Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: 2
- Reading age: 6 to 7
Morgan doesn't like to skate, and he's determined not to learn. What he really wants to do is go to see Monster Truck-A-Rama with Charlie. Aldeen is not impressed since Morgan already agreed to go to Princesses on Ice with her. Can Morgan avoid conflict and keep everyone happy, or is he skating on thin ice?
With a situation young readers will recognize and enjoy, and a character they can easily identify with, this is a book that will appeal to kids starting to read on their own. The dyslexia-friendly features of the book include easier-to-read typography, page layout, and reduced-contrast paper stock, along with illustrations on every double-page spread that enhance the text.
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.
- Winner, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
"Staunton offers a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and enthused about reading. Despite the limited word and page count, he subtly sketches in the nuances in both Morgan's and Aldeen's characters and their relationship. Bill Slavin's black and white illustrations, full of action and humour, add to the enjoyment."
National Reading Campaign
"Ted Staunton's titles in the First Novels series are entertaining and captivating ... ideal for children just beginning to read chapter books. Detailed illustrations also help highlight the story's plot and tone. The Morgan books are a great addition to all school libraries."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Kids will love the latest addition to the series, written with Ted Staunton's dry wit and humour ... the perfect transition into first novels."
Canadian Children's Booknews
"As a first novel, it is a nice story that will engage children with an interest in skating, monster trucks, and realistic fiction."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This short beginning chapter book hits the mark with its plot, characterization, and vocabulary. The writing style and reading level is consistent, making it an excellent choice for children ready to transition to chapter books ... Morgan and Aldeen's tumultuous relationship is very realistic and their interactions are often hilarious. This series is a great addition to any elementary school library."
Other titles by Ted Staunton
Other titles by Bill Slavin
Game On in Ancient Greece
On the Run in Ancient China
Stowing Away with the Vikings
Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt
Breaking the Waste Cycle
Morgan's Got Game
Morgan the Brave
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Exploring the Provinces and Territories