Stig of the Dump by Clive King (author)

Stig of the Dump

Suitable for 9 - 14 years

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Barney is always wandering off… and one day he wanders to an abandoned chalk-pit, and tumbles over the edge. He lands in a cave and finds himself staring at a boy with shaggy hair and bright black eyes! Nobody believes that Barney has met a boy in the rubbish dump – a boy who wears a rabbit-skin and speaks in grunts. But what ancient Stone Age secrets does Stig hide? Barney finds out one night when they travel to a time very long ago, and watch Stig’s tribe build a mysterious circle made of stones…

Told in simple, captivating language, this beloved story is remarkable both for its breath of imagination and for the historical lesson which it teaches. Drawing readers into the prehistory whose remains still lie scattered in the English soil, Clive King’s timeless classic shimmers with intense magic.

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany Stig of the Dump.

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Date published

December 31st, 1994

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 160 pages



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What kids think

  1. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    I love this book it really made me think

  2. CookieM
    on 9 March 2013

    I loved the characters Barney and Stig and i found the book easy to read and the story was good.

    5 out of 5
  3. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    A good book ofabout freindship even though stig is from the stone age he makes a cool friend.A good book all in all .

  4. coolcars
    on 26 May 2012

    This book made me emotional as Stig is a sad character who has obviously not seen humans for a long time. I think Top Gear, my favourite show copied Stig as in the book Stig is an unemotional character who doesn’t show many if any feelings just like in Top Gear.

    5 out of 5
  5. osnapitzsafa
    on 1 March 2011

    In my class, we’re reading this book as a class read and I find it ever so boring. Instead I make my own stories in my head. The stig of the dump storyline doesn’t makes sense and is rubbish. 1 star.

    1 out of 5
  6. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

    my favourite primary school teacher read this to my class and i loved it, there was lots of adventures and twists!

    4 out of 5
  7. cocoa84100
    on 7 February 2011

    I am sure i will love it

  8. Hermione2010
    on 18 October 2010

    Not bad. We read this in class but I didn’t enjoy it much, not for me.

  9. peanutbuttergirl
    on 6 February 2010

    i really loved this book

    5 out of 5
  10. stevie40
    on 12 June 2009

    It was smashing

    4 out of 5
  11. Ben05
    on 6 June 2009

    This is a really impressive book. As you may have guessed, it takes place in a dump.

    4 out of 5
  12. caseybearchocolate
    on 8 January 2009

    read this book, because my mum read it when she was little and remembers liking it. Thought it was a good story and would be cool to have a secret friend to go and visit and teach things to.

    3 out of 5

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