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Gordon Korman

Author of One False Note

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About the Author

Gordon Korman was born in Montreal, Canada on October 23, 1963. When his 7th-grade English teacher told the class they could have 45 minutes a day for four months to work on a story of their choice, Korman began This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. He was also the class monitor for the show more Scholastic TAB Book Club, so he sent his novel to the address on the TAB flyer, and a few days after his 14th birthday, he had a book contract with Scholastic. By the time he graduated from high school, he had published five other novels and several articles for Canadian newspapers. He received a BFA degree from New York University with a major in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Film and TV. He has written over 75 books for children and young adults including the Swindle series, The Juvie Three, and two books of poetry written by the fictional character Jeremy Bloom. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Author Gordon Korman at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84523418

Series

Works by Gordon Korman

One False Note (2008) 3,195 copies
Swindle (2008) 2,725 copies
Schooled (2007) 2,714 copies
Shipwreck (2000) 2,052 copies
Ungifted (2012) 2,047 copies
Restart (2017) 1,892 copies
No More Dead Dogs (2000) 1,834 copies
The Emperor's Code (2010) 1,639 copies
Zoobreak (2000) 1,394 copies
The Contest (2004) 1,260 copies
Escape (2001) 1,221 copies
Vespers Rising (2011) 1,135 copies
Unsinkable (2011) 1,116 copies
Survival (2001) 1,102 copies
Chasing the Falconers (2005) 1,073 copies
The Climb (2005) 1,058 copies
The Summit (2006) 1,052 copies
Framed (2010) 984 copies
The Discovery (Dive, Book 1) (2003) 969 copies
Son of the Mob (2002) 949 copies
The Medusa Plot (2011) 949 copies
The Fugitive Factor (2005) 836 copies
Collision Course (2011) 788 copies
S.O.S. (2011) 761 copies
The Deep (Dive, Book 2) (2003) 744 copies
Radio Fifth Grade (1989) 742 copies
Slacker (2016) 738 copies
The Unteachables (2019) 714 copies
The 6th Grade Nickname Game (1998) 704 copies
Masterminds (1800) 690 copies
The Danger (Dive, Book 3) (2004) 667 copies
Showoff (Swindle) (2012) 662 copies
Born to Rock (2006) 612 copies
The Hypnotists: Book 1 (2013) 598 copies
Pop (2009) 564 copies
I Want to Go Home! (1981) 545 copies
Hideout (Swindle) (2013) 541 copies
The Stowaway Solution (2005) 526 copies
The Zucchini Warriors (1988) 504 copies
The Juvie Three (2008) 488 copies
Public Enemies (2005) 487 copies
Beware the Fish! (1980) 458 copies
Supergifted (2018) 438 copies
Hunting the Hunter (2006) 431 copies
Go Jump in the Pool! (1979) 403 copies
Jackpot: A Swindle Mystery (2014) 391 copies
The War With Mr. Wizzle (1982) 388 copies
The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993) 388 copies
Losing Joe's Place (1990) 366 copies
The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1996) 364 copies
Linked (2021) 336 copies
No Coins, Please (1984) 310 copies
Whatshisface (2018) 304 copies
The Twinkie Squad (1992) 292 copies
Unleashed (Swindle #7) (2015) 282 copies
Jake, Reinvented (2003) 279 copies
La Paloma Y La Luna (1998) 262 copies
Who is Bugs Potter? (1980) 256 copies
Unplugged (2021) 254 copies
Son of Interflux (1988) 232 copies
War Stories (2020) 228 copies
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (1997) 215 copies
Don't Care High (1985) 197 copies
Flashpoint (2014) 196 copies
The Fort (2022) 182 copies
Jingle (Swindle #8) (2016) 163 copies
Masterminds: Payback (2017) 162 copies
Our Man Weston (1982) 139 copies
Level 13 (2019) 109 copies
Notorious (2020) 97 copies
Operation Do-Over (2022) 81 copies
The Stars From Mars (1999) 61 copies
All-Mars All-Stars (1999) 55 copies
The Superteacher Project (2023) 54 copies
Cup Crazy (2000) 52 copies
Everest Trilogy (1809) 50 copies
Mixed Up (2023) 39 copies
Slugfest (2024) 34 copies
The Kidnapped Trilogy (1905) 18 copies
The 39 Clues Set (Books: 1 - 5) (2011) — Author — 18 copies
Sous La Mer (2004) 9 copies
On the Run Books 1-3 (2010) 3 copies
Game On! (2021) 2 copies
Unsinkable 2 copies
Ollie is weird 2 copies
Faker (2024) 2 copies
War Stories 1 copy
LA ISLA 1 copy
Skellag 1 copy
Abissi 1 copy
Minti Geniale, Vol. 1 (2022) 1 copy
Kejsarkoden (2010) 1 copy
En falsk ton (2009) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1963-10-23
Gender
male
Nationality
Canada (birth)
Birthplace
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Places of residence
Montréal, Québec, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Great Neck, Long Island, New York, USA
Education
New York University (BA ∙ Fine Arts)
German Mills Public School
Thornlea Secondary School
Occupations
children's book author
Short biography
Gordon Korman published his first book at the ages of 14, and has written more than 90 juvenile and teen novels. His favorites include the New York Times bestselling Ungifted, Supergifted, Pop, and the Mastermind Sereis. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. [from The Unteachables, 2019]

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Gave kind of Stand by Me vibes. a group fo five guys - four old friends and one new kid - discover a dead rich guy's cold war era bomb shelter. It becomes a haven for them and a secret they strive to protect. All the group take turns telling their story. Each character is developed and portrayed with care. There's an abusive step-dad and a high school aged dangerous creep that the kids have to grapple with as well as figuring out how to care for each other. Characters present white.
 
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ewyatt | 2 other reviews | May 12, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level 3-7
Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee – Honeybee (Chapter Book) – 2019)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee – Grades 6-8 – 2018)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee – Intermediate – 2019)
 
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lprince83 | 9 other reviews | Apr 30, 2024 |
I downloaded this audio despite the off-putting title--I don't generally like creepy hostage things, but I ended up liking it. It's only about 2 1/2 hours, and the kidnapped girl is like a young MacGyver (resourceful). It's the first of a three part series--kind of. It actually frequently references an earlier series--so you'd really want to read that one first; that one is a 6 part series called, "On the Run".
 
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TraSea | 20 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
This is part two of a three part series that sequels a 6 part series called "On the Run". (Children's books are getting too complicated with all this series stuff!) Meg was kidnapped and continues to try to get free while her brother, Aiden, along with the FBI, tries to find her.
 
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TraSea | 6 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |

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Works
172
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Members
59,971
Popularity
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Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,094
ISBNs
1,486
Languages
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Favorited
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