Happy Book Birthday to WHAT BLOWS UP by Ted Staunton

Happy book birthday to THE ALMOST EPIC SQUAD: WHAT BLOWS UP, written by Ted Staunton and illustrated by Britt Wilson, out January 1st from Scholastic Canada!

WHAT BLOWS UP, the second in the ALMOST EPIC SQUAD series, follows thirteen-year-old Gary Lundborg and his quest to master his basketball skills and his other, special skills.

Gary often knows all the right moves, but in the middle of an epic growth spurt, his execution is more disastrous than dazzling these days. Can he master his new powers and become the basketball star he wants to be? Well, first he must save the world!

It turns out there are forces both good and evil who have had their eyes on Gary and three other “special” kids since their exposure at birth to a mysterious element called reidium. Gary’s gifts are called on by secret government Department C, in charge of problems no one else takes seriously, to thwart the evil mastermind The Boss and her equally evil henchwoman Malevia Spleene in their quest to secure all the world’s reidium!

Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, and a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto.