Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Intruder

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Intruder

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Title: The Intruder

Author: Christine Bongers

Publisher: Random House Australia, 2014


My English teacher at my new school asked me if I was 'a reader'. I said that I 'kind of' was, although the only series I had really read outside of school had been The Hunger Games books. Some teachers might call me a reluctant reader, as I only really want to read books that I get hooked into straight away.

So when my teacher offered me her copy of The Intruder I was surprised to find myself absorbed by the story and not wanting to put it down. We were on a school camping trip at the time, and another teacher kept telling me to turn off my light and go to sleep but I just had to find out what happened. I couldn't believe that I read the whole book in less than a day!

As the story begins, we meet 14 year old Kat, as she lies in her bed in the dark listening to someone moving around her house. The prowler enters her room and she screams! The neighbour comes running over to check on her. So begins a series of events, told from Kat's point of view, that raise many questions in the mind of the reader: Who is the prowler and will he come back again? Why doesn't she tell her dad the whole truth about the prowler's visit? Where is her mum? Why does she hate her neighbour, Edie, so much? Why is Kat so alone and so angry? Throughout the novel the answers to these questions all unravel and are solved. …

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