November 26, 2008
If you have read the first book in The 39 Clues series, then I know you are dying to read the second book, which comes out on December 2nd. The title is One False Note by Gordon Korman, and this book is so top-secret that I couldn’t even pull any strings to get an advance copy! No fair!
I did have the chance to interview Korman a couple of weeks ago, and I tried to get him to reveal some of the secrets! He didn’t give anything away, of course, but one thing he told me is that he loves it when kids write new stories based on his books. He actually said it was one of the best gifts he ever gets from kids.
So, now it’s your turn! Let Korman’s books be a springboard for your imagination and write your own story. Need some inspiration? Watch this video to find out what Korman had to say about writing The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note.
— Sonja, Scholastic.com Editor
October 8, 2008
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