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Space Ark

by Rob Childs

ISBN: 9781908713117

Ben and his family are walking in the woods when they are blinded by a dazzling light.

Ben wakes up to find they have been abducted by aliens. He and his wife Anne are in a space zoo! But there is no sign of their son Jack, who is in even greater danger from the aliens.

Will Ben and Anne be able to escape from the zoo and rescue Jack before it is too late?

Look Inside

Read the first two chapters:

What do you think?

The book includes ‘What do you think?’ questions that will help readers to better empathize with the characters of the story and questions that encourage personal reflection, such as:

  • What are some good ways to help someone you are worried about?

  • Ben says, ‘We have no choice.’ What does it feel like to have no choice? Or do we always have choices?

  • What is the difference between choosing to stay out of a fight and being a coward?

  • What are some good ways to cope with living or working with people you don’t like?

  • Have you seen anything in nature that left you feeling amazed? What’s the most awe inspiring thing you’ve ever seen?

Themes in the book

Readers could be encouraged to discuss and reflect on the following themes:

  • nature conservation and zoos

  • helping other people

  • coping with being locked up

  • leadership and team work

  • trusting other people, ensuring other people can trust you

  • looking out for people who are more vulnerable than you

  • being a good parent

  • the importance of family

  • choice and personal responsibility

About the author

Rob Childs has written over seventy books, mainly aimed at young people. He is a former teacher and has trained at the Dyslexia Institute. He enjoys writing books about sport, particularly football, and science fiction. Rob’s best-known books are those in ‘The Big Match’ and ‘Soccer Mad’ series, plus the ‘Time Rangers stories about time-travelling footballers.