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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Alex Rider Adventure
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142406120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142406120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Powerful, privileged and screwed up, 16 boys in a boarding school suddenly turn into model students. It's up to 14-year-old Alex Rider to find out why and to face the maniacal man who has engineered it all in a bid to take over the world in Point Blank: An Alexander Rider Adventure by Anthony Horowitz, the follow-up to last year's Stormbreaker.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-10-After two influential businessmen die in separate freak accidents, MI6, England's spy network, once again calls upon 14-year-old Alex Rider to infiltrate Point Blanc, a private school in the French Alps for out-of-control, wealthy teens. Armed only with his wits and some 007-type devices, he stumbles upon an evil mad scientist's plot to take over the world using clones as replacements for prominent sons. Spy gadgets, chase scenes, mysteries, and a cliff-hanger ending will keep even reluctant readers interested in the second novel in this series. Familiarity with the first novel is not necessary as the plot fills in past information when needed, but many students will want to go back and read Stormbreaker (Philomel, 2001) to see how Alex first became involved with MI6.
Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Bravo for Alex Rider!!!
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Purchased this for my 11 year old son and he loves the series!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on July 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Alex Rider, the youngest spy ever recruited and forced into service by MI6--Great Britain's premiere espionage agency, returns in POINT BLANK with a vengeance. Only a few days have passed since Alex's last adventure when he helped catch the man responsible for murdering his uncle, Ian Rider, who had also been a spy. His excuses, a doctor's note no one quite believes, have barely been made before he's spirited off by Alan Blunt and Mrs. Jones, the head of Special Operations. Two deaths of rich and powerful men, one of them a personal friend of Blunt's, have triggered an investigation into the matter of those deaths. One man was killed violently while the other, a VERY careful man, apparently died by an unfortunate accident. The common denominator: both men had problem children, sons that were sent to a new school in France called Point Blanc. Blunt assigns Alex to infiltrate the school on a Search and Report mission. Once there, Alex discovers that the boys attending the school are all eerie, all acting like little puppets who answer every command of the creepy Dr. Hugo Grief and Mrs. Stellenbosch. In no time at all, Alex Rider fourteen year old spy extraordinaire is once more facing a grim and certain death if he doesn't use every ounce of cunning and intelligence he possesses.
Anthony Horowitz is a novelist and TV writer. In addition to the two Alex Rider novels he's written (STORMBREAKER and POINT BLANK), he's also penned THE DEVIL AND HIS BOY, a historical thriller, THE DEVIL'S DOOR-BELL, NIGHT OF THE SCORPION, THE SILVER CITADEL, and short story collections, DEATH WALKS TONIGHT and MYTHS AND LEGENDS. He's written television scripts for POIROT and MIDSUMMER MURDERS, and recently created two television series for the BBC.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Alex Rider is a fourteen year old M-I6 agent that must save the world for the second time. At the academy for rich teenagers that attend at the age of fourteen there is something going on. To very rich men were mysteriously murdered. Both of them men sent the kids to the academy. There is something linking the two. Alex is sent in to figure it out. He is sent in as a student at the academy. He must act as normal as he can and be just like the others. Right when Alex gets to the school he notices that there is something fishy is going on. The kids are acting really weird. They are acting as if they were some sort of slaves, or under a spell. Alex knows he must figure out what is going on. He starts investigating. As he does the mystery reveals itself more and more. What he figures out is that the man that runs the school (Dr. Grief) is trying to take over the world. His plan is to switch out the wealthiest and most powerful men's kids with the clones he made fourteen years ago. He has a plastic surgeon to make them look just like the kids that he is replacing them with. He has made sixteen clones, this way he can have sixteen of the most powerful families at his command making him the most powerful man in the world. After Alex is figuring this all out, his cover is blown. Dr. Grief figures out who he is and takes him hostage. Alex must escape even though it is very dangerous. In the end when Dr. Grief is in a helicopter getting ready to perform his plan, Alex drives a snow mobile after running from Grief's men, he jumps off at the last second so that the snow mobile goes off the jump and is like a makeshift missile and flies right into Dr. Grief's helicopter. I really liked this book. There was tons of action in it. I also really liked the mystery in the book.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Point Blank is one of the best books I have ever read. Some of the other books I have enjoyed are Stormbreaker also by Anthony Horowitz and the animorphs series by K.A. Applegate.
Point Blank starts like any other book with a child as the main character. The catch is that Alex Rider is no ordinary kid, he works for MI6. Yeah that's right, the same organization James Bond works for. Anyway, you know how Bond films always have a little "mission" at the beginning and Point Blank in no exception. I'm not going to tell you what it is but it is really cool. After he receives a call from MI6, he has a new mission.
Something is going on at a private correctional school in France called Point Blanc, they want Alex to find out what. However, Point Blanc only takes the sons of the super-rich or ultra-powerful. Because of that, Alex must disguise himself as a billionaire's delinquent son. While he is doing that he receives all of his gadgets for the upcoming mission. A CD player that turns into a saw and a book that shoots poison darts, to name a few. Once at Point Blanc Alex discovers that there is a mysterious "project Gemini" happening. He also makes a friend named James. Then one night he hears screaming in the hallways, but when he goes to see what happened there is nobody there.
This is not the end of the book but I am not going to tell you any more. If you want to find out read the book. This is a hair-raising spine- tingling adventure with a great ending. I really liked this book because it kept me guessing right up until the end where everything is neatly sorted out. Watch out James Bond. Alex Rider is the new star.
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