Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 2 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 9
It's Morgan's birthday and all he wants is Charlie's Thunderbolt Dune Racer. Aldeen snags it first from a yard sale, and Morgan gets mad. Really mad. Morgan's birthday brings him a surprise gift, and a lesson in friendship.
Morgan and the Dune Racer, with its humourous tone and lively portrayals of Morgan and his buddies, will encourage young readers to learn awareness of their emotions and the value of not acting out every feeling that comes along.
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 www.tedstauntonbooks.com.
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.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
Ted Staunton's newest addition to the Morgan series is excellent. As usual, the plot is focused, funny and believable. This short story is a good tale about friendship and good character.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Rated G - Good, even great at times, generally useful!
Organized into short chapters Morgan and the Dune Racer is an excellent introduction for children beginning to reader longer novels. Choice of font size is appropriate and having illustrations every few pages will also help the child to have some visual clues as well as graphic details of story concepts.
Morgan and the Dune Racer (First Novels)It’s Morgan’s birthday and all he wants is Charlie’s Thunderbolt Dune Racer. When Aldeen snags it first from the yard sale, Morgan gets mad at both Charlie and her. Worried no one will come to his birthday party, Morgan must set things right with his friends and comes to the realization that friendships are more important to him than he thought.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.