December 1, 2008
Hey, everyone! How awesome was that webcast? (So awesome!) Here’s what stood out to me — all exactly as I remember it:
- Whoopi Goldberg thinks Grace Cahill’s hat is cute.
- Gordon’s username on the39clues.com is GKAmadeus.
- Gordon is a member of the Janus branch.
- Gordon and his son are from different Cahill branches.
- Gordon is scared of the Lucian branch because they’re sneaky spies.
- Kids from over 100 countries have already joined the quest to discover the secret of the Cahill family’s power.
- The clues are being kept top-secret. The clue for Book 2 was delivered to Gordon’s house in the middle of the night in an unmarked, black envelope. Gordon never saw the face of the person who delivered it. He’s not even sure the messenger was entirely human!
- One of the special cards reveals that Hope Cahill, Amy and Dan’s mother, had a chip with one of the clues implanted in her arm.
- Book 2 is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his sister.
- Mozart loved potty humor. Once, when he quit his job, he told his old boss to use his contract for toilet paper.
- Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, was just as musically talented as Mozart.
- Despite being the most notorious musician of his age, Mozart died broke. What was he spending his money on? Gordon thinks he was searching for the 39 clues!
- Since Mozart died poor, he was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. To this day, no one knows where he was buried.
- Gordon’s favorite character to write is Jonah Wizard because of his dialogue. Gordon thinks every character has a dialogue “fingerprint,” meaning that the way each character speaks is completely unique. Jonah’s boneheaded, teen mogul speech is Gordon’s favorite.
- At the end, someone jumped on stage. It turned out to be Peter Lerangis, who is the author of Book 3. It’s coming out in March. The title of Book 3 is The Sword Thief. The cover is red, with swords and ninja stars!
What did I miss? What was your favorite part?
— Carly H., STACKS Staffer
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