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Transcript of Gordon Korman

Author Biography
Born : MontrealCA
Current Home: Long Island, NY, US

“I grew up, but my imagination is firmly rooted in the middle grades.” —Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is a bestselling author of more than 75 books for kids and young adults. He began his career at the age of twelve when his seventh-grade English assignment end up becoming his first novel. It was published while he was a freshman in high school. Isn't that cool!!
Now he is a full-time writer, with about 17 million copies of his novels in print, which have been translated into 14 languages.
Scholastic Interview
More About Gordon Korman
Secrete to Success
What is the secret of Gordon’s success?
"It’s a combination between real life and pure imagination,"
he says. "I always start off with something real, but then I
unleash my imagination to make it more exciting, funnier, or
a better story. To be honest, by the time a book is done, you
can’t recognize much of the real-life part. It’s been changed
too much. But I never could have gotten there without it." - Gordon Korman
Nickelodeon made Gordon Korman’s Swindle series into a made-for-TV movie.
Fun Facts
Q: What is it like being a book writer? Do you enjoy your job being an author and writing a book? How did you think of your first adventure book?

A: I love my job. The way I see it, I get paid for making things up – something I used to do for free. My first adventure series was ISLAND. I had always written funny books before that, but I wanted to try something more serious.
As a writer, you have to vary your style to keep it interesting for yourself. If you’re bored writing, it won’t be interesting for anybody else to read.
I’d always enjoyed good old-fashioned kid-versus-nature survival stories, so ISLAND was a natural.

Non-series Books

•Who is Bugs Potter? (1980)
•I Want to Go Home (1981)
•Our man Weston (1982)
•Bugs Potter LIVE at Nickaninny (1983)
•No Coins, Please (1984)
•Don't Care High (1985)
•Son of Interflux (1986)
•A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag (1987)
•Radio 5th Grade (1989)
•Losing Joe's Place (1990)
•The D- Poems of Jeremy Bloom (1992)
•The Twinkie Squad (1992)
•The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993)

•Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road (1994)
•The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1996)
•Liar, Liar Pants on Fire (1997)
•The Sixth Grade Nickname Game (1998)
•Hollywood Hustle (2001)
•Son of the Mob (2002)
•No More Dead Dogs (2002)
•Maxx Comedy: The Funniest Kid in America (2003)
•Jake, Reinvented (2003)
•Born To Rock (2006)
•Schooled (2007)
•The Juvie Three (2008)
•Pop (2009)
Series Books
Bruno and Boots/Macdonald Hall series
•This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall (1978, retitled as This Can't Be Happening! with the re-release of the books in 2003)
•Go Jump in the Pool (1979)
•Beware the Fish (1980)
•The War With Mr. Wizzle (1982, retitled The Wizzle War)
•The Zucchini Warriors (1988)
•Macdonald Hall Goes Hollywood (1991, retitled Lights, Camera, Disaster!)
•Something Fishy at Macdonald Hall (1995, retitled The Joke's On Us)

Monday Night Football
•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)

Slapshots series
•The Stars From Mars (1999)
•All-Mars All-Stars/The Dream Team (1999)
•The Face-off Phony (2000)
•Cup Crazy (2000)
•Slapshots The Complete Collection (2008)

Nose Pickers series
•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)
•The Ultimate Nose-Picker Collection (2006)

Island series
•Shipwreck (2000)
•Survival (2001)
•Escape (2001)
•Island Trilogy Bind-Up Book (2006)

Everest series
• Everest, The Contest (2002)
•Everest, The Climb (2002)
•Everest, The Summit (2002)

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

On the Run series
•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
•The Abduction (2006)
•The Search (2006)
•The Rescue (2006)

Swindle series
•Swindle (2008)
•Zoobreak (2009)
•Framed! (2010)

The 39 Clues series
•One False Note (2008)
•The Emperor's Code (2010)
•Vespers Rising (2011)


Book Talk
Zoobreak Book Talk
by Gordon Korman

Zoobreak is the sequel to Swindle, and the second book in what is in the process of becoming a series. (At this time, three books are in the works, and more could follow as time goes by.) Zoobreak is currently scheduled for release, according to amazon.com, on September 1st, and will be released in hardcover.

When Savannah's pet monkey is kidnapped, and found trapped on a floating zoo, Griffin Bing brings back together the team which last managed to steal back the Babe Ruth baseball card in Swindle. This time their goal is to recover Savannah's monkey, and strike a blow against the cruel person who kidnapped her.

But though Griffin has a plan, and has worked out many of the details, he'll learn the truth of the old saying about the best laid plans ... this one will involve more than any of the young freedom fighters might expect. Will the kids manage to free Cleopatra, or will they face the legal consequences they managed to avoid in the last book?

Series Books
Tips for Young Writers using Gordon Korman Writing Strategies
Use a combination of real life and imagination when writing.
Using your imagination makes your writing more exciting, funnier and helps create a better story.
Vary your writing style to keep it interesting for yourself.
Be a planner and use an outlines.
Take any adventure topic and brainstorm what can go wrong.
Then put yourself in your characters’ shoes: Are you prepared for this reversal?
Is there a damage control plan? What’s the worst-case scenario? Can it be avoided? Can you rescue yourself, or will you need help?
Finally, how do you get out of this mess?
Now write the scene, putting the greatest detail into the moments that are the most exciting – “I tried A, but B thwarted me.” How does it all turn out?

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39 Clues Book 8
Writer's Workshop with Gordon Korman
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
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