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Music By Morgan

by Ted Staunton, illustrated by Bill Slavin

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Description

Morgan is not pleased when his parents sign him up to play floor hockey at the community centre; he stinks at hockey and it's no fun. So when Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three and a good hockey player, is unhappily signed up for piano lessons, Morgan crafts a plan to trade places.

About the Authors

Ted Staunton

TED STAUNTON divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. His previous books include the well-loved Green Applestreet Gang series, the Cyril and Maggie series, the Morgan series, Puddleman, Simons Surprise and the acclaimed Hope Springs a Leak. He has received numerous Canadian Childrens Book Centre "Our Choice" awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmactack Award nomination.
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Bill Slavin

BILL SLAVIN is a celebrated illustrator who lives in Millbrook Ontario. He has illustrated over 40 books for children, including The Cat Came Back.
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Contributor Notes

TED STAUNTON lives in Port Hope, Ontario. He divides his time between writing and a busy life as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. He has received numerous Children's Centre "Best Books/Our Choice" awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmatack Award nomination.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 9
Grade:
1 to 4
Reading age:
6 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

"...chronicles the hilarity and drama that ensues when Morgan and his friend Aldeen attempt to pull off a classic switcheroo."

"...offers a careful balance of humor and description, and the characters are effectively developed, putting this title squarely into the goal for early readers."

"...a solid and satisfying offering for newly independent readers."

— Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books

"Music By Morgan is a short book and written very well. The plot will be well liked by children of all interest and reading levels. Recommended."

— Canadian Review of Materials

Students will be able to relate to a common problem of feeling anxiety about going to team sports or music lessons. Using this book as a read aloud could fit into a discussion of personal talents and career choices. Highly recommended.

— Resource Links

Each of the ten short chapters includes one full-page black-and-white cartoon illustration. These effectively portray the characters and highlight important moments. These provide accessible, comfortable stories for students who have moved beyond early readers but are not ready for much greater length or more complexity.

— www.kirkusreviews.com

One of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Great Reads for the Holidays 2011"

— bookcentre.ca

Author Ted Staunton has a wonderful eye for the dynamics of kids' relationships and his always active sense of humour gives readers a funny tale with some real truths embedded. Illustrator Bill Slavin, also no slouch when it come to finding humour in situations, gives his audience just enough goofiness and action for their reading pleasure.

— Canadian Children's Book News

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Librarian review

Music by Morgan (First Novels)

Morgan, the hero of 12 other books by Ted Staunton and Bill Slavin in the First Novel series from Formac Publishing, isn’t given to wild imaginings at all. What he would like to do is avoid playing floor hockey; he’s not good at it and doesn’t enjoy it. When his parents sign him up for house league at the community centre, he is appalled. Morgan’s nemesis, Aldeen Hummel (the Godzilla of Grade Three) loves to play floor hockey. Her grandmother, however, has signed her up for piano lessons to develop her “artistic” side.

Aldeen comes up with a plan — they will switch places. Morgan’s not sure this will work but is persuaded when the alternative is having Aldeen “smoosh him into a hockey puck.” At the community centre, Aldeen has a wonderful time playing floor hockey and Morgan (now “Al Dean”) finds he really enjoys learning the piano. Practising requires a lot of trickery to keep the parents from finding out the truth. As the Hallowe’en concert approaches, however, they have to go to greater lengths to keep their secret, until their friend Charlie brings things to a head (literally).

Author Ted Staunton has a wonderful eye for the dynamics of kids’ relationships and his always active sense of humour gives readers a funny tale with some real truths embedded. Illustrator Bill Slavin, also no slouch at finding humour in situations, gives his audience just enough goofiness and action for their reading pleasure.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2011. Volume 34 No. 1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Morgan isn’t happy when his parents sign him up for floor hockey. He’d much rather take piano lessons. When Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three and a good hockey player, is signed up for piano, they craft a plan to trade places. How long can they fool the coach, the piano teacher and their parents?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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