Crocodile Tears: Alex Rider #8 by Anthony HorowitzSpy/Thriller
Alex is growing up, getting both wiser and more cynical. This book starts the same way they all start-Alex is hopeful that MI6 won't use him anymore and he can finally be a normal teenager. After all, they promised. Again! This time around, though, Alex has to seek their help when an over-zealous reporter threatens to blow his cover as super-spy. Alex is turning into a young man and his relationships are growing and changing and seeing this new aspect of him is a great lead into the next book in the series.
This book starts with a bang in the very first chapter. It grabs you and doesn't let you go until the very last chapter. I love this series! I have since the very first one and I'm so glad I've stuck around because they keep getting better and better. While you don't have to read these books in order, you don't want to start with this one. There's too much water under the bridge so to truly appreciate the story and Alex's reactions, go back to the first one and start a new adventure. You wont' be sorry.
These book aren't 'kiddie' in any way. They have very mature plots, situations, decision and yet they are not inappropriate for younger readers.