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Children's Nonfiction General

The Dreadful Truth: Confederation

by (author) Ted Staunton

illustrated by Graham Pilsworth

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
May 2004
General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


This irreverent and light-hearted illustrated book focuses on a topic no child in school can avoid: Confederation. Although in social studies Confederation may put kids to sleep, Ted Staunton thinks that's because so much of story is left out of the text books.
Here he reveals how the fathers of Confederation engineered their plan and how they used their newspapers to convince the people. In Charlottetown, every day was party day as the well-funded Upper Canadians worked on the reluctant Maritimers at social events. In the lead-up to key elections, Confederation's friends were quite happy to use their funds to bribe opponents into silence. Classroom heroes look a lot less heroic - and yet far more interesting - in Ted Stauton's portrayal.

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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Graham Pilsworth is a cartoonist who has worked for a number of Canada’s national and regional papers. He spent six years at The Toronto Star as a political cartoonist, and has contributed to Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Profit, Atlantic Progress and The Coast. Where Tigers Would Fear to Tread is Pilsworth’s first book. He produced the manuscript on a Smith Corona Selectric, using a Titleist in place of a regular type ball. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

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