Unsolved Mysteries by Keith West


Unsolved Mysteries by Keith West

What did happen to the crew of the Marie Celeste? And is there really a Loch Ness monster? Read about nine unsolved mysteries including an abandoned ship; unfathomable escapes; disappearing boats and planes; a time traveller and even signs of life on other planets. Can you tell the facts from the fiction to work out what really happened? *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the engaging images for each mystery. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.


'Boys were very excited and I haven't seen boys of this ability as engaged in their reading. Students had no idea what a gladiator was and were impressed when they found out. All wanted to be gladiators by the end of it! Much better than the competition.'

'At the end of the session, three boys asked if they could take Lone Wolf home. This has never happened before.'

'Students loved Lone Wolf. The pace was good and they enjoyed the illustrations. The amount of text per page was good and lent itself to listening to children reading aloud in a group. My dyslexic children found the pages easier to read because of the line spacing. Some great opportunities for extension work.'

'Liam by Benjamin Zephaniah was very enjoyable and funny for teenagers: high interest level and clearly written, accessible and engaging, with topics that young people can relate to. Would appeal to weak readers at KS4 as well as KS3 which is a major strength.'

'This is the only book I have ever wanted to read.' 'I like reading stories about people like me.'

'I trialled this story with my Year 8 dyslexic group and a Year 9 bottom set. It was an excellent text with which to develop inference skills: students had lots of ideas about the twist as we picked up clues. Good chapter lengths and cliff-hangers at end of sections. Humour appealed. One reluctant reader asked to take it home to finish. Another said can I get a read? - unheard of! One of the best.'

About the Author

Rumour has it that Keith West was born in a small village near Cambridge although he now admits to living in Essex. Keith has never driven a very fast car and has (so far) avoided fast cars running him down. He's never solved any mysteries - although he keeps trying to solve them. He has a wife, three children, two young grandchildren, two very old cats and two large rabbits. Keith continues to write books and he also writes plays. He will continue to do so until someone tells him to stop!

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

15th November 2012



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