Ted Staunton wrote his first story as a class assignment at university. He barely handed it in on time, but he’s glad he did: it became the picture book Puddleman. Now the award winning author of over forty books, he writes everything from YA and mid-grade novels (including titles in the popular SEVEN series) to Hi-Los, non-fiction, early chapter books, and of course picture books. He’s getting better at handing things in on time.

His YA novel Who I’m Not won the 2014 CCBC John Spray Mystery Award. Ted’s work has also been nominated for Silver Birch, Red Maple, Hackmatack, Arthur Ellis, and BC Stellar awards, and many of his books are on CCBC Our Choice lists.

Trained as a teacher, Ted is a speaker, performer, and workshop leader in schools, libraries and venues across Canada. As well, he teaches the Writing Children’s Fiction courses at George Brown College. He has also travelled to Ethiopia several times to work with English language writers and editors there.

When he’s not writing, Ted plays in the MAPLE LEAF CHAMPIONS JUG BAND. (He always brings his guitar and banjo to school presentations too.) He enjoys running, reading and writing and listening to music. Born young, he is now older. Ted and his family live in Port Hope, Ontario.

What’s New

Speed (The Seven Prequels!)
Orca Books 

How can you liven up a boring camping trip with your grandpa and your younger brother? Lose the new cell phone you weren’t supposed to bring with you.

Spencer finds more than he was looking for as he dodges a War of 1812 reenactment, a student film crew, an old flame of Grandpa’s, a crooked history buff, and Laura Secord’s cowbell: a first taste of independence and maybe a glimpse of his future – by way of the past.

The third installment of Seven is “prequels”: stories that happened before the first two, when the boys were twelve and thirteen and Grandpa was there with them. Watch for Seven author events near you and at OLA!

Story Team:
A New Collaborative Writing Workshop With Richard Scrimger   

Two long-time writing collaborators help students pool their imaginations and writing skills to create stories in teams.  Fast-paced, fun and flexible workshops for grades 6 – 12. (See Presentations & Workshops)

Coming Spring 2017:

A new picture book!

Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation
(Tundra Books; illus. by Mika Song)

When Harry and Clare are stuck at home for a rainy vacation it’s a good thing they have such great imaginations. Trouble is, older sister Clare likes to make the rules – and eat all the snacks. Can Harry come up with a way to turn the tables?

A Whodunit Surprise for Middle Grade Readers


If mystery, adventure, and the occasional crocodile on the loose are your thing a new novel is on its way to you! Watch here for updates.