MRR Product Feature: The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars


Are you looking for a great story to help teach point of view or foreshadowing? This is it! I love this story–and kids love it too. When the kids are having fun and enjoying a book, they are more open to learning and the lessons seem to stick with them better. When they are invested in a story, the concepts become “real” to them and they have a foundation on which to build on.

Let’s take a look at what I mean. Your students may have already been introduced to point of view. They may even be pretty good at distinguishing between first-person, second-person, and third-person point of view writing. That’s great! It is a great scaffolding on which to build. But sadly, many students never progress past this stage of scaffolding. They don’t know how to apply their knowledge in a way that brings about a deeper understanding.

When your students read The Midnight Fox, they will be able to see point of view working as an active part of the story. The story is written in first-person point of view, from the point of view of the main character, Tom. As a result, the reader’s perception of the events of the story are heavily influenced (and limited) by Tom’s thoughts and emotions. Betsy Byars expertly uses the first-person narrative to not only give the reader a greater depth of understanding about Tom’s character, but also uses Tom’s point of view as a vehicle for foreshadowing in the text. The reader gets a strong sense of “what is going to happen” later on in the story. Students will be able to clearly define why they believe that they can predict the outcome based on specific clues in the text.

This is a perfect story for addressing CCSS R.L. 5.6 for fifth grade – how a narrator’s point of view influences how the story is told. This would be a very different story, indeed, if it were told as a third-person narrative.


  • ages 8-13
  • Lexile score: 970
  • 144 pages

Would you like to study The Midnight Fox with your class? Check out my no prep novel study packet!


This 112 page novel study includes:

  • Student Worksheet Packet
    • Vocabulary work
    • Targeted questions about synonyms/antonyms, figurative language, point of view, foreshadowing, and making inferences
    • Open response questions
    • Writing prompts
    • Discussion questions
    • Character compare and contrast graphic organizer
    • Problem and solution graphic organizer
    • Understanding theme graphic organizer
    • Student project options
  • Section quizzes
  • Final review test
  • Final vocabulary test
  • Word wall cards
  • Vocabulary and definition cards
  • Question and answer dice game
  • Complete answer key
  • CCSS checklists for grades 4-7


MRR Product Feature: The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

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