Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz
Rating: * * * *
Somewhere between James Bond and The Hunger Games
Thrown headlong into the world of MI6 and covert intelligence, 14 year old Alex’s mission is to investigate a philanthropist who seems too good to be true. Complete with gadgets and super-secret communication channels, Alex’s adventure speeds along with just the right mix of details, background, and hyperbole to make it enjoyable for its target audience, teenagers, as well as adults.
Being generally behind the times on movies, I have just learned a movie was released in 2006 based on this book. After checking out a trailer for the movie, I can say with confidence that the movie is vastly different from the book.
As seen in the park:
Two little kids, one with Heidi-of-the-Alps braids and the other with a hat that meant business, outfitted with tyke-sized backpacks (complete with carabiner clips), and walking sticks. They set out on an exploration of the park, leaving no stone or garter snake unexamined. Love it!