Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Seven Series Showcase

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

In the original Seven series (published in 2013), David McLean, grandfather and adventurer, left behind an unusual will that outlined seven tasks for his seven grandsons. The grandsons return with their daredevil grandfather this fall, as the Seven Prequels hit bookstores and libraries. Three of the authors – Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, and Ted Staunton – read from the McLean clan’s adventures.


When Rennie’s dad, the Major, goes overseas on assignment, he enlists his mother-in-law to babysit Rennie. Babysit! A guy who’s about to turn fifteen! But Grandma is no surrogate drill sergeant. She has fun on her mind. That means ditching school and heading to avalanche country for a surprise ski trip.
In this hair-raising prequel to Close to the Heel and From the Dead, the loyal, smart and observant Rennie heads to avalanche country.

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade

Norah McClintock

Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people. She is the author of more than sixty YA novels, including books in Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit

Weerdest Day Ever!

Bunny is on a camping trip with his brother and his grandpa. How much trouble can he get into? As it turns out, a lot. For one thing, there are soldiers all over the place. Canada is about to go to war with the United States. Bunny is worried. An American soldier steals his brother Spencer’s cell phone and Bunny decides to track down the phone himself. Maybe they can get out of there before the war starts.
In this zany prequel to Ink Me and The Wolf and Me, Bunny goes camping with his brother and his grandpa.

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade

Richard Scrimger

Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and adults. His works have been translated in many languages and have been critically acclaimed around the world. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His novel From Charlie’s Point of View was a CLA Honor Book and was chosen as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library. Richard’s latest, Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book, was listed as a Top Shelf Honoree by VOYA magazine. His books Ink Me and The Wolf and Me are part of the Seven series. He lives in Toronto.


How can you liven up a boring camping trip with your grandpa and your younger brother? Spencer has the answer: lose the new cell phone you weren’t supposed to bring with you. Add a War of 1812 reenactment, a student film crew, an old flame of Grandpa’s, and Laura Secord’s cowbell, and you get a weekend that gives Spencer his first taste of independence and maybe a glimpse of his future, by way of the past.
In this funny prequel to Jump Cut and Coda, the goofy and creative Spencer gets caught up in a War of 1812 reenactment.

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade

Ted Staunton

Ted Staunton is the prize-winning author of many books for young people, from long-time picture book favorite Puddleman, to young adult novels, including Who I’m Not . Over the years he’s also performed and led workshops everywhere from Inuvik to Addis Ababa. When not writing stories, Ted writes music and plays in the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band. Born very young, Ted is now older and lives with his family in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit