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Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK’s most popular children’s authors. His successful novel Stormbreaker has a boy-friendly, James Bond style plot, centring on 14-year-old Alex Rider, who is transformed from schoolboy to super-spy.
In this extract from Chapter 6, Alex meets Smithers, who equips him with secret weapons. The text provides a useful opportunity to explore the use of dialogue, while the additional on-screen film clips allow for comparison of dialogue in text and film.
Shared learning and teaching
- Discuss spies. If possible, watch a spy movie extract. Elicit typical words/phrases as a spidergram. Do the children know an author who writes stories in this style? Elicit Anthony Horowitz and explore his work.
- Tell the children that they are going to read an extract from the novel, Stormbreaker. Talk about the film explaining that they will compare the extract and corresponding film clip.
- Before reading, ask what might be the most interesting or exciting thing about being a spy. Include the use of gadgets/secret weapons.