Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: The Rust Monster by Steve Cole


Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: The Rust Monster by Steve Cole

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new robot micro-friend, Eight. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. The micro-friends accidentally wake up an ancient and terrifying rust monster called Rustan! When Rustan touches the Excelsa, the crew have to make an emergency landing on a nearby planet, Mechio (a planet of metal robots), before their ship crumbles with rust. Unfortunately Rustan follows them to the metallic planet. Ant comes up with a plan to help the Mechions get rid of Rustan for good, but time is running short This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.


It's got scary bits, exciting bits and you don't know what's going to happen in the end so you just have to read it. Daisy, age 7 It's exciting and dramatic. Ella, age 8 It's exciting to read about different planets. Lauren, age 7 It's really fun and you don't know what's going to happen next. Richard, age 8 It's definitely worth reading. It's really different. Thomas, age 8

About the Author

Steve Cole

Steve Cole was our Guest Editor in November 2011. Click here to find out more and see some of his favourite books.

Steve Cole is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, millions-selling, non-stop author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action, Astrosaurs Academy, The Slime Squad, Z. Rex and many other books (including several original Doctor Who stories). He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can't stop writing - if he does, strange robots appear and jostle him vigorously until he starts again. In his spare time he loves making music, reading old comics, thinking up ideas for new books and slumping in front of a warm TV.

In this video, Steve counts down his top 5 favourite Astrosaurs characters:

You can see more Steve videos on his YouTube channel - click here.

Amanda Craig from The Times recently described the Astrosaurs series as "the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore." Here’s a summary of Steve’s four main series – great reading for boys in particular:

ASTROSAURS - Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil... and eats a lot of grass.

ASTROSAURS ACADEMY - Welcome to the Academy! Teggs Stegosaur is a pupil at the Astrosaurs Academy where all astro-cadets go to complete their training. He hopes to become an ASTROSAUR one day but for now he has classes to attend, missions to complete and lessons to learn. His best friends and roommates, Blink and Dutch, are always his first choice for fun - but also to work with on his homework! Together they make a great team - the Daring Dinos - and get up to all sorts of adventures!

COWS IN ACTION - Moo-vellous ! Professor McMoo is a very clever cow - so clever, in fact, that he has managed to build himself a time machine from discarded farming machinery. He and his two cow friends, Pat and Bo Vine live on the Barmer farm, in fear of the hideous farmer's wife, Betty. But they are also star agents of the C.I.A. - Cows in Action, a crack team of cow commandos! In the future, cows live peacefully with humans as equals, not as food. But some cows in the future try to use the technology of time travel to interfere with history - which the Professor and his team must stop!

SLIME SQUAD - It's time to fight crime... with slime! Mad scientist Godfrey Gunk had a dream - a dream of creating a whole safari park of monsters on an old rubbish dump. It didn't work. Little did Godfrey know that actually after he left the rubbish dump, his dream came true... Meet the inhabitants of Trashland, a whole world full of different types of small slimy monsters who all live peacefully alongside each other - at least until now...

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48 pages


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Publication date

9th January 2014



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