Over the past few months I have been tutoring a middle school boy. Now, really I am more of a beginning reader expert, but lately I've had to brush up on my middle grade reading. Fortunately there are many great books for middle school readers. In fact, some of my favorite chapter books are young adult fiction. Perhaps it's because that was the time in my life where my love for reading really grew or maybe I'm just drawn to coming of age stories. Whatever the reason, I'm kind of liking catching up on some non picture book reads.

Recently I came back across a series I read as a result of a children's literature class I took about 8 years ago. The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. The story begins with Stormbreaker, the story fourteen year old Alex Rider who's Uncle Ian recently died in an unfortunate accident. Upon further investigation Alex discovered that Ian was really a spy for a British agency called M16, who wants Alex to go undercover at Sayle Enterprises to figure out what Ian Rider had learned about the upcoming release of the new Stormbreaker gaming system. Information that had gotten Ian Rider killed.

Written on a seventh grade reading level, Stormbreaker is action packed and entertaining for children ages 12** and up. Your middle school reader is sure to get hooked on this series.

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)
By Anthony Horowitz

**(I say 12 and up because it is a little violent, but I caution that I am a mother of an almost five year old and 2 year old, and teacher of kindergarteners so what I think is violent, might not actually be that violent).