Nov 5, 2013

November Young Reader Review: ALEX RIDER series by Anthony Horowitz

One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is conducting the monthly Young Reader Reviews. These interviews have served as a wonderful reminder that the people we are writing for, despite their young ages, have opinions and ideas and suggestions that authors would be wise to heed! And time and time again, I have been blown away by what these young readers have to say. Their answers are always fun, and very often surprising!

Today’s Young Reader Review comes to us from Joshua. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! ☺
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Hi, Joshua! Thank you so much for joining us today. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Joshua, and I’m in sixth grade. I’m 12 years old.

What types of books do you enjoy reading?

I read Middle Grade and YA. Fiction is my favorite, and I read of lot of mysteries, adventures, and books with lots of action. I read nonfiction if I need to study for school or want to learn about something.

Fiction is my favorite, too! What is your favorite genre?

My favorite books have tons of adventure and action.

I know it is hard to pick a favorite book of all time, but tell us about your current favorite.

I like the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. It’s about a 14-year-old secret agent for the British Secret Service (M16). All the books in the series are different, but Alex gets in a lot of scrapes and helps you figure out a mystery in each book. Spy books are really interesting.
Are there any kinds of books that you would like to see more of?

More action or adventure or spy books would be awesome!

Hear that, children’s authors? Thanks for the insider tip, Joshua! ☺ If you could meet any author in the world, past or present, WHO would it be, and WHY?

I would like to meet Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games series. I like that series a lot too. It would be cool to ask her where she gets her ideas.

I agree—she is such a talented author! What do you think is important for authors to know about their readers?

If your book has a lot of action or adventure, it’s probably going to attract more boys.

That is great advice, Joshua! I know my boys enjoy those types of books the most, too. What kinds of stories do you enjoy writing?

I like writing all kinds of stories. I draw comics sometimes too. I like to make picture books because you can write and illustrate them, but I like making longer books too.

That is so awesome, Joshua! I would love to read one of your books one day! Is there anything else you would like to share with us about books or reading?

Not really, besides the fact that reading books is fun and lights up my imagination. Thanks for having me, Mrs. Shillington.

Thanks again for joining us today, Joshua. It was such a pleasure to have you with us! Happy Reading (and Happy Writing, too)!


  1. Great interveiw, Joshua! I think I've read one of the Rider books, but it was a while back. I should look into getting them for when my son gets older.

    1. I think my boys will like these books, too. I love getting book suggestions from kids!

  2. Joshua is an AWESOME reader, the kind writers dream of. I can see him going on to reading older spy thrillers, detective stories, and more. Never stop, Joshua.

  3. It sounds like Joshua is a future author. :) I look forward to seeing HIS books someday! Becky, these are great!


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