Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
Sounding Off is award-winning children's author Ted Staunton's 24th book, and his first for a young adult audience. Featuring the town of Hope Springs, home of his popular Monkey Mountain novels and Hope Springs a Leak, Sounding Off is a skillfully woven account of the farces and foibles of a community that could be found anywhere in Canada.
Sam Foster is every teenager struggling to find out who he is and what his place is in the world. He is entering Grade 9, his first year of high school, filled with the usual worries: he's tall and gawky, he's constantly embarrassed, he tends to fall in love (or lust) with the nearest female. He wishes he were invisible-yet, somehow, he keeps being thrust into the spotlight.
About the author
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.
"Wry and amusing view of a teenage boy's world."
-- Books in Canada
"Ted Staunton captures many aspects of the unpredictability of adolescence."
-- Resource Links
"Throughout the novel, Staunton once again demonstrates his facility with age-appropriate humor."
-- CM Magazine
"Staunton has created an authentic story of teen angst, complete with the worries of adolescence and the humour that will have readers laughing out loud."
-- Brandon This Week
"Sounding Off is a fun read with enough realism to completely resonate with your own gawky teen."
-- The Telegram