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Young Adult Fiction Orphans & Foster Homes

Who I'm Not

by (author) Ted Staunton

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Orphans & Foster Homes, Law & Crime, General (see also headings under Social Themes)
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
12 to 18
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price

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Danny has survived everything life has thrown at him: being abandoned at birth, multiple abusive foster homes, life as a con man in training. But when his latest "protector" dies suddenly, Danny has to think fast or he'll be back in foster care again. He decides to assume the identity of a boy who disappeared three years before. If nothing else, he figures it will buy him a little time. Much to his astonishment, his new "family" accepts him as their own, despite the fact that he looks nothing like their missing relative. But one old cop has his suspicions about Danny, and he's not about to declare the case closed. Inspired by a true story, Who I'm Not is a powerful portrait of a boy whose identity is as fluid as a river and as changeable as a chameleon's skin.

About the author


TED STAUNTON a écrit plus de quarante livres jeunesse et a contribué à la sériepopulaire Seven. Il joue aussi de la musique folk et blues. Ted se rend souventdans des écoles et des bibliothèques canadiennes. Il donne aussi un cours derédaction au collège George Brown à Toronto. Quand il n’est pas plongé dans un livre, il fait souvent de la musique avec le Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band..


Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, What Blows Up in The Almost Epic Squad series, the picture book Friends for Real, illustrated by Ruth Ohi, and the coauthor of the non-fiction title It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . : Canadian Feats, Facts and Flubs, with his son Will. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto, and is a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. Visit him online at


Ted Staunton's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award - Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book
  • Short-listed, The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award - Best Juvenile/YA
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award
  • Winner, John Spray Mystery Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Short-listed, Stellar Award
  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) John Spray Mystery Award
  • Nominated, Stellar Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"This quick read pulls the reader in almost immediately. The main character’s backstory is minimal, yet the reader cannot help but be intrigued by his attempt to be Danny...This should be an easy booktalk and will appeal to reluctant readers."


"Staunton’s latest page-turner moves fast. Readers aren’t sure whether or not they can trust the main character, and that makes the journey all the more exhilarating...The provocative, well-drawn characters run the gamut, from Danny’s kindly caregiver, Shan, to his violent, drug-addicted brother. Staunton stealthily inserts clues as to the whereabouts of the real Danny, but his keen plotting skills will keep readers guessing until the very end. Breathless, fast-paced fun."

Kirkus Reviews

[Starred review] "Takes off like a rocket and continue its upward trajectory right to the very last page...Danny himself is fantastically constructed, his typical teen bravado complicated by trauma and deep-seated fears...Given its cinematic quality, dead-on dialogue, and rollicking pace, Who I'm Not is a perfect choice for reluctant readers. This book is a knockout."

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