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Children's Nonfiction Law & Crime

The Dreadful Truth: Canadian Crime

by (author) Ted Staunton

illustrated by Remie Geoffroi

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Oct 2006
Law & Crime, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
  • Reading age: 8 to 13


Wild and bizarre crime stories from Canada's past
A look at the funny, sad, and sometimes mysterious history of crime in Canada. Author Ted Staunton presents history with humour and candour as he tells about the thieves, murderers, tricksters and traitors that rarely find their way into history books.
With cartoon-like illustrations in every chapter, this book reveals the antics of some of our more infamous citizens. There are tales of swindle, political bribery, rum-running and missing persons in a time when police forces were non-existent. Readers will also discover how Canada learned to cope with its crime through early criminal investigations, the rise of the RCMP and the world's first crime lab. The history lessons in this book are designed to entertain in this fast-paced adventure through our criminal past.

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


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REMIE GEOFFROI illustrates the Mish Mash page each month in chickaDEE Magazine. Before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator, he worked at an animation studio, a T-shirt company, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the National Post. His work has appeared in everything from Kayak Magazine to Report on Business and New York magazine. He lives in Ottawa.

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