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Today, you will try some activities based on the book, 'The Midnight' Fox by Betsy Byars.

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Read the extract from the book below, thinking about what is happening and the characters you meet:

  • What do you think is happening in this extract?
  • Who are the central characters?
  • Can you summarise what you’ve read in a couple of sentences?


Think about the narrator Tom and his friend Petie.


  • What do you think you know about them, their friendship, the circumstances of this meeting, and what is about to happen in the story?
  • What can you tell about Tom’s life?
  • How would you describe him?
  • How do you think he feels about going to the farm?
  • Where and when do you think this story might be set?
  • What clues do you find in the text?


Re-read the extract and think about how this story opening makes you feel.


  • What do you like or dislike about it?
  • Does it remind you of anything you know from stories or real life? How?


Think about how it is written.


  • Do any parts really stick in your mind?
  • Which words and phrases do you like best?
  • What do you like about them?
  • Do they look or sound interesting?
  • Do they help you make a picture in your mind?