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Gordon Korman


Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2021

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Authorial Context: Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is a Canadian American author. He grew up in Toronto and attended university in New York, where he now lives with his family. Writing steadily for four decades, he is the author of more than a hundred books for middle-grade and young adult readers, including series, stand-alone novels, historical fiction, and fantasy fiction. He is also a co-author of the 39 Clues series. Several of his books have been adapted for the screen. Korman’s books have sold more than 35 million copies around the world and been translated into 32 languages.

Korman’s writing career began when he was in grade seven and his creative writing teacher gave students the opportunity to work on anything they wanted for the second half of the year. Korman produced This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall, which was ultimately published by Scholastic Press in 1978 when Korman was in grade nine. Republished in 2003 with updated language and references, the book’s title was shortened to This Can’t be Happening!

Korman has won numerous awards for his writing in the United States and Canada, including the Air Canada Award for promising authors when he was 17 years old as well as several American Library Association and Pacific Northwest Library Association awards, among others.