Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz

I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this newest title in the incredibly popular upper middle grade Alex Rider series! This title just released yesterday, October 10, 2017 and I already have the book ready to be put into the hands of my middle school readers!

Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz
(Philomel Books ~ October 10, 2017)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alex Rider is BACK! This is the perfect book to bring older readers back to this series, or to get new readers excited about it. Spy fiction at its finest.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this title.

Book Description

Never Say Die coverAlex Rider is back in action! His new mission? Rescue an entire bus filled with children belonging to wealthy families. At stake are not only the lives of each child, but the very future of the terrorist organization known as SCORPIA. Thrilling action and pulse-pounding heroics make the pages fly.

The world’s greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organization SCORPIA. Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA. With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email–just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down. Yet SCORPIA knows Alex’s weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot–one that will determine the lives of many. From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth. The #1 New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne, is back with a vengeance! 


This middle grade (grades 5-9) series began over 15 years ago, but the allure of Alex Rider and his high-voltage and action-packed adventures has not diminished. Overall as a series, it has proven to be a winner with middle grade readers……and with me as an adult! I’m a sucker for James Bond and Jason Bourne and I get just as sucked into Alex Rider’s stories as I do the adult titles.

In Alex’s latest adventure, he evades death so many times I can’t even count, and manages to keep me on the edge of my seat despite knowing that of COURSE he ends up okay. Because he’s Alex Rider. And because Horowitz has already given us a teaser for the next installment coming in Summer 2018, which is going to be incredibly difficult to wait for! This installment really covers the entire realm of what makes spy novels so enticing ~ international travel, international intrigue, ships, helicopters, guns, bombs, car crashes, train crashes, poison…..and MORE.

I love that Horowitz has brought Alex back, and I love that I can use the buzz over this newest title to get new middle school readers hooked on the series.

This series is highly recommended for any classroom or library grades 5 and up. Do a book talk, make a display, talk up the DANGER ~ get kids hooked. Because once they start, they’ll want to read all 11 of the books!

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz ( is a world-renowned screenwriter for film Horowitzand television, having received multiple awards. And he is, of course, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider novels, which have spawned a major motion picture and a line of graphic novels. Anthony was also commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write two Sherlock Holmes novels, the critically-acclaimed The House of Silk and Moriarty. Most recently he was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, incorporating never-before-published material from 007’s creator. Anthony lives with his wife in London, England; they are parents to two grown boys. He will be touring the US for the publication of NEVER SAY DIE.

There was just an excellent interview with Horowitz in Publishers Weekly as well – check it out!

If you can’t get enough of this book, check out all of the stops on this blog tour!

Week One:
October 2 – YA Book Nerd – Review
October 4 – The Keepers of the Books – Review
October 5 – Bookstorm Reads – Creative: Favorite Alex Rider Gadgets
October 6 – Hello Jenny Reviews – Promo: Photo
Week Two:
October 9 – Through the Open Window – Review
October 10 – Buttermybooks – Creative: Outfit Inspiration from Cover
October 11 – The Loud Library Lady – Review
October 12 – YA Books Central – Excerpt with giveaway
October 13 – Never Too Many to Read – Creative: Spotlight on book series
Week Three:
October 16 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review
October 17 – Doodle Mom’s Homeschooling Life – Review
October 18 – BigScreenBooks – Review
October 19 –  Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Spy Kit essentials (what every spy must keep in their bag)
October 20 – Avid Reader – Travel Guide to Egypt

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