Trucker (SE)

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The Trucker tells a story of a boy named Jack who is crazy about trucks but not about his mum’s boyfriend, Steve. On the day of Jack’s birthday, Steve gives him a surprise present, a ride with a trucker in a big rig. When an emergency situation develops, Jack then starts to see Steve in a different light.

The features of this book are:

  • The theme of stereotyping
  • The use of similes:- the light around the cab twinkled through the gloom like birthday candles
  • First person point of view
  • Technical vocabulary:- straddle, hydraulic, articulated
  • The alternatives to the word said:- muttered, called, gasped
  • The different viewpoints of the characters
  • The technical detail in the illustrations
  • The use of irony and sarcasm in the conversations

Trucker can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills:

  • Identifying stereotypes and how stereotypes influence us
  • Interpreting and analysing characters’ feelings and actions
  • Using text to support opinions
  • Identifying the different viewpoints of characters
  • Identifying change of opinion within a story

Themes covered in this book are: Personal Change, Character Education, Family

Reading Level:31+ (Bronze)

AuthorFleur Beale

SeriesSkyrider Chapters

Year Level6


Guided Reading Level30

GenreRealistic Fiction

Theme/TopicCharacter Education | Family | Personal Change

Strategy/SkillsCharacter study | Forming opinions | Point of view

Page Count32