October 23, 1962 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Genre||Realistic fiction, adventure, comedy for young people|
Gordon Korman (born October 23, 1963) is a Canadian American author who has written over 85 children's and young-adult fiction book series. He lives in Great Neck, New York, with his wife and three children.
Korman was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he lived until 1970. 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. He then moved to the United States to attend college at New York University where he studied film and film-writing. Korman received a BA from New York University in 1985; with a degree in Dramatic Visual Writing and a minor in Motion Picture and Television.
Korman wrote his first book when he was 14 years old. 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. 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.
Korman was the Scholastic Arrow Book Club monitor for the class; after completing the assignment, he mailed his manuscript to Scholastic. This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was published by Scholastic Press in 1978 when Korman was only 14 years old. Before graduating from high school in Thornhill, Ontario, Korman wrote and published five books.
Korman has written more than 85 books which have sold more than 17 million copies in a career that has spanned three decades.
Main article: Macdonald Hall
Main article: Island (novel series)
Kidnapped (novel trilogy)
Main article: The 39 Clues
The Macdonald Hall series was optioned. And in 2015, filming began on a television film adaptation of "Go jump in the Pool," the second book in the Macdonald Hall series. It is expected to air sometime spring 2016. Future films on the series are expected to follow.
Other optioned books include No Coins, Please, the Island trilogy and The Twinkie Squad.
Awards and recognition
- Air Canada Award for promising authors in Canada, at age 17
- 1991 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award (chosen by Manitoba schoolchildren), The Zucchini Warriors (1988)
- 2001 American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Losing Joe's Place (1990)
- 1999 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993)
- 2001 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1993)
- 2003 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, Son of the Mob (2002)
- 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)
- 2004 ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Jake Reinvented (2003)
- 2005 PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate, Son of the Mob (2002)
- 2010 PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate, Schooled (2007)
- 2010–2011 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (by vote of Arkansas schoolchildren), Swindle (2008)
- 2011–2012 Charlie May Simon Award, Zoobreak (2009)
- "Gordon Korman (home)". gordonkorman.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- Zlomislic, Diana (April 1, 2009). "Prodigy or precocious?". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 2, 2011.[dead link]
- "Biography: Gordon Korman". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- B., Niki. "Stellar Award: Gordon Korman". Stellar Award.ca. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- Masterminds book
- 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]
- Julianna Cummins (July 30, 2015). "YTV decides to Go Jump in the Pool! with Aircraft". kidscreen. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "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.
- "2001 Popular Paperbacks". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved February 2, 2011. Externally archived 2011-06-05.
- "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.
- "2003 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults: Annotated List". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved February 2, 2011. Externally archived 2011-09-13.
- "YRCA Past Winners". Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- "Best Books for Young Adults Annotated List 2004". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved February 2, 2011. Externally archived 2011-08-21.
- "Charlie May Simon Award (Grades 4–6)". Arkansas State Library (ASL). Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- "Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winners, 1971 to Current". ASL. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
|Library resources about
|By Gordon Korman|
- Official website
- Gordon Korman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Works by or about Gordon Korman in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Gordon Korman at Library of Congress Authorities, with 91 catalog records