Since his 1983 debut with Puddleman, one of Canada’s most perennially popular picture books, Ted Staunton has been entertaining readers of all ages with funny and perceptive stories of childhood, teen, and family life in many books.
Trained as a teacher, Ted is also a speaker, performer, and workshop leader in schools, libraries and venues across Canada.
As well, Ted teaches the Writing for Children courses at George Brown College and the Haliburton School of the Arts. Since 2010, as a volunteer with CODE Canada, he has also travelled to Ethiopia several times to work with English language writers and editors for young people there.
When not writing, Ted likes to perform with the MAPLE LEAF CHAMPIONS JUG BAND. (He brings his guitar and banjo to school presentations as well.) He also enjoys running, reading and listening to music. Ted and his family live in Port Hope, Ontario.
This year sees the publication of three exciting new titles for different ages:
Jump Cut (Orca), is Ted's title in Orca's stunning new SEVEN series of adventures for tweens and teens. Spencer is a film nerd with a simple task to do for his late grandpa: video a kiss on the cheek from old-time movie goddess Gloria Lorraine. Things get complicated when the movie star demands a drive to a ghost town north of Lake Superior in exchange for the kiss, and a gangster, a girl, and a chihuahua come along for the ride in a stolen Cadillac - not to mention the really bad guys in hot pursuit.
Part road trip, part mystery, part adventure, part comedy, Jump Cut is all flat out entertainment. For more fun, check out how its plot links to other series titles, like Ink Me,by Richard Scrimger, the story of Spencer's brother. Getmore on the whole SEVEN series at www.seventheseries.com.
Morgan Gets Cracking (Formac) is the 15th in Ted's series of mini-novels about ever hungry, ever talking Morgan and his nemesis Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grate Three. When a new kid, Curtis, proves even more aggravating than Aldeen, Morgan decides to take some high risk action with eggs to save everyone - even Aldeen.
Power Chord (Orca Currents) is a fast and funny tale for music loving reluctant readers, Grades 6-8. Ace and his friends in Grade Nine form a band to meet girls. They'll learn how to play instruments later - and confront a moral dilemma in trying to win a music contest as well.
For a complete bibliography of Ted's nearly forty books, with cover shots, click the Books tab on this website.