Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the phenomenal Alex Rider books and the bestselling Power of Five series and was recently voted the 2007 BA/Nielsen Author of the Year. He won the 2006 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the 2003 Red House Children's Book of the Year Award for Skeleton Key. Anthony, who wrote the script for the Alex Rider movie Stormbreaker, also writes extensively for TV, with credits including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. He lives in London.
Gr 7 Up-Snakehead begins right where Ark Angel (Philomel, 2006) ended. After splashing down in Australian waters, Alex Rider is taken to Sydney and immediately recruited by ASIS, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. They need him to pose as an Afghan immigrant boy to provide cover for an agent who is working to uncover information about a human smuggling operation. Alex reluctantly accepts, only because the agent is his godfather and the last person to have seen his parents alive. From the moment the teen arrives in Bangkok, virtually everything about the operation goes wrong. Narrowly escaping death, he ends up in a wooden box being smuggled to Australia and in the middle of something even more horrifying than the smuggling. All of the things that readers have come to love about Alex Rider are here: the globe-trotting settings, the ripped-from-the-headlines plot, the uncertain alliances, and the nonstop action.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.