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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Gatekeepers (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439680034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439680035
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Gatekeepers

"Younger teens who like an exciting adventure mixed with supernatural horror will thrill to Matt's story." — Voice of Youth Advocates

"A must-have for reluctant, middle-grade boys." — School Library Journal

"Horowitz truly knows his way around a plot; he keeps the tension at a nail-biting level throughout." — Kirkus Reviews

"There's no denying Horowitz's talent for creating monstrous evil and pumping up the tension with bloody details, exciting escapes, and cliff-hanging sequences." — Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gatekeepers series, Raven's Gate, Evil Star, Nightrise, and Necropolis, as well as the Alex Rider series, which includes Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Arc Angel, and Snakehead. He lives in London.

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I bought this book at the request of a friend.
Lesa Lambert
A good plot that keeps evolving, interesting and reasonably developed characters, well paced action, suspense and tension.
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Once again I find myself loving the work of Anthony Horowitz.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookmom on April 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anthony Horowitz does a great job with the 4th book in the gate keepers series. I have enjoyed all of his books so far. This books leaves you with a cliff hanger and I hope the fifth book comes out soon so I can know what happens to all of the gate keepers. I would recommend this book but make sure you read the first 3 books before this one so you do not spoil the other books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The fifth Gatekeeper, Scarlet, is paying no attention as she crosses a street in Dulwich, trying to get across to her friend Aidan. It's too late when she sees the van bearing down on her, and she's struck. But at the last possible fraction of a second before impact, she's shoved to safety by an unknown man who runs away before she can thank him or identify him.

From that moment on, Scarlet's life is turned upside down. In NECROPOLIS, the fourth installment in Anthony Horowitz's The Gatekeepers series, we finally come to know the fifth and final Gatekeeper. Unfortunately for her, she is being actively pursued by the Old Ones. Even more unfortunate, her father works for the Nightrise Corporation, the shadowy front group of the Old Ones.

Enduring their own trials and tribulations in South America, Matt and the rest of the Gatekeepers realize they must get to Scarlet before the Old Ones do, for all five are needed to win the war being waged. They make their way to England only to miss Scarlet by mere inches as she is whisked away to Hong Kong with her father.

The Nexus, protectors of the Gatekeepers, convene and agree that Matt and the rest must journey to Hong Kong and retrieve Scarlet. As they make their way and encounter deception to thwart their plans, Scarlet is imprisoned beneath the Needle. With the aid of the Triads, Matt and Scarlet prepare to flee the Needle but encounter agents of the Old Ones blocking their path, and the conclusion finds the five dispersed around the world at the precise time they are needed together, for the Old Ones are ready to strike their commanding blow.

NECROPOLIS is easily the best Gatekeepers novel thus far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VC on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love reading Anthony Horowitz's work. If you read enough of his books--which I have done--you start seeing trends in his writing style. For example, he often alludes to real-life brands for products like guns, cars, equipment, clothing, etc. He also tends to utilize characters with high power in society a lot, which was definitely prominent in the Alex Rider Series. You see that in this series numerous times as well. Another example (I find too many I want to share): Often times, Anthony Horowitz will depict his villains as ugly in some manner, probably to accentuate a character's evil vibe.

It's not that these patterns are bad--I gave the book five stars--I just point these out because an author's modus operandi is a significant aspect of his/her skills. In Anthony Horowitz's case, his modus operandi works marvelously for his stories. Necropolis is no exception. The action is exciting and engrossing, but never tiresome or repetitive. It's fast-paced. It's inventive. It's descriptive, which brings me to another point.

Without spoiling anything, Necropolis is a very suitable title for the book. While reading the book, I found myself amazed at how descriptive and imaginative Anthony Horowitz is able to write. Necro, a Greek prefix meaning death, and polis, a Greek suffix meaning city, combine to form a nightmarish scenario in the book. Anthony Horowitz conveys this nightmare. I could imagine myself witnessing his settings firsthand. This book is also slightly more ominous than the previous ones...you can just tell from the cover. Things are eerie, like straight-out-of-F.E.A.R-the-video-game-eerie. But hey, that's what makes it good.

Don't be looking for too many answers if you read this. There's still at least one book more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had a bias against Anthony Horowitz because I think his Alex Rider books are just terrible. With a teenage super-duper James Bond, involved in ludicrous plots, the books are almost insulting to the reader. Don't care how "reluctant" a reader you have, the books are unredeemable.
But then you get the Gatekeepers series. A good plot that keeps evolving, interesting and reasonably developed characters, well paced action, suspense and tension. Where did this come from?
I could see a teen getting very involved in this series, and the books are well-written enough that I would certainly encourage him to keep going. (That said, and I feel a little guilty about this advice, if you can't get your hands on books 2 and 3, that's O.K. This book 4 summarizes the action from those two well enough that you can jump into it right from Book 1. But, or course, you'll miss some fun reading if you do that.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Lamar on April 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a great book. And I think that buying it from the UK was a great choice, at least it was for me. The book has high quality paper, and the dust jacket. And if you are looking at this book it probably means you've read the books before this one in the series so I think that you'll enjoy this book just as much as the other ones.
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