Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 10
- Grade: 2 to 5
- Reading age: 7 to 10
Janice (who really wants to be known as "Greer") is a little over weight and more than a little bossy when it comes to struggling to be heard at O.P. Doberman School in Hope Springs. Her self-confidence isn't helped by the fact that her parents are separated. She spends half her life living with her dad in a trailer at the edge of town, where she occasionally spots a skunk that doesn't hesitate to spray if there's any sudden noise in the trailer. Janice would love her parents to get back together and thinks she can engineer it just in time for her birthday. But, of course, that proves harder than she realizes.
"A cast of dynamic, memorable characters, plenty of humor (a Staunton trademark) and well-paced plots with believable school-age conflicts and satisfying endings. . . . Highly recommended."
"Staunton's strength is that he uses humor to engage the reader while exploring problems that loom large on the pre-teen radar."
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.