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Gordon Korman

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Mansi Dhond

on 23 January 2013

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Gordon Korman By Mansi Dhond Gordon Korman's Birth Gordon Korman was born October 23, 1963, in Montreal Quebec Canada. Gordon Korman was named after Gordie Howe, the hockey player. How Has Gordon Korman's Life Affected His Writing? This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall was influenced by a 7th grade coach that had no idea what he was doing when he started teaching English in his school.
The 6th Grade Nickname was based on one of his teachers named Mr. Huge
Rob in No Coins, Please is based on his friend Hal who was a counselor in California
Don't Care High mainly reflected his own Canadian school experience with some of his NY experience
In books such as the Swindle series, Gordon Korman has an "Idea Man" which is based on himself
No More Dead Dogs was written because Gordon Kormon was sick of books where the dog always dies in the end. Gordon Korman's Life He lived there for seven years until 1970. He currently lives in Long Island, NY. He is married and has three children. Gordon Korman is a successful author who has published over 70 books. He published his first book at the age of 14 and wrote it when he was 12. He mostly went to school in the United States, but did go to school for a few years in Canada. 7th grade was a big year for Gordon Korman. It was the time that he wrote he first book. He was inspired this year by events that occurred in his life. He had an English teacher who had no idea what he was doing because previously he was a football coach. Mr. Huge was also a 7th grade teacher who was a role model to him. 7th grade was also when he started being called the "Idea Man" and "G-Man." When he was in Middle School, he like dogs very much, and often read books about them. He got very annoyed when the dog died at the end, so when he grew up, he wrote "No More Dead Dogs." Throughout school, he was a B+ student. When he grew up, he enjoyed spending time with his friend named Hal, and he wrote a book influenced by him. Awards Won ALA Best Book List, and ALA Editor's Choice for A Semester in the Life of a Garbag Bag, 1988
IRA Children's Choice Award for I Want to Go Home, 1986; Our Man Weston, 1987
Markham Civic Award for the Arts for body of work, 1987
Air Canada Award for body of work, 1991
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award for The Zucchini Warriors, 1992
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults for Losing Joe's Place, 2001
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults for The Toilet Paper Tigers, 1999
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults for The Chicken Doesn't Skate, 2001
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults Annotated List for Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle, 2003
American Library Association Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults Annotated List Son of the Mob, 2003
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate Division (Grades 7–9) for Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle, 2003
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award – Intermediate Division (Grades 7–9) for No More Dead Dogs, 2003
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults Annotated List for 2003 Jake Reinvented, 2003
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Arkansas) for Zoobreak, 20011-2012 Why Did The Underwear Cross The Road? Justin Zeckendorf is determined to win his fourth grade good-deed contest. The winner gets to go to Tidal Wave Water Park, He gets extremely disappointed when he is paired up with the two stupidest girls in his class, Jessica Zander and Margaret Zachary. Together they make the team called "The 3 Zs." Justin is an idea man, ad he comes up with many ideas such as throwing a ton of instant mashed potato packets into Niagara Falls. His teacher disapproves all of his crazy ideas, and soon she starts "awarding" his group with negative points. He then comes up with a genius idea. Will it work? Will he win the contest and go to the water park? I recommend this novel to a younger person who enjoys humorous books. It is very easy to read, but well written. It is good for a person who wants a quick read. I personally did not enjoy the story as it didn't have much depth, but I did laugh several times while reading it. Author's Craft No More Dead Dogs has a lot of sarcasm and satire. Gordon Korman also uses many idioms.
The main character is always the tone for the narrator. In Swindle, Griffin Bing sounded like the narrator
He always varies ways of saying "Hello" depending on the character. Some characters say "What's Up?" while others say "Hey!"
Gordon Korman always adds humor to every book. In the Island series, there is a very tense tone, but he still manages to add jokes, such as after the first man of the ship steals supplies.
In schooled, as well as several other books, he switches the narrator every chapter. The first chapter starts with Cap narrating, but in the second chapter, Mrs. Donelly narrates. Gordon Korman has won numerous awards for his outstanding literature. Bibliography Gordon, Korman “Gordon Korman.” Gordon Korman. 2013. Jan. 15, 2013 < http://www.gordonkorman.com>. “Writers Speak To Kids.” NBC Learn. 2013. Jan. 15, 2013
<http://www.nbclearn.com/writersspeak/cuecard/61020>.Alex “Awards.” Title of the Site 2012. Jan. 14, 2013 < http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312576/>.Liphardt, Katharine. “Literary Analysis.” Literary Analysis. 2013. Jan. 14, 2013<http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/2010/2/10.02.09.x.html>.“Gordon Korman Bio.” Scholastic. 2013. Jan. 14, 2013 < http://www.scholastic.com/gordonkorman/bio.htm>.
Korman, Gordon. Schooled. New York: Hyperion Books, 2007.
Korman, Gordon. Swindle. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2008.
Korman, Gordon. Island Book 1: Shipwreck. New York: Scholastic, 2009.
Korman, Gordon No More Dead Dogs. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2007.
Korman, Gordon. This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hal. New York: Hyperion Books, 1998.
Korman, Gordon. Rob in No Coins, Please. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2010.
Korman, Gordon. The 6th Grade Nickname. New York: Hyperion Books, 2007.
Korman, Gordon. Don't Care High. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2008. Island Book 1: Shipwreck Luke, Lyssa, Will, Ia, J.J., and Charla all are sent on a boat for a special teens program. It is a month long program called Charting a New Course. They all have their own problems that need to be resolved. At first, they have trouble dealing with eachother and getting along. Later, they realize they have to work together in order to survive. The ship has a very friendly captain and a very mean first mate, Mr. Radford. A freak storm occurs and damages the ship. The storm washes the captain overboard, and he is never to be seen again. The children are left with Mr. Radford. Will they survive? I loved this book. I think it was an action-packed quick read. Gordon Korman managed to add humor to such a serious book making it much better. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny and adventure books.
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