Penguin is proud to present Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure (#8) by the world-renowned screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz available on November 17th, 2009.

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The Alex Rider Adventures by Anthony Horowitz have already spent over a year on the New York Times best seller list and sold 12 million copies in English alone, with sales of over 5 million in the US.  The next installment of this flagship action series for boys Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure (#8) by Anthony Horowitz (Philomel Books, 9780399250569, $17.99, fiction, 388 pages, ages 10 and up) will be published on November 17, 2009 followed by a 10-day national tour by Anthony Horowitz and tween boys just can’t wait.  There is an announced first printing of 350,000 copies.

This past July, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times included the Alex Riders Adventures on his “The Best Kids’ Books Ever” list: “These are modern British spy thrillers in which things keep exploding in a very satisfying way.  Alex amounts to a teenage James Bond for the 21st century.”  Since day one, tween boys have been gobbling up each thrilling chapter in the life of Alex Rider and as a result, Alex has even made it onto the radar of Stephen King.  The Los Angeles Times lauded Anthony Horowitz as having an “Ian Fleming-esque talent for dreaming up timely, imaginative, and far-out plots.”

Alex Rider is a reluctant teenage spy who works for Britain’s MI6 and unlike James Bond, does not have a license to kill.  Instead, he uses his wits and cool gadgets to incapacitate the bad

guys.  Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure (#8) feels ripped from the headlines, with a charity broker con artist raising millions of dollars in donations, only to invest them in a form of  genetically modified wheat that has the power to release an airborne strain of virus so powerful, it

can knock out an entire country in one windy day – a catastrophe so far-reaching that it would raise millions of dollars more in charitable donations, all of which would be embezzled by one man. The antidote? Alex Rider, of course, who survives gunfire, explosions, and hand-to-combat with mercenaries – just another day in the life of an average teen super-spy kid.

About Anthony Horowitz:

Anthony Horowitz ( is a world-renowned screenwriter for television and film, a playwright, and the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Alex Rider AdventuresCrocodile Tears is the eighth title in this blockbuster series, which has also spawned a major motion picture and a line of graphic novels.  Anthony lives in London with his wife Jill, and their two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.

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