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.
He has been nominated for many awards, including the Silver Birch, Red Maple, Hackmatack and Arthur Ellis awards and is the winner of the 2014 John Spray Mystery Award for his YA novel Who I’m Not (see below).
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.
Winner of the 2014 Td / CCBC John Spray Mystery Award
Finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award
Finalist, 2014 BC Stellar Teen Choice Award
(Orca Books) Trying to dodge trouble, a teen con artist lands in the midst of it when he claims to be a long missing child from Ontario and is accepted by his new “family”. Part mystery thriller, part black comedy, Who I’m Not wrestles with the key question for us all: identity.
“…takes off like a rocket and continues its upward trajectory right to the very last page...This book is a knockout, and that’s no con.” –Quill & Quire, starred review
“Readers aren’t sure whether or not they can trust the main character and that makes the journey all the more exhilarating…Breathless, fast paced fun.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Reluctant readers will be receptive to this gripping tale about identity and resilience, written in clear language. –School Library Journal
The SEVEN SEQUELS are here! Coda continues the rollicking adventures of Spencer as his brother is kidnapped and Spencer’s efforts to save him uncover a dark – or maybe silly – chapter in their late grandfather’s past. A breathless ride of comic suspense following hard on the heels of Jump Cut, a 2014 Red Maple nominee.
Morgan’s back! Everyone but Morgan seems to have a Robogamer Z7, even Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three. Morgan’s quest for equal cool leads to complications as gaming and friendship prove to be different. Fun and food for thought for grades 2-4.