Morgan the Brave

by Ted Staunton and Will Staunton

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Morgan's nervous about Curtis's birthday party because a super scary movie is promised as the main event. Morgan must overcome his scary-movie-phobia to have fun at the party. An early chapter book with dyslexia-friendly features.

Morgan's friend Curtis is throwing the birthday party to end all birthday parties. Everyone in grade three will be there. But when Curtis announces that hes going to show Brain Eater, the scariest movie EVER, Morgan is nervous — he doesnt like scary movies. Can Morgan overcome his fear and still have fun at the party?

With a situation young readers will recognize and enjoy, and a character they can easily identify with, this is a book that will appeal to kids starting to read on their own. The dyslexia-friendly features of the book include easier-to-read typography, page layout, and reduced-contrast paper stock, along with illustrations on every double-page spread that enhance the text.

About the Authors

Will Staunton
Will Staunton

TED and WILL STAUNTON are a father and son team who have collaborated on many projects—this is their second book together. TED has written numerous books for young people, including books featuring Morgan and his group of friends. Ted also writes and plays music with many people, including his son Will and other members of the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band. His website is WILL spends much of his time driving back and forth across Canada playing music with his rock/bluegrass band, Union Duke. In between trips, he lives in Toronto with his wife and teaches music. His website is

BILL SLAVIN is a celebrated illustrator who lives in Millbrook, Ontario. He has illustrated over 40 books for children, including The Cat Came Back.


"The large print and drawings on every two page spread will appeal to early readers ... The illustration and layout are also billed as 'dyslexia friendly,' making the book attractive on many levels."
Christine McCrea,, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Morgan' predicament will be relateable to many young readers, as well as his experiences with peer pressure and teasing. It's reassuring to know that everyone gets scared sometimes, as Morgan himself realizes by the end of the birthday party!"
Alice Albarda, Resource Links


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