Gordon Korman

posted Mar 22, 2013, 12:17 PM by Michelle Bentler   [ updated Mar 23, 2013, 10:58 AM ]
After attending the Illinois Reading Conference, I'm am all energized to read more books by the authors I heard speak.  One of my favorite authors is Gordon Korman.  Swindle was my favorite book of the year, the year it came out.  So I didn't want to miss out on listening to his presentation.  I didn't know that Gordon wrote his first book at the age of 12 and it was published by Scholastic when he was 14 years old.  This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall is still in print today.  Gordon wrote it as a class assignment because his teacher left in the middle of the year and the track coach was given the job to be his English teacher.  Since the coach didn't know how to be an English teacher, he assigned the class to write for the remainder of the year.  So Gordon wrote his first book.

After the book was finished the coach wanted to laminate it and put it in the school library for others to read.  Gordon had other ideas.  He was the student monitor for the Scholastic book orders and so he sent his manuscript to the address  for Scholastic Book Clubs in Canada, because that is where he lived.  Amazingly, the manuscript did end up in the hands of the right person and Gordon Korman has been writing books for Scholastic ever since.  

You Tube of Gordon Korman speaking at the 2011 National Book Festival