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.
(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
Orca Books Red Maple nominee! Ted’s rollicking contribution to the wildly popular SEVEN series is on the 2013/14 list of Red Maple titles in Ontario’s Forest of Reading. Watch for the SEVEN sequels Fall 2014!
(Orca Currents) is another fast and funny tale about young musicians for reluctant readers grades 6-8. Picking up where Power Chord left off, Ace and his new music partner Lisa reluctantly take up their impulsive friend Denny’s offer to make them famous through a Youtube video, with results that are surprising in more ways than they intended.
“…a refreshingly upbeat teen novel. Staunton successfully portrays the struggles and humiliations of high school and the pressures of fitting in, succeeding, and seeking romance.” –Canadian Materials * * * */4 review
(Formac) The 16th in Ted’s series of mini-novels about ever hungry, ever talking Morgan and his nemesis Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three. Morgan’s friend Charlie invites him to Monster Truck-A-Rama. Problem is, Morgan’s already reluctantly accepted a conflicting invitation to Princesses on Ice with Aldeen and her Granny Flo. What can he do? What should he do? As usual, Morgan’s imaginative approach to a problem leads to complicated fun in a simple story.