves. (It's also true of "real" people who use that kind of "language".... they sound ignorant and uneducated, not to mention boorish.) It's a cop-out.] So, I was happy to let my 11-year-old son read it, and he loved it, naturally. Actually, so did I.
I look forward to reading the next one!
Age recommendation: 11 - 16 years (or 40) :P