Star Thief (SE)

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Star Thief is an action packed story that children will enjoy reading. The book tells a tale of a boy named Ricky who is crazy about space rocks, so the exhibition of space junk at the museum is a dream come true. However, when the famous Coyote meteorite goes missing from the exhibition, his dream turns into a nightmare as he tries to solve the mystery and find the thief.

The features of the book are:

  • Specialised vocabulary- meteorite, asteroid, gravitational pull, comet, diamond saw
  • The introduction of clues to assist both the characters and the reader
  • The atmosphere of suspense
  • The use of italics for the main character’s thoughts

Star Thief can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills:

  • Relating events in a story to students’ own experiences
  • Discussing issues that arise in a text
  • Exploring how an author introduces clues in amystery story
  • Writing newspaper reports
  • Rewriting text in different genres
  • Discussing text to generate further questions.
  • Looking at the consequences of characters’ actions.

Themes covered in this book are: Problem Solving, Adventure

Reading Level:31+ (Bronze)

AuthorNorman Bilbrough

SeriesSkyrider Chapters

Year Level6


Guided Reading Level30

GenreRealistic Fiction

Theme/TopicAdventure | Problem Solving

Strategy/SkillsDrawing conclusions | Making connections | Making inferences | Text structure

Page Count32