John is no ordinary boy. He is on a ship with ghost pirates, and he has a watch with which he can travel through time. One day, a girl gets lost in a storm, and John saves her. But to take her home will be very dangerous for John and the crew, because a villain is out to get them.
This book by Philip Pullman has a few swearwords in it, but it’s amazing to read. You can follow the storyline very well, but it keeps you on tenterhooks. Every single time I had to stop reading it, I was very annoyed – I even took it into school, and every time the lesson started again, I was grumpy that I got interrupted – it was that good. The drawings were amazing, and had a lot of detail. The humans in it looked very realistic, and I would love to know how Fred Fordham made the fog look so realistic. I wish I could draw like that!
Alex Rider goes on another tremendously dangerous case. “Never Say Die” means “Don’t Give Up”, and in this book, Alex has to solve a big mystery, and he won’t give up! Is Jack alive? Alex Rider is in America with his foster family. He suddenly gets an email that he guesses might be from Jack Starbright…or is it? He gets the first flight to Cairo and then goes to Siwa, where he goes back to his and Jack’s cell, looking for clues. Will SCORPIA fail again?
This book is brilliant, because Anthony Horowitz puts lots of information about places in the sentences, so you can actually picture it as though it were real. At one point, I thought I was watching a film in my head, that’s how clearly I could see things. My favourite setting is Smoke City, but I’m not telling you what that is, because I really think you should read the book. Alex is an enthusiastic, adventurous, brave and clever agent, who “Never Says Die”.
This book would be suitable for 10-12 year-olds, but I really enjoyed it, too!
My name is Toby, and I am 10 years old. I have written letters to every country in the world - you can read about that adventure at my other website, Writing to the World. Some letters are published in a book called "Dear World, How Are You?". In order to learn more about the countries I am writing to, I am reading books, and I am reviewing them here. I also review books for LoveReading4Kids, and those reviews are on here, too. I am trying to find one book set in each country, or by an author from that country. My Mum is doing the same for grown-up books, and I am reviewing mine, and she is reviewing hers. So whether you are a child or a grown-up, you can explore the world with us :)