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Children's Fiction Beginner

Morgan Gets Cracking

by (author) Ted Staunton

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Beginner, Humorous Stories
  • Paperback / softback

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

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


Morgan doesn't like the new kid, Curtis, who can juggle, do karate and play guitar, and loves to brag about it. But some of the kids in his class are impressed, especially when Curtis teases Aldeen, the Queen of Mean -- who isn't even mean back! Does Aldeen actually like Curtis? A game of egg toss at a neighbourhood party will show how Aldeen really feels. Who do you think ends up with egg on his face?

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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  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

Editorial Reviews

"Visually the book is appealing; Bill Slavin's pencil drawings are well suited to the text."

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young readers will appreciate the accessible text, action-filled black-and-white illustrations, discrete chapters that end on suspenseful notes and a slight twist on the usual bully fare... A good choice for transitioning readers looking for a splash of humor.

Kirkus Reviews

"The black and white illustrations by Bill Slavin are drawn in a cartoon style -- which is perfect for this age group... The short chapters and easy language make this book ideal for children just beginning to read chapter books. The story being told is one to which all children can relate, and it can be enjoyed by a variety of children." Highly Recommended.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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