Gordon Korman

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Gordon Korman
Born (1963-10-23) October 23, 1963 (age 51)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Writer
Nationality Canadian, American
Period 1975–present
Genre Realistic fiction, adventure, comedy for young people
Notable works
  • Macdonald Hall
  • Swindle
  • The Toilet Paper Tigers
  • The 39 Clues (contributor)

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.

Early life[edit]

Korman was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 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][2] He then moved to the United States to attend college at New York University where he studied film and film-writing.[3] Korman received a BA from New York University in 1985;[1] with a degree in Dramatic Visual Writing and a minor in Motion Picture and Television.[4]


Korman wrote his first book when he was 12 years old.[3] 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.[3] This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was published by Scholastic Press in 1978 when Korman was only 14 years old.[1] Before graduating from high school in Thornhill, Ontario, Korman wrote and published five books.[2]

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


Non-series books[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
  • 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)


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]

  • Air Canada Award for promising authors in Canada, at age 17[4]
  • 1991 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award (chosen by Manitoba schoolchildren), The Zucchini Warriors (1988)[6]
  • 2001 American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Losing Joe's Place (1990)[7]
  • 1999 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993)[8]
  • 2001 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1993)[7]
  • 2003 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, Son of the Mob (2002)[9]
  • 2003 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award (chosen by Pacific NW schoolchildren), Intermediate Division (Grades 7–9), No More Dead Dogs (2003)[10]
  • 2004 ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Jake Reinvented (2003)[11]
  • 2005 PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate, Son of the Mob (2002)[10]
  • 2010 PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate, Schooled (2007)[10]
  • 2010–2011 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (by vote of Arkansas schoolchildren), Swindle (2008)[12][13]
  • 2011–2012 Charlie May Simon Award, Zoobreak (2009)[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Gordon Korman (home)". gordonkorman.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Zlomislic, Diana (April 1, 2009). "Prodigy or precocious?". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 2, 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Biography: Gordon Korman". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  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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