Friday 30 July 2010

The Alex Rider Gadget Academy competition

By the end of today I will be one whole week into my school summer holiday, and am I bored yet? Of course I'm not. I have far too many books to read, friends to see, jobs to do around the house, films to catch up on, wii to play on... there simply isn't the time to get bored. However, I do know that some of my friends' kids are already moaning about having little to do (even after a full day of activities) so I thought that over the next week I would highlight a few book releated activities that may appeal to bored children.

First up is this great Alex Rider themed contest that is being run by Walker Books in association with the Young Times. The Alex Rider Gadget Academy was launched earlier this month and offers Alex Rider fans the opportunity to design a new gadget for Alex’s next and last mission. The winner of this great Gadget Academy competition will have their gadget featured in the 9th and last Alex Rider mission, Scorpia Rising, and their name will be credited in the book as the designer. How cool is that? The winner will also receive a copy of the book and a print of their gadget design. There will be runners up prizes too of an e-reader loaded with the first three Alex Rider books and Stormbreaker ebooks as well.

There are a few key rules you have to follow though:

Your gadget must be an everyday item — something that Alex would be likely to carry in the field.

It has to be non-lethal. Mr Blunt forbids Alex to use any covert weapon that can harm or kill. Useful, fun and not too bloody, please.

Don’t worry about your drawing skills; it’s the idea that counts. You can draw or produce your gadget on a computer but it must be your original idea and it must be in colour. Give it a name and tell us how it works.

All entries must be received by midnight on September 3.

You must be aged 16 or under to enter.
Oh well, that last rule means I can't enter! You can find out more about this great competition at the Gadget Academy website including details about where to send your entries. Have fun and good luck!


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