Korman, Gordon

GORDON KORMAN

Dive:
The Discovery
The Deep
The Danger

Everest:
The Contest
The Climb
The Summit

Island:
Shipwreck
Survival
Escape

Kidnapped:
The Abduction
The Search
The Rescue

On The Run:
Chasing the Falconers
The Fugitive Factor
Now You See Them, Now You Don’t
The Stowaway Solution
Public Enemies
Hunting the Hunter

Macdonald Hall:
This Can’t be Happening
Go Jump in the Pool
Beware the Fish
The Wizzle War
The Zucchini Warriors
Macdonald Hall Goes Hollywood
Something Fishy at Macdonald Hall

Gordon Korman was born on October 23, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec and wrote his first book, This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, when he was 12 years old. You can read more about him and his books by visiting his website: <http://gordonkorman.com/>

Your Responses and Reviews!

 Griffin Bing has always been ignored by adults. They never listen to him. One day he comes up with a plan to try and save the old Rockford House. Griffin tells everyone he knows to come help, but only his best friend Ben comes to what has been planned as a ”sleep-in”. While at the house, Griffin finds a Babe Ruth baseball card and thinks that it’s the solution to his family’s money problems. Swindle  by Gordon Korman ( Scholastic Inc., 2008 ) is a very clever book about plans. Griffin and his best friend Ben take the card to a collector shop to see how much it is worth. When they arrive at “Palomino’s Emporium”, they find out that it’s only worth $120.00. Later that week, Griffin sees Swindle with his card on T.V., saying that it could be auctioned off for $100 000 000.00. Griffin and his friends then cleverly devise a top secret plan to steal the card back and they succeed! Later though, the police show up and know that Griffin took the card, so Griffin tells them the whole story. The cops then find out what a snaek Palomino is and arrest him, instead. As for the card, it goes to the last known descendant of the Rockford family. I would recommend this book for clever people who love action and adventure. (Brad in grade eight)

Shipwreck by Gordon Korman (Scholastic, 2001) is the first book in the Island series.  It is about six kids who are on a boat in the Pacific Ocean where they learn teamwork, which helps them survive when they get shipwrecked.
Key Concepts:  1. Oceans     2. Fear    3. Voyages and Travels    4. Death    5. Explorers   6. Hope   7. Survival      8. Courage   9. Teenagers   10. Sea Stories
(Amanda in grade eight)

The Search (Scholastic, 2006), the second book in the Kidnapped series by Gordon Korman, is an exhilarating read about a family, the Falconers, who are trying to locate their daughter, Meg, who was kidnapped while walking home from school with her brother. FBI agent Emmanuel Harris has been assigned to help, but Meg’s brother Aiden has been through a lot with his little sister and so is very useful in the search to find her.

Meg’s kidnappers don’t know what to do with her. They keep her locked up in a small concrete room with twelve-foot ceilings, leaving her no chance to escape. They are getting anxious and start travelling towards their cabin in the mountains where it will be easier to hide. Their only problem is the long trip through the city.

In the days long ago when Meg and Aiden were fugitives surviving by themselves, they used lots of tactics – learned from their father’s far-fetched stories – to get away from danger. Now when Meg is forced to come with the kidnappers to their cabin, she uses her knowledge to leave clues that only her brother can understand. And as soon as Aiden notices these clues, he tells everyone. But no one else is willing to believe him, and so he runs away from home to look for his sister. Now there are two missing children. It seems like all the Falconer’s lives are going down the drain.

This novel is an absolute page turner. I could not put it down! If you like books full of excitement, I guarantee that you will enjoy The Search! (grade 7)

Schooled by Gordon Korman (Disney, 2008) is the story of Capricorn Anderson (aka Cap) who moves to the city after his hippie caretaker, Rain, breaks her hip. Cap, a home-schooled hippie who has no clue how to survive in the real world. He has been selected by Zach Powers, the big man on campus, to be the eighth grade president, a job for the school nerd and usually an invitation to be the target of school-wide pranks. But Cap doesn’t understand that Zach is trying to set him up for failure, so he accepts and takes on his duties as president. The joke starts to turn on Zach, though, as Cap becomes the best-loved student in the school and the greatest eighth grade president in the school’s history.  Will Zach ever be popular again? (Natalie in grade eight)

The Search (Scholastic, 2006), the second book in the Kidnapped series by Gordon Korman, is an exhilarating read about a family, the Falconers, who are trying to locate their daughter, Meg, who was kidnapped while walking home from school with her brother. FBI agent Emmanuel Harris has been assigned to help, but Meg’s brother Aiden has been through a lot with his little sister and so is very useful in the search to find her.
Meg’s kidnappers don’t know what to do with her. They keep her locked up in a small concrete room with twelve-foot ceilings, leaving her no chance to escape. They are getting anxious and start travelling towards their cabin in the mountains where it will be easier to hide. Their only problem is the long trip through the city.
In the days long ago when Meg and Aiden were fugitives surviving by themselves, they used lots of tactics – learned from their father’s far-fetched stories – to get away from danger. Now when Meg is forced to come with the kidnappers to their cabin, she uses her knowledge to leave clues that only her brother can understand. And as soon as Aiden notices these clues, he tells everyone. But no one else is willing to believe him, and so he runs away from home to look for his sister. Now there are two missing children. It seems like all the Falconer’s lives are going down the drain.
This novel is an absolute page turner. I could not put it down! If you like books full of excitement, I guarantee that you will enjoy The Search! (Joseph in grade 7)

The Abduction (Scholastic, 2006), the first book in the “Kidnapped” series by Gordon Korman, is a thrilling read about a family, the Falconers, who seem to be a normal family but their lives are very different than ours. The parents are falsely accused of aiding foreign terrorists and spend fourteen months of their life sentences in prison before they are finally proven innocent. The children, eleven-year-old Meg and fifteen-year-old Aiden, are forced to be fugitives, running to stay alive. Even after they are reunited with their parents and able to go back to school, they are not treated fairly: they are mocked and hated by everyone, even the teachers. To make matters worse, one day they are walking home from school when a van appears beside them. The people inside, wearing masks, jump out of the van and try to grab them! Aiden fights back and rips away, but Meg is too young. Aiden is unable to save her and Meg is kidnapped.
The Abduction is a thrilling book full of terror, betrayal and the warmth of a family’s love. It is an absolute page turner! (Joseph in grade 7)

The Contest (Scholastic, 2002) is the first book of the thrilling series ‘Everest’ by Gordon Korman. It starts off with Dominic, who joins 15 other candidates who hope to climb Mount Everest. He is one of the wild cards, and so along with his older brother, Chris, he sets out for the Summit Athletic Sports Training facility where they all the candidates get to be trained by the famous Cap Cicero, a mountaineering legend who lead the last group of teens up Mount Everest. Everyone works hard, carrying 40 pound packs on long seven-hour hikes! But the imperious Cap sends most of them home and only seven contestants remain. Dominic and his brother are two of them! Who will make it on the team to climb massive Everest? Will they survive the climb? Read this book to learn the outcome of this electrifying novel. (Rachel in grade 7)


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