Nitty Gritty 0: Robert the Rat

Billbrough, Norman

Nitty Gritty 0: Robert the Rat

By Billbrough, Norman
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A metal detector was the last thing that Josh wanted. 'I want a rat for my birthday.'

All Josh can think about is the pet rat he desperately wants for his birthday. Toby at school has a rat so why can't he? But Grandad wants to get him a metal detector like his own. It's embarrassing enough having to dig the holes at the beach for Grandad, let alone scavenging himself. They never find anything but junk anyway. And there's one other little hurdle to overcome – Mum cannot stand rats.

Wellington-based writer Norman Bilbrough has written numerous stories for young people and has twice won the Sunday Star Times short story competition. In 1999, he was Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury and in 2000 won the New Zealand section of the International PEN competition. His young adult novel The Birdman Hunts Alone was a finalist in the AIM Book Awards senior fiction category in 1995.
What Nitty Gritty brings to your classroom:
  • High interest, rich texts with themes relevant and of interest to young adolescents
  • Stimulating and engaging discussion prompts, and activities focusing on key critical literacy areas including author purpose, power of language, characterisation, bias, point of view and more.
  • Cutting-edge design and text layout to engage young adult readers
  • Text written by a range of local and international authors including Diana Noonan, Jillian Sullivan, William Taylor, Stu Duval, Tina Shaw, John Lockyer, Glynne MacLean and more
  • a range of genres: mystery, adventure, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and contemporary fiction
  • Different social and cultural perspectives, strong themes and messages to spark discussion. and encourage the questioning, challenging and deconstructing of texts
  • Gatefold back covers with critical literacy discussion prompts for literature circles.
Target audience
Suitable for upper primary.