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Kids get sneak preview of Anthony Horowitz novel

2nd November 2009

A children's author has allowed a group of youngsters to view the next instalment of his bestselling series.

Three children were invited by Anthony Horowitz to receive copies of Crocodile Tears, the eighth title of the Alex Rider series, as they came off the press at publisher Clays, the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press reported.

James Marshall, 10, Louis Turner, 13, and 14-year-old Kizzy Wade won a competition to read advance copies of the novel and will write reviews to be published when the book comes out on November 12th.

Horowitz said that he hopes the young readers are satisfied with his latest effort, admitting that he is a little nervous.

He told the newspaper: 'The greatest crime a writer can commit is to let down the readers. I want to make it better than the last one.'

The Alex Rider series, which includes Stormbreaker, Point Blanc and Skeleton Key, follows the adventures of a 14-year-old spy who tackles evil geniuses, Chinese triads, insane pop stars and Russian hitmen.

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