October 8, 2008

Gordon Korman

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Working on THE STACKS means that I’ve seen every single video on the Videos page.  And I want to point you to a video that I think is especially cool from an interview with Gordon Korman.

He wrote his first book for a 7th grade English project! How awesome is that?

The book he wrote, This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, is about two troublemakers, Bruno Walton and Melvin “Boots” O’Neal, and all the trouble they get into at a Canadian boarding school. (Korman is from Canada.)

Since then, Korman has written a ton of other books. There are the adventure series Island, Dive, and Everest. And he wrote On the Run, a series about two siblings who are trying to prove their parents’ innocents and save them from a life in jail. Plus, Swindle and the second book in The 39 Clues series.

But I can’t get over the story of his first book. It shows that becoming an author isn’t magic, that it doesn’t have to do with age or education; it’s just a matter of sitting down and writing a good story.

So now I’m curious: are any of you writers? What great stories are you telling?

— Carly H., STACKS Staffer