Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010, Keith Gray's hit novel features a group of three friends who embark on a remarkable journey from Cleethorpes to Scotland with a stolen urn containing the ashes of their best friend... Now adapted for the stage by Birmingham Rep for a production by their Youth Theatre in 2011, Ostrich Boys is ideal for KS3 and KS4 English and will appeal strongly to boys as well as girls. This educational edition in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan. Building on a decade of highly effective work and publications endorsed by national organisations and supported by teachers and consultants across Britain, each book in the series: meets the new requirements at KS3 and GCSE (2010) features detailed, structured schemes of work utilising drama approaches to improve literary and language analysis places pupils' understanding of the learning process at the heart of the activities will help pupils to boost English GCSE success and develop high-level skills at KS3 will save teachers considerable time devising their own resources.
This book features in the following series: Critical Scripts, Methuen Drama Critical Scripts .
This book is suitable for Key Stage 3. KS3 covers school years 7, 8 and 9, and ages 12-14 years. A key stage is any of the fixed stages into which the national curriculum is divided, each having its own prescribed course of study. At the end of each stage, pupils are required to complete standard assessment tasks. This book is aimed at children in secondary school.
There are 112 pages in this book. This is a play book. This book was published 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC .
Almost every Keith Gray novel has been shortlisted or won a major award. Creepers and Warehouse have been shortlisted for The Guardian Prize and The Runner won the Smarties Silver Medal in 2002. He lives in Edinburgh. Keith Gray has written a number of award winning novels for teenage readers, including Creepers, shortlisted for the Guardian Award, The Runner, winner of the Smarties Silver Award, and Malarkey, winner of the South Lanarkshire Book Award. Carl Miller is a playwright and Literary Manager of the Unicorn Theatre, London. Martin Travers is a dramatist based at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre where he is head of Learning and TAG Theatre Company. Theresa Breslin is a popular Carnegie medal winning author, critically acclaimed for over thirty books, whose work has been filmed for television dramatised on radio. Paul Bunyan is a Drama Education consultant and chair of NATE's drama committee Ruth Moore is a Deputy Headteacher with many years of Leadership and Drama and English teaching experience.
This book contains the following story:
'It's not really kidnapping, is it? He'd have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.' Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey of friendship. Stealing the urn containing the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out from Cleethorpes on the east coast to travel the 261 miles to the tiny hamlet of Ross in Dumfries and Galloway. After a depressing and dispiriting funeral they feel taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a 15 year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship. Little do they realise just how much Ross can still affect life for them even though he's now dead.