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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Alex Rider
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014241719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142417195
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–10—Alex Rider is only 14, but that hasn't stopped MI6, the British espionage organization, from recruiting him for dangerous missions. Here, Alex is enlisted in a seemingly quick and easy mission of downloading computer data while on a school trip to a lab immersed in the genetic engineering of plants. While there, he discovers a sinister plot involving a criminal turned preacher and philanthropist. As in the earlier installments, the book is chock-full of excitement and suspense from the first page to the last. It starts with a bomb at a nuclear plant in India, and along the way there is a charity black-tie card game, poison needles, car crashes, bullets, and exploding gel pens. Most of the backstory is explained, so no prior knowledge of the earlier books is necessary. Great for reluctant readers.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Alex Rider, teenage British secret service agent, returns. This time, a wealthy villain schemes to make millions by creating disasters and then pocketing the money from false relief agencies. Alex discovers the bad guy’s plan to cause famine in Africa, but he is able to expose the fake philanthropist, although he is nearly fed to hungry crocs in the process. Horowitz's series remains on top of the growing genre of YA novels that feature intelligence agencies employing teenagers. He knows how to pace a thriller and delivers one exciting scene after another. Alex Rider fans will rejoice. Grades 6-9. --Todd Morning --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Have fun with the adventure.
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Therefore, if you like action books, this suspenseful thriller will keep you guessing until the end.
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The series is good for anyone who likes adventure books.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Crocodile Tears is an excellent addition to the Alex Rider series: fast paced, tense and dead exciting. It picks up two months after Snakehead. Alex is still 14 (although only just) and believes that he's completed his last assignment for MI6.

The book starts off with a bang (literally) as a bomb is exploded in a nuclear power station in India. The action then moves to Scotland where Alex is holidaying with the Pleasure family. He attends a lavish New Year's Eve party in a remote Scottish castle hosted by wealthy philanthropist Desmond McCain, who runs an international charity, First Aid. Alex is disturbed by his first encounter by McCain and wonders if there's a connection when shortly afterwards he narrowly escapes from what he suspects to have been a deliberate car accident.

Back in London, Alex is forced to turn to MI6 for help when a journalist threatens to expose his past. In return MI6 ask him to help them investigate the director of a highly secure GM research centre. Slowly the disparate threads of the story start to come together, but will Alex be able to pass on what he knows before the bad guys catch up with him?

I thought it was an extremely exciting story, a real page turner. It is slightly darker and more complex than others in the series: this is definitely "young adult" territory, although there are also parts which are highly reminiscent of scenes in the previous books. Alex is an appealing hero who is brave and highly resourceful. He has an uncanny ability to keep his cool when he's in danger and pulls off some impressive stunts such as catching a spear in mid air.

Here are some things that parents may like to know:
- There is frequent violence in the book (similar to the previous books in this series).
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After his last book I felt like he went downhill. Arc Angel was amazing, snakehead was great, this was OK. Something I totally recognized in this book as his care taker gives him gifts he gets a "Barack Obama baseball cap" which I found odd, but brushed it off, as it went deeper into the book part of the bad guys name was "Mccain". Coincidence? + I didn't feel as if this book was as good as the others, I felt it had a bang, but not a very good one. I was able to read it in about 3 hours, and in the end I felt this book didn't go as far as the other ones did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Vesey on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Join 14-year-old Alex Rider for another white-knuckle adventure that has him nearly drowned at the bottom of a Scottish loch, poisoned by super deadly gen-modified plants, consumed by flames in a warehouse fire, and eaten alive by African crocodiles. And that's just a start. Not to fear, the boy-spy escapes with his life, but barely and fans of the series will not be disappointed. The only thing that bothered me was the attempt to Americanize the original British text. US dollars are perplexingly the accepted currency in London (except on p 331) and while the editors change "underground" to "subway," 999 to 911, and "crisps and chips" to "chips and fries," other common British words and concepts remain unconverted--"shingle," for example, in the sense of a pebble beach, or "fringe" for "bangs". It's still a good read and probably no one will be the wiser.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Chantry on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Horowitz's new book is, like all the others, well studied, well written, and hard to put down. With his characteristic style of including every detail, Horowitz delivered another action-filled, fun, and thorough book. However, I can't help but notice how he seems to follow the same track. Sure the 'bad guys' and specific circumstances are different, and certainly the Bulman situation is unique, but overall, the plot was the same as most of the others: MI6 somehow uses an impossible situation to get Alex to do a 'quick, safe' mission, it turns out to be more, he does some investigating, the 'bad guys' find him out, he gets caught, they monologue to him, he saves the day. Honestly, I think it's time for Horowitz to give us something new, like he did in Scorpia. Don't get me wrong, the book is great, and it doesn't lack for action or originality, but a new general plot-line would be refreshing.
That all said, you can look forward to some interesting relationship scenes with Alex, Tom, Jack, even Blunt. Also, as predictable as the overall plot may be, Horowitz did manage to bring in a load of new and surprising aspects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savetheearth77 on December 4, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a typical Alex Rider book. Its full of the normal imposible situations that alex gets out of. Whats great is that this is just as good as the first book. Unlike tha City of Ember or Pendragon books, this series does not get worse as it goes along. I would recomend this book to anyone. I suggest you read the other ones in the series first, but that is not necessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tech Student on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Alex Rider: Crocodile tears
By: Bob Gajusfuh
Alex Rider: Crocodile tears is written by Anthony Horowitz and is the 8th book in the Alex Rider series. It is an action/adventure book and should keep you interested the whole way. Although I think it is a great book, I don't think you should read it if you haven't read the other books in the series. I think that is good for 5th, 6th and 7th graders to read it.
Alex Rider: Crocodile tears are a book about an English teenage boy who again and again, even if sometimes he is reluctant to, gets recruited by the British CIA, M16. His uncle was a M16 agent who was shot and killed, and that is what got him to be a 14 year old agent for M16. The book starts with him at a grown up's New Year's Eve party with his friend Sabina Pleasure and his dad. He beats the host, A rich business man named Desmond Mccain in a game of poker, and then leaves. His car gets driven into the lake, and Alex just survives. M16 lures Alex back again, and sends him to a place that biologically changes plants and M16 has a bad feeling about in exchange for getting a reporter to not follow Alex. If you want to know what happens in the rest of the book, you'll have to read it.
I really liked this book because it had a lot of action, and it made me want to keep reading. If you like action books, I really think you should read this book. It will keep you captivated, and is written well. In fact, I really liked all eight books. A ninth book is coming out called Scorpia Rising, and a tenth book is going to come out called Yassen, but will not be directly related to all ten books and will not have Alex as the main character.
Alex Rider: Crocodile tears is a great book, and I think that you should read it.
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