Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

These questions can help your students delve deeper into the popular young-adult novel ''Stormbreaker'', building up class discussion and analysis skills.


Stormbreaker is a 2000 young-adult novel by British author Anthony Horowitz. It is the first book of the Alex Rider series, in which we are introduced to the main protagonist of the series. As a popular novel, students should have little trouble diving into Stormbreaker, but these discussion questions can help you direct their engagement and build up literary analysis skills.

Questions about Characters and Plot

  • How does Stormbreaker begin? What does this introduction do to set the tone of the novel? How does it introduce us to the main protagonist? What do we learn about Alex Rider from the first sections of the book? How would you describe this character?
  • Why does Alex begin to doubt the story behind his uncle's death? What are the clues that he uncovers? How does he discover the truth? How does this set up Alex's potential as a spy? Why does MI6 decide to train Alex?
  • How are we introduced to Sayle? What are our first impressions of Sayle? Why do you think Ian started to suspect Sayle? Why does Alex?
  • What does Alex's training consist of? How did the opening parts of the book prepare us to believe that Alex can handle this training? What does this training tell us about the sorts of challenges that MI6 expects Alex to face?
  • How does Alex's undercover mission go? What does he discover? How is he able to learn the truth about Sayle? What challenges does he face? How does he overcome these challenges?
  • What do you think of Sayle's plan? How has our understanding of his plan changed throughout the novel? How has our understanding of Sayle changed? How might he have better handled the trauma from his past?
  • What have we learned about Alex by the climax of the novel? How has he grown as a character? How does this set up the climax? What must Alex do to resolve the conflict? How is the conflict resolved? What did you think about this?
  • How does Stormbreaker bring its major plot threads to a conclusion? What elements are not concluded? Why? How might this influence what happens to Alex next?

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