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The Midnight Fox (Faber Childrens Classics) Paperback – 3 Aug 2006


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Rev Ed edition (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571231055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571231058
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'And then, this afternoon', Uncle Fred said to me, 'you and I'll go after the fox'.

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Betsy Byars was born in North Carolina, USA. Her father worked in a cotton mill, and Betsy went to school in a cotton-mill village. Her early aspirations were to work with animals, but then she married an engineering lecturer and moved to Illinois. Housebound with young children, Betsy began writing articles for newspapers and magazines. As the children started to read, so she began to write stories for them. Using her own children's experience, and memories from her own childhood, she produced many children's books. She now lives in South Carolina.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MD on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Simply put this is one of the best books for young children ever written. There is an element of bias to take into account in that statement, due to the fact that as a young lad I had the chance to meet the author at a school visit and went on to read all her books. But the fact that as a middle aged bloke I can still remember the story in detail, the way it made me feel and the love of reading it helped to instill, speaks volumes.

This is the best of Byars books. It has equal appeal to girls and boys - something that is fairly rare and difficult to achieve - and would be enjoyed by children across a wide age range. The language used is sensitive and vivid, with characters developed fully and in a way that we don't often see even in novels of fuller length. The story deals with the every day and the extra-ordinary, building up to a crescendo that has you on the edge of your seat. The ending simultaneously fills you with relief and melancholy and ensures that you go away thinking about what you have just read.

In an age when electronic distractions mean it is harder than ever to get children to sit down with a real book, 'The Midnight Fox' reminds us why it is more important than ever to do just that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natyjane on 10 Oct. 2010
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I ordered this book to use with my class of 10 and 11 year olds this term and to say it has been a success is an understatement! As our topic is the USA, the novel was just what I was looking for, being set in the USA and also written by an American author. Knowing very little about the book other than what I had read in other reviews prior to ordering, I was slightly anxious that it would not be as good as suggested. However my class have been riveted by the book and have pleaded with me to read more of it each day when I said we were stopping at a particular point.

From a teaching point of view, the text has provided opportunities for drama (including freeze-framing and hot seating), journalistic writing, poetry and diary writing to name but a few. Perhaps the most successful activity though was when we held a class debate to decide the fate of the fox! Thankfully the ending is not as sad as my class (or me come to that) had feared.

I took this book on holiday with me in the summer and as soon as I had finished it my 12 year old son had his head in it!
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This was a pleasant enough book with some good elements of humour and some thought-provoking moments too. As a teacher, I have used this as part of my class 5's literacy work but unfortunately I found that the children did not engage with the story as well as I did. The story ambles along at a gentle pace and some of the events are rather padded out. I loved the personality and humour of Tom's BFF - Petie Burkis and I also liked Tom's tendency to get side-tracked and talk about irrelevancies such as how he'd like to invent a new colour one day - unfortunately, my class did not appreciate either the humour or the irrelevancies and found it rather tedious. The fox does not actually make an appearance until chapter 5 and even then it is a very uneventful entrance which was a little deflating for the listener. The story describes Tom's journey through his initial reluctance to stay on a farm, to his complete absorption with the life of a black fox and her cub. It did offer some excellent opportunities for drama, character analysis and debate but in hindsight I can see that, from a child's perspective, the book lacks excitement. It is a gentle story of a boy's gradual connection with nature but whilst I would probably recommend it from an adult's point of view, I suspect it is one of those books a child might read only a chapter or two of before putting down and never returning to.
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! A nice short novel at just 144 pages.

A young boy of ten is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle on a farm for a few weeks whilst his parents take a trip to Europe. He's pretty shy and lonely to begin with - only really having one friend who can't go with him. He appears to be disinterested in the farm and animals and does not wish to go, and is not looking forward to the vacation. However; after a few short boring days, he discovers a black fox and cubs and is not only fascinated, but begins to search for her Den and then to protect her from his uncle who wishes to shoot her.

This may seem like a story with a predictable ending - but it isn't. It's sensitively written with lots of anticipation, including many facets of the boy's personality that will have you recollecting similar traits when one was a child oneself.

A delightful read, dotted here and there with rather simple illustrations that will 'break' up the chapters.

Lovely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wilson on 18 Feb. 2012
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One of the best children's books ever written. It will bring tears to some eyes. It is wonderful for an adult to read to a child. I read it to more than one class and they all loved it. Quite an emotional read. Highly recommended.
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This book is very loved by all 3 of my boys...all read it at school and it has been the only thing on my 10 yr olds xmas list that hasnt changed. He has read it at school and as a library book so now its a stocking filler. It came within less than a week, immaculate condition, and I am looking forward to seeing my sons ace on Xmas morning...I wont hear a peep til boxing day.
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