Alex Rider Series

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The world’s only teen spy, Alex Rider, is one of the most popular book characters for young readers. The explosive action series aimed at 9-12 year olds was first published in 2000 and there are now more than ten books in the series as well as a prequel Russian Roulette and various graphic novel editions.

Written by bestselling British author Anthony Horowitz, the Alex Rider series has sold over 19 million copies worldwide and continues to thrill readers almost 20 years after its release. Horowitz is a master of action and crime, writing for both adults and children, including new James Bond and Sherlock Holmes novels as well as numerous TV episodes and films. Anthony Horowitz’s books have been described as “the not-so-secret weapon to get boys reading” thanks to the fast-paced plots, full of twists and cliff-hangers. 
 
Having been made into a film (Stormbreaker) in 2006, the boy spy is now gracing the small screen in the new Alex Rider TV series on Amazon Prime. The first season, based on Point Blanc (book 2), was released this year (2020), starring Otto Farrant as Alex Rider.

It’s best to start at the beginning of the series to get the back story. Stormbreakerbook 1 in the series, introduces us to 14-year-old Alex Rider, a normal teenager thrust into working for MI6 in the wake of his uncle’s suspicious death. Before he knows it, he is operating in a murky world of secret gadgets, weapons, terrorists and most of all danger. We love the Alex Rider books for their fast-paced action and nail-biting mysteries and Toppsta readers do too. Check out their five-star reviews for these exciting adventure stories, recommended for readers aged 9+. 
 
The new Alex Rider, Nightshadecame out in April 2020 and there is also a new book for this year's World Book Day – Undercover and a collection of short stories Secret Weapon.

Check out these Teachers Notes for KS2 and KS3! And if you've finished the series, check out our list of recommendations for books like Alex Rider.

All the Alex Rider books in order:

Prequel: Russian Roulette (2013)
Book 1: Stormbreaker (2000)
Book 2: Point Blanc (2001)
Book 3: Skeleton Key (2002)
Book 4: Eagle Strike (2003)
Book 5: Scorpia (2004)
Book 6: Ark Angel (2005)
Book 7: Snakehead (2007)
Book 8: Crocodile Tears (2009)
Book 9: Scorpia Rising (2011)
Book 10: Never Say Die (2017)
Book 11: Short Stories: Secret Weapon (2016)
Book 12: Nightshade (April 2020)
Book 13: Nightshade Revenge (September 2023)

PLUS: Undercover (World Book Day Title 2020)

Prequel
Prequel

Russian Roulette

The eagerly anticipated, deadly prequel to the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the prequel to the number one... MoreRussian Roulette

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Book 1
Book 1

Stormbreaker

The first action-packed adventure that started the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the first book in the num... MoreStormbreaker

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Book 2
Book 2

Point Blanc

The second mission in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the second book in the number one bestselling Alex... MorePoint Blanc

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Book 3
Book 3

Skeleton Key

The third, explosive mission in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the third book in the number one bestsel... MoreSkeleton Key

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Book 4
Book 4

Eagle Strike

The fourth, thrilling episode in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the fourth book in the number one bests... MoreEagle Strike

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Book 5
Book 5

Scorpia

Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series!The deadly fifth mission in the number one bestselling Alex Rider se... MoreScorpia

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Book 6
Book 6

Ark Angel

The action-packed sixth adventure in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the sixth book in the number one be... MoreArk Angel

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Book 7
Book 7

Snakehead

Undercover in a poisonous world, teen spy Alex Rider is back for his seventh adrenalin-rush adventure!In the seventh boo... MoreSnakehead

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Book 8
Book 8

Crocodile Tears

Alex Rider's eighth, adrenaline fueled adventure in the number one bestselling series.In the eighth book in the number o... MoreCrocodile Tears

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Book 9
Book 9

Scorpia Rising

The dark and shocking conclusion to the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.In the final book in the number one bes... MoreScorpia Rising

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Book 10
Book 10

Never Say Die

Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one bestselling series.In this brand new, action-p... MoreNever Say Die

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Book 11 (Short Stories)
Book 11 (Short Stories)

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

An essential collection of seven explosive Alex Rider stories by number one bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz. Ever ... MoreAlex Rider: Secret Weapon

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Book 12
Book 12

Nightshade

Get ready for action, adrenaline and adventure in this explosive, brand new Alex Rider mission by bestselling author, An... MoreNightshade

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Book 13
Book 13

Nightshade Revenge

When his best friend Tom is abducted, Alex Rider is given an ultimatum by Nightshade – a sinister cult of assassins with... MoreNightshade Revenge

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World Book Day
World Book Day

Alex Rider Undercover: Four Secret Files

Go undercover into the secret world of teen super spy Alex Rider in this explosive collection of action-packed short sto... MoreAlex Rider Undercover: Four Secret Files

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Book 21
Book 21

Snakehead: The Graphic Novel

A bold and striking graphic novel adaptation of the seventh novel in Anthony Horowitz's acclaimed Alex Rider series.Teen... MoreSnakehead: The Graphic Novel

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Book 22
Book 22

Skeleton Key Graphic Novel

A stylish new edition of the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Alex Rider's third thrilling mission.The hazy days of... MoreSkeleton Key Graphic Novel

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Book 23
Book 23

Point Blanc Graphic Novel

A stylish new edition of the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Alex Rider's second thrilling mission.Investigations ... MorePoint Blanc Graphic Novel

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Book 24
Book 24

Stormbreaker Graphic Novel

A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's very first missio... MoreStormbreaker Graphic Novel

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Book 26
Book 26

Eagle Strike Graphic Novel

A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's fourth mission.Re... MoreEagle Strike Graphic Novel

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Book 26
Book 26

Ark Angel: The Graphic Novel

Alex Rider is in hospital and determined to put his spying days behind him. But he is forced back into action when the v... MoreArk Angel: The Graphic Novel

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Book 27
Book 27

Scorpia Graphic Novel

A bold and stylish graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's fifth mission.In the fifth book in the number one bestselling Alex... MoreScorpia Graphic Novel

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    Love the book, I love the illustrations. 

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