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Skeleton Key: The Graphic Novel (Alex Rider) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Alex Rider
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254185
  • ASIN: B003IWYJVI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,469,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Is there a single innovative moment in this graphic adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s third novel of teen super-spy Alex Rider? Not really, no. From the “pre-credits” sequence to the Bondian gadgets, from the megalomaniacal villain with a penchant for explaining things to the nuclear bomb–defusing climax, even the most inexperienced spy-fiction reader is likely to see what’s coming next. Does the adaptation contain any real substance or insight? Oh, come now. When the orphaned 14-year-old notes that he may lack a proper family but at least he gets to sun himself in five-star hotels, you can rest assured they’ve given up human drama in favor of bang-up action set-pieces. Does it have a place in your collection? Absolutely. It will be much enjoyed by those looking for a lightweight adventure with a high body count, a propulsive (though wordy) plot, and well-choreographed action rendered in capable illustration. Such readers might also be directed to Charlie Higson’s more thoughtful and involving Young Bond series, which is due to be adapted into graphic-novel form in 2010. Grades 7-10. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz lives in London, England.

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This is a comic book.
NM Mom
I highly recommend this for reluctant or struggling readers.
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And I kept it in a book shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Wheeler on February 10, 2011
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This one is enough to make you hate every bit of arrogant posturing that some Russians have ever pulled off. The contrast even in temperament and personality type between the nemesis - a former Soviet general - and Alex is truly striking, and is made all the more so by the general's surprising request to adopt Alex as his son to replace the son he lost in Afghanistan. To put it in a nutshell, the general admires what Alex does - he is every whit as versatile as the general's late son - but in the end rejects what Alex is, with tragic consequences. Oh, and along the way Western Europe almost becomes a radioactive wasteland - because the general would have it so (and wants Alex to acquiesce, one way or another).

In other words, I loved this graphic novel, so I won't give away any more of its plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NM Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2009
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My son (11) received 3 of these for Xmas. He read them all in a day. He LOVES them, but he told me there was a lot of violence. This is a comic book. He has the regular books. I am hoping that reading these comic books will inspire him to read the full written version. We'll see...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 20, 2010
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Skeleton Key: The Graphic Novel provides a vivid Alex Rider action story in full color where the teen superspy is sent to Skeleton Key - an island near Cuba - to thwart an insane Russian. Intrigue and manga-style art contribute to this third Alex Rider adventure for all ages.
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I'm really enjoying these Alex Rider Graphic Novels. The manga style artwork is very suited to the over the top aspects of the story and the translation to the graphic novel format is solid. I have no problem following the story and the action is well done.

Alex Rider finds himself pulled back into Mi6 duty, this time on a 'holiday' in Cuba to investigate a rogue KGB agent. He's playing the son of two American CIA agents to gain access to the island on the pretense of a family vacation. What he finds on the quay ("Skeleton Key") forces him to race against the clock to stop a madman from detonating a nuclear bomb that will annihilate most of Europe.

As with all of Horowitz' stories, other cultures (especially American) are completely derided and skewed, almost in a stereotypical manner (the petty wealthy megalomaniac with a small mind was American, the emotionless, determined, soldier general a Russian, etc. etc.). Cultures fare no better in this book but that's all the fun, sending up anyone against the British empire. Making the villains 007 cartoony keeps the read light and fun and within the realm of obvious fiction.

The illustrations are consistent and strong, with full color panels well assembled to keep the story moving. At no time do I lost the story or am unable to follow what is going on (as happens so easily with graphic novel translations). Of course, the fun is to see how Alex will use the gadgets he's given to get out of bad situations.

In all, a really fun serious for boys and girls alike.
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By Campmom on August 12, 2014
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My 11 year old loves graphic novels. This looked intriguing and the reviews sounded great. So glad I purchased. He loved it. I recommend this for reluctant readers. Any boy who struggles with reading or does not like to read, hand them an appropriate graphic novel. My son's teacher said, "Who cares at this point that it is a graphic novel, he is reading!" So true.
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