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Music By Morgan

By Ted Staunton, Illustrated by Bill Slavin

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Series: Formac First Novels

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Morgan is not pleased when his parents sign him up to play floor hockey at the community centre; he stinks at hockey and it's no fun. So when Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three and a good hockey player, is unhappily signed up for piano lessons, Morgan crafts a plan to trade places.


Winner - Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2011

Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links - 2012

"Music By Morgan is a short book and written very well. The plot will be well liked by children of all interest and reading levels. Recommended."

- John Dryden Canadian Review of Materials

Students will be able to relate to a common problem of feeling anxiety about going to team sports or music lessons. Using this book as a read aloud could fit into a discussion of personal talents and career choices. Highly recommended.

- Lori Austin Resource Links

Each of the ten short chapters includes one full-page black-and-white cartoon illustration. These effectively portray the characters and highlight important moments. These provide accessible, comfortable stories for students who have moved beyond early readers but are not ready for much greater length or more complexity.

- Kirkus Reviews

Author Ted Staunton has a wonderful eye for the dynamics of kids' relationships and his always active sense of humour gives readers a funny tale with some real truths embedded. Illustrator Bill Slavin, also no slouch when it come to finding humour in situations, gives his audience just enough goofiness and action for their reading pleasure.

- Gillian O'Reilly Canadian Children's Book News

One of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Great Reads for the Holidays 2011"


"...chronicles the hilarity and drama that ensues when Morgan and his friend Aldeen attempt to pull off a classic switcheroo."

"...offers a careful balance of humor and description, and the characters are effectively developed, putting this title squarely into the goal for early readers."

"...a solid and satisfying offering for newly independent readers."

- Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books

TED STAUNTON lives in Port Hope, Ontario. He divides his time between writing and a busy life as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. He has received numerous Children's Centre "Best Books/Our Choice" awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmatack Award nomination.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 64 pages
Publication Date: 15th September 2010
ISBN: 9780887809262
Format: 7.5in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 64 pages
Publication Date: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9780887809286
Format: 7.5in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 64 pages
Publication Date: 28th June 2012
ISBN: 9780887809606
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV000000, JUV017030, JUV019000, JUV031000, JUV032110
Imprint: Formac

Interest age: From 6 To 9
Lexile Reading Level: 560


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First Novels

Beginner chapters books for ages 6 to 9

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Series features

  • Engaging stories for early readers
  • Award-winning authors and illustrators
  • Chapter book format, with short chapters and amusing b&w illustrations
  • Reading level: grade 2.0-3.0
  • Interest level: ages 6-9

"young readers will appreciate the accessible text, action-filled black-and-white illustrations and discrete chapters that end on suspenseful notes" — Kirkus Reviews

First Novels are humorous, easy-to-read novels that encourage children to begin reading on their own. The series features vibrant, loveable characters, age-appropriate plots and lively illustrations. The books deal with themes kids face every day such as teasing, friendship, competition and multiculturalism.