Gordon Korman

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Gordon Korman
Born(1963-10-23) October 23, 1963 (age 50)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationWriter
NationalityCanadian, American
Period1975–present
GenresRealistic fiction, adventure, comedy for young people
Notable work(s)
  • Macdonald Hall
  • Swindle
  • The Toilet Paper Tigers
  • The 39 Clues (contributor)

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Gordon Korman
Born(1963-10-23) October 23, 1963 (age 50)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationWriter
NationalityCanadian, American
Period1975–present
GenresRealistic fiction, adventure, comedy for young people
Notable work(s)
  • Macdonald Hall
  • Swindle
  • The Toilet Paper Tigers
  • The 39 Clues (contributor)

gordonkorman.com

Gordon Korman (born October 23, 1963) is a Canadian American author who has written more than a dozen children's and young-adult fiction book series.[1] He lives in Great Neck, New York, with his wife and three children.

Korman wrote his first book unexpectedly when he was twelve years old.[2] While attending German Mills Public School, his Grade 7 English teacher was Mr. Hamilton, a track and field coach who found himself teaching English for the first time.[1] Hamilton required students to write a novel during the semester, and this assignment became the manuscript for Korman's first book, This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, the first book in his Macdonald Hall (Bruno and Boots) series.[1]

Korman was the Scholastic Arrow Book Club monitor for the class; after completing the assignment, he mailed his manuscript to Scholastic.[2] This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was published by Scholastic Press in 1978 when Korman was only fourteen years old.[1] Before graduating from high school in Thornhill, Ontario, Korman wrote and published five books.[3]

Korman has written more than 85 books which have sold more than 17 million copies in a career that has spanned three decades.

Biography[edit]

Korman was born in Montreal, Quebec, where he lived until 1970.[1] He grew up in Thornhill, Ontario just north of Toronto, Ontario and attended German Mills Public School and public high school at Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill, Ontario.[1][3] He then moved to the United States to attend college at New York University where he studied film and film-writing.[2] Korman received a BA from New York University in 1985;[1] with a degree in Dramatic and Visual Writing and a minor in Motion Picture and Television.[4]

Works[edit]

Non-series books[edit]

Series[edit]

Macdonald Hall series
Main article: Macdonald Hall
Bugs Potter
  • Who is Bugs Potter? (1980)
  • Bugs Potter LIVE at Nickaninny (1983)
Jeremy Bloom
  • The D- Poems of Jeremy Bloom: A Collection of Poems About School, Homework, and Life (Sort Of) (1992)
  • The Last-Place Sports Poems of Jeremy Bloom: A Collection of Poems About Winning, Losing, and Being a Good Sport (Sometimes) (1996)[5]
Monday Night Football
  • The Quarterback Exchange (1997)
  • Running Back Conversion (1997)
  • Super Bowl Switch (1997)
  • Heavy Artillery (1997)
  • Ultimate Scoring Machine (1998)
  • NFL Rules! Bloopers, Pranks, Upsets, and Touchdowns (1998)
Slapshots series
  • The Stars From Mars (1999)
  • All-Mars All-Stars/The Dream Team (1999)
  • The Face-off Phony (2000)
  • Cup Crazy (2000)
  • Slapshots The Complete Collection (2008)
Nose Pickers series
  • Nose Pickers from Outer Space! (1999)
  • Planet of the Nose Pickers (2000)
  • Your Mummy Is a Nose Picker (2000)
  • Invasion of the Nose Pickers (2001)
  • The Ultimate Nose-Picker Collection (2006)
Island series
Main article: Island (novel series)
  • Shipwreck (2000)
  • Survival (2001)
  • Escape (2001)
  • Island Trilogy Bind-Up Book (2006)
Son of the Mob
  • Son of the Mob (Hyperion, 2002)
  • Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle (2004)
Everest series
  • The Contest (Scholastic, 2002)
  • The Climb (2002)
  • The Summit (2002)
Dive series
  • The Discovery (2002)
  • The Deep (2003)
  • The Danger (2003)
On the Run series
  • Chasing the Falconers (2005)
  • The Fugitive Factor (2005)
  • Now You See Them, Now You Don't (2005)
  • The Stowaway Solution (2005)
  • Public Enemies (2005)
  • Hunting the Hunter (2006)
Kidnapped series
Main article: Kidnapped (novel trilogy)
  • The Abduction (2006)
  • The Search (2006)
  • The Rescue (2006)
Swindle series
Titanic series
  • Unsinkable (2011)
  • Collision Course (2011)
  • S.O.S. (2011)
The 39 Clues
Main article: The 39 Clues
Hypnotists series
  • The Hypnotists (2013)
  • Memory Maze (2014)

Adaptations[edit]

The Monday Night Football Club series was adapted as the Disney Channel TV series The Jersey, which ran for four years between 1999 and 2004.

The Macdonald Hall series was optioned but no series was ever produced. Other optioned books include No Coins, Please, the Island trilogy and The Twinkie Squad.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Gordon Korman (home)". gordonkorman.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography: Gordon Korman". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Zlomislic, Diana (April 1, 2009). "Prodigy or precocious?". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 2, 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b B., Niki. "Stellar Award: Gordon Korman". Stellar Award.ca. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gordon Korman; Bernice Korman (October 1, 1996). The last-place sports poems of Jeremy Bloom: a collection of poems about winning, losing, and being a good sport (sometimes). Scholastic. ISBN 978-0-590-25516-5. Retrieved December 6, 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award" [1991–2004]. Learning with Literature in the Canadian Elementary Classroom (learningwithliterature.ualberta.ca). 2004. Retrieved February 20, 2014. Externally archived 2006-05-22.
  7. ^ a b "2001 Popular Paperbacks". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved February 2, 2011.  Externally archived 2011-06-05.
  8. ^ "1999 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved February 2, 2011.  Externally archived 2011-06-05.
  9. ^ "2003 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults: Annotated List". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved February 2, 2011.  Externally archived 2011-09-13.
  10. ^ a b c "YRCA Past Winners". Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Best Books for Young Adults Annotated List 2004". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved February 2, 2011.  Externally archived 2011-08-21.
  12. ^ a b "Charlie May Simon Award (Grades 4–6)". Arkansas State Library (ASL). Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winners, 1971 to Current". ASL. Retrieved February 20, 2014.

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