New York University
Jennifer Sealy Gordon
New York University
| October 23, 1963 (age 52)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1963-10-23) |
Realistic fiction, adventure, comedy for young people
The Toilet Paper Tigers
The 39 Clues (contributor)
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Middle Grade & Children's
Swindle, Schooled, Ungifted, The Hypnotists:, One False Note
Judy Blundell, Peter Lerangis, Rick Riordan, Linda Sue Park, Margaret Peterson Haddix
Gordon Korman Wikipedia
Gordon Korman (born October 23, 1963) is a Canadian American author. Korman has written over 80 children's and young adult fiction books. Korman has sold more than 28 million books over a career spanning three decades and has appeared at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.
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 BFA 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 12 years old. While attending German Mills Public School, his seventh grade English teacher required the students to write a book report as an assignment. Not wanting to read any of the books available at the library, Korman created his own and then wrote a report on it. This became the manuscript for Korman's first book, This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, the first book in his Macdonald Hall 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 80 books which have sold more than 17 million copies in a career that has spanned three decades.
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.
Swindle was adapted into a movie that aired on Nickelodeon in 2013.
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. 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.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)
1999 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993)
2001 American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Losing Joe's Place (1990)
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)
2016 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature