Gordon Korman

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Gordon Korman
Black and white photograph of Gordon Korman, author of young adult fiction, speaking at the National Book Festival in September 2011. Photograph depicts Korman in profile view, facing left and speaking into a microphone. His right hand is raised to approximately shoulder height, palm facing the audience, with fingers slightly closed as if grasping an invisible ball.
Korman at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
Born (1963-10-23) October 23, 1963 (age 58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian, American
Alma materNew York University
GenreRealistic fiction, adventure fiction, young adult fiction
Notable works
  • Macdonald Hall
  • Swindle
  • The Toilet Paper Tigers
  • The 39 Clues (contributor)

Gordon Korman (born October 23, 1963) is a Canadian American author. Korman has written 100 children's and young adult fiction books.[1] Korman's books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide over a career spanning four decades and have appeared at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. [2] [3]

Early life[edit]

Korman was born in Montreal, Quebec, where he lived until 1970.[1] He grew up in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto) and attended German Mills Public School and public high school at Thornlea Secondary School.[1][4]

He moved to the United States to attend college at New York University where he studied film and film-writing.[5] Korman received a BFA from New York University in 1985;[1] with a degree in dramatic visual writing and a minor in motion picture and television.


Korman wrote his first book when he was 12 years old, as part of an English class taught by a PE teacher in 7th grade.[6] This became the manuscript for This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, the first book in his Macdonald Hall series.[1] Korman was the Scholastic Arrow Book Club monitor for the class; after completing the assignment, he mailed his manuscript to Scholastic.[5] 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.[4]

Korman has written 100 books[7] which have sold more than 35 million copies[citation needed] in a career that has spanned four decades.


Non-series books[edit]


Macdonald Hall series[edit]

Bugs Potter[edit]

  • Who is Bugs Potter? (1980)
  • Bugs Potter LIVE at Nickaninny (1983)

Jeremy Bloom[edit]

  • 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)[9]

Monday Night Football[edit]

  • 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)

Masterminds series[edit]

  • Masterminds (2015)
  • Masterminds:Criminal Destiny (2016)
  • Masterminds:Payback (2017)

Slapshots series[edit]

  • The Stars From Mars (1999)
  • All-Mars All-Stars/The Dream Team (1999)
  • The Face-off Phony (2000)
  • Cup Crazy (2000)
    • 4-in-1 Slapshots: The Complete Collection (2008)
  • Ouch I got slapped (2023)

Nose Pickers series[edit]

  • 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)
    • 4-in-1 The Ultimate Nose-Picker Collection (2006)

Island series[edit]

  • Shipwreck (2001)
  • Survival (2001)
  • Escape (2001)
    • 3-in-1 Island Trilogy Bind-Up Book (2006)

Son of the Mob[edit]

Everest series[edit]

  • The Contest
  • The Climb
  • The Summit

Dive series[edit]

  • The Discovery (2003)
  • The Deep (2003)
  • The Danger (2003)

On the Run series[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • The Abduction (2006)
  • The Search (2006)
  • The Rescue (2006)

Swindle series[edit]

Titanic series[edit]

  • Unsinkable (2011)
  • Collision Course (2011)
  • S.O.S (2011)

Titanic ,

The 39 Clues[edit]

(Series shared and all books written by different authors)

Hypnotists series[edit]

  • The Hypnotists (2013)
  • Memory Maze (2014)
  • The Dragonfly Effect (2015)

Ungifted series[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.[10]

Swindle was adapted into a movie that aired on Nickelodeon in 2013.[citation needed]

The Macdonald Hall series has a TV adaptation of one of the books, called "Bruno and Boots Go Jump in the Pool". It stars Jonny Gray, Callan Potter and Peter Keleghan. It aired April 1, 2016 on the Canadian network YTV.[11] Two more adaptations aired there the following year, April 1, 2017.

Other optioned books include No Coins, Please, I Want to Go Home, the Island trilogy and The Twinkie Squad.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Air Canada Award for promising authors in Canada, at age 17[12]
  • 1991 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award (chosen by Manitoba schoolchildren), The Zucchini Warriors (1988)[13]
  • 1999 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993)[14]
  • 2001 American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Losing Joe's Place (1990)[15]
  • 2001 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1993)[15]
  • 2003 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, Son of the Mob (2002)[16]
  • 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)[17]
  • 2004 ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Jake Reinvented (2003)[18]
  • 2005 PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate, Son of the Mob (2002)[17]
  • 2010 PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate, Schooled (2007)[17]
  • 2010–2011 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (by vote of Arkansas schoolchildren), Swindle (2008)[19][20]
  • 2011–2012 Charlie May Simon Award, Zoobreak (2009)[19][20]
  • 2016 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature[21]
  • 2020 Young Hoosier Book Award (Intermediate), Restart (2017)[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Gordon Korman (home)". gordonkorman.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Scholastic Canada | Gordon Korman".
  3. ^ "GORDON KORMAN :: HOME". scholastic.ca. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Zlomislic, Diana (April 1, 2009). "Prodigy or precocious?". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on April 7, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Biography: Gordon Korman". scholastic.com. Scholastic Teachers. Archived from the original on August 7, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "ABOUT GORDON KORMAN « Gordon Korman". gordonkorman.com. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  7. ^ "GORDON KORMAN". Scholastic Canada. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  8. ^ "Reviewed by Gordan Korman in New York Journal of Books".
  9. ^ 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 March 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Monday Night Football Club". FictionDB. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Julianna Cummins (July 30, 2015). "YTV decides to Go Jump in the Pool! with Aircraft". kidscreen. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  12. ^ B., Niki. "Stellar Award: Gordon Korman". StellarAward.ca. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  13. ^ "Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award (1991–2004)". Manitoba School Library Audio Visual Association. Archived from the original on May 22, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "1999 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). American Library Association (ALA). Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "2001 Popular Paperbacks". YALSA. ALA. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  16. ^ "2003 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults: Annotated List". YALSA. ALA. Archived from the original on January 17, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  17. ^ a b c "YRCA Past Winners". Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Best Books for Young Adults Annotated List 2004". YALSA. ALA. Archived from the original on January 17, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Charlie May Simon Award (Grades 4–6)". Arkansas State Library (ASL). Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winners, 1971 to Current" Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ASL. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  21. ^ James D. Watts Jr., "Author Gordon Korman's career started in seventh grade", Tulsa World, May 5, 2016.
  22. ^ "Young Hoosier Book Award".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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