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Children's Fiction Friendship

Campfire Morgan

by (author) Ted Staunton

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jul 2007
Friendship, General, Emotions & Feelings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2007
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


Morgan's not a great camper. But that's not going to stop him from bragging to his friends about his family's upcoming camping trip. Unfortunately, Aldeen Hummel thinks camping sounds great, and she tricks Morgan and his family into taking her along. Morgan tries to scare Aldeen around the campfire, but Aldeen isn't the only one who is scared.

About the authors


TED STAUNTON a écrit plus de quarante livres jeunesse et a contribué à la sériepopulaire Seven. Il joue aussi de la musique folk et blues. Ted se rend souventdans des écoles et des bibliothèques canadiennes. Il donne aussi un cours derédaction au collège George Brown à Toronto. Quand il n’est pas plongé dans un livre, il fait souvent de la musique avec le Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band..


Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, What Blows Up in The Almost Epic Squad series, the picture book Friends for Real, illustrated by Ruth Ohi, and the coauthor of the non-fiction title It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . : Canadian Feats, Facts and Flubs, with his son Will. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto, and is a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. Visit him online at


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Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.

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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre

Librarian Reviews

Campfire Morgan (First Novels)

Formac Publishing has issued almost 40 titles in their distinctively packaged First Novels series. Nineteen different characters (Mooch, Maddie, Fred, etc.) each have their own sub-series. One of the most enjoyable is Ted Staunton’s series of books about Morgan and Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three. Though Morgan boasts in this latest installment that he’s going on a camping trip with his parents, he has definite reservations about the whole idea. Staunton throws in the whole camping experience— from the highlights: campfires, singsongs and toasted marshmallows, to the “squishy bits”: baiting a hook for fishing, mosquitoes, black dark and stinky outhouses. Add to this the fact that Aldeen, an unwelcome guest to begin with, proves herself a competent camper, and you have the elements of a great story. In one of the best scenes, Morgan attempts to scare Aldeen with a classic ghost story (replete with thumps and sssslups) and only manages to frighten himself.

Staunton is a master not only of revealing Morgan’s inner thoughts, but in capturing the dynamics between Morgan and his friends. A musician and author who does lots of school visits, Staunton seems well in touch with his young audience. Bill Slavin’s funny, loose black-and-white illustrations are just the right match for Staunton’s snappy dialogue and wild sound effects.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2008. Vol.31 No.1.

Campfire Morgan (First Novels)

When Morgan’s pesky classmate, Aldeen, tricks him and his family into taking her on their camping trip, Morgan tries to scare her by the campfire. But Aldeen isn’t the only one who ends up scared. Includes illustrations.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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