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. Volume XIV Number 5 . . . . October 26, 2007
When Morgan brags to his buddies about his upcoming camping trip, third-grade bully Aldeen wants to go too. The problem is, Morgan has told a few untruths about the great outdoors, and as such, he is concerned about the outcome of an entire weekend in the bush with a bully. Aldeen’s parents send her along on the trip despite Morgan’s protests, and that’s when the fun (and sibling rivalry-like jealousy) begins.
Ted Staunton’s Campfire Morgan, with lively, cartoon illustrations by Bill Slavin, is a fantastic, short novel for children to try reading on their own. Staunton’s writing is lively, imaginative, and entertaining. Easy readers/early novels sometimes feel choppy or uninspired, but Campfire Morgan keeps the pace. Staunton’s descriptive writing offers dynamic character growth, an amusing, well-timed plot, and a smorgasbord of fun words that children will enjoy learning (and repeating). Staunton’s writing feels genuinely as though he is writing from the perspective of a second-grader, and not as an adult attempting to do so. It is this talent that makes Campfire Morgan a true success.
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