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Alex Rider #3: Skeleton Key Award-winning

by Anthony Horowitz (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 8 - 15 years

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Night came quickly to Skeleton Key. The sun hovered briefly on the horizon, then dipped below. At once the clouds rolled in – first red, then mauve, silver, green and black as if all the colours in the world were being sucked into a vast melting pot. A single frigate bird soared over the mangroves, its own colours lost in the chaos behind it. The air hung close. Rain hung waiting. There was going to be a storm.

Sharks. Assassins. Nuclear bombs. Alex Rider’s in deep water. On an island paradise off the coast of Cuba, insane Russian General Sarov is hatching explosive plans to rewrite history the nuclear way. Teenage superspy Alex Rider has the job of stopping him. Alone, equipped with just a handful of ingenious gadgets, Alex must outwit a crafty madman’s mind, as the seconds tick down towards the end of the world.

Product Details


Alex Rider (book 3)






Walker Books Ltd

Date published

April 1st, 2005

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years plus; 10.0 points

Other details
  • 336 pages


UK edition



Anthony Horowitz

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  1. Hayley 113303

    on 8 March 2014

    Good book

    5out of 5
  2. Gruffalo 113679

    on 8 March 2014

    A wonderful book

  3. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 7 March 2014

    I love this book. I think its funny when General Sarov thought of Alex as his son and expected Alex to love him whereas Alex hated him and was trying to get away from him. The action was amazing.

  4. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 5 March 2014

    This HAS to be my favourite one of the series !

    5out of 5
  5. Bellasara 113282

    on 18 January 2014

    It was incredible

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    on 12 October 2013

    A brilliant book!!!!!!!!! Ten out of ten from me

    5out of 5
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    on 7 March 2013

    I love this Alex Rider book. Full of suspense and action

    5out of 5
  8. Avatar bat 761713

    on 5 March 2013

    Armed with a nuclear bomb General sarov is especially dangerous. His dream is to make Russia the good old country it used to be. It’s a great idea but to do it he’s going to blow the country up

    5out of 5
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    on 1 March 2012

    An amzing and truely outstanding book.

    5out of 5
  10. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 29 July 2011

    skeletons under attack for the best book in the world!

  11. Pirate2small 108060

    on 22 March 2011

    Perhaps one of the most thrilling situations in history of spy books

    5out of 5
  12. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    Gripping. My favourite character was the mad general

  13. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 March 2011

    What can i say. This book has and is everything. Thrilling story line. Mad and amazing characters Settings so realistic you have to remind yourself your not there Gadgets so original that you wonder if Mr Horowitz is in MI6! And a plot to destroy the world = an unputdownable book.

    4out of 5
  14. Petula 113689

    on 3 March 2011

    A little bit darker than the first two books, so maybe more suitable for a slightly older audience, but still a brilliant read

    5out of 5
  15. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    this book looks like one for boys but actually its really good and i am reading it at school its amazing

  16. Love stargirl 113412

    on 27 February 2011

    And the Alex Rider series just gets better and better! :O Amazing, gripping, moving, shocking and stunning, I like how there are bits that you are just thinking ‘AAARRRGGGHHH, I’ve GOT to read this or Alex will be left to die…’ or something like that. 5* book.

    5out of 5
  17. Hayley 113303

    on 25 September 2010

    i really like this book and i wish i was Alex Rider. I want to read it all over again.

    5out of 5
  18. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 18 March 2009

    I am still reading this book and it is very good

    4out of 5