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By Anthony Horowitz

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.
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  1. Zoe Goldman
    on 28 February 2017

    Alex Rider Stormbreaker

    this book is very adventurous and exciting. I enjoy reading spy stories as they always have great endings and keep me wanting to read more. I always want to find out what happens next. I have started to read the second book. There are a lot of cliff hangers near the end of the chapters which helps me to build up an image of what I think might happen next. I definitely recommend this book and I'm probably going to end up reading the whole series.

    5out of 5
  2. alex rider
    on 12 June 2014

    alex rider

    Name: Alex Rider
    Age: 14 years
    Appearance: Alex is well built, with short fair hair and brown eyes.
    Early Life: A few months after his birth, Alex's parents, John and Helen Rider, were killed in a plane crash. Alex was then raised by his uncle, Ian Rider. They travelled widely, throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas (see holiday destinations for more information); Alex learned many of his special skills on these trips, such as rock climbing, scuba diving and foreign languages.
    Current status: Alex lives in London with his legal guardian, Jack Starbright. He attends Brookland School.
    Likes and dislikes: Alex is a supporter of Chelsea FC and a keen sportsman.
    MI6 status: After the death of his uncle, Alex began to work with MI6 on special assignments. See mission files for more information.