Search Results: "Gordon Korman"


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SHOWOFF by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A bumpy, plot-driven ride that moves along at a brisk pace, enthusiastically catapulting toward a potentially disastrous and hilarious conclusion. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Intrepid man-with-a-plan Griffin is up to his old tricks in his fourth outing, accompanied by a cast of patient middle-school best friends, all on a mission to save an overly energetic dog. Read full book review >

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BORN TO ROCK! by Gordon Korman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"This has virtually the same plotline as Liza Conrad's 'chicklet-lit' Rock My World (2005), and the two would make a great couple. (Fiction. YA)"
Korman is a good date: Laugh-out-loud funny, honest, hot and sweet, he knows how to start a story with lines about Republicans and body-cavity searches in the first few pages. Read full book review >

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CRIMINAL DESTINY by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Oddly paced with little payoff, this sequel falls victim to middle-volume slump. (Adventure. 8-12)"
After discovering that their home of Serenity, New Mexico, is really a giant science experiment to test the effects of nurturing on clones of master criminals (Masterminds, 2015), four teens escape and head out into the world in search of revenge and freedom.Read full book review >

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MASTERMINDS by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fresh premise, good pacing, surprising twists and engaging characters all combine to make this a series worth following. (Adventure. 8-12)"
With no unemployment, no homelessness and no crime, Serenity, New Mexico, is the perfect town. Or is it? Read full book review >

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POP by Gordon Korman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Banking his usual over-the-top humor, Korman goes straight to the heart. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Football will be the way Marcus Jordan makes the transition to his new school, so he practices in the park, preparing for tryouts. Read full book review >

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SON OF THE MOB by Gordon Korman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Laced with running gags—the hijacking of Vince's class-project Web site by his brother is priceless—here's a laugh-out-loud addition to the ranks of dreary teen fiction. (Fiction. YA)"
As if life as a high-school senior isn't hard enough, what with sports, SATs, college applications, and girls (or rather, the lack thereof), Vince Luca has to cope with the special complications of his father's involvement in the vending-machine business—the family euphemism for organized crime. Read full book review >

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WHY DID THE UNDERWEAR CROSS THE ROAD? by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Korman's (The Toilet Paper Tigers, 1993, etc.) tale is cringe-inducing in the finest comic manner, and the super pacing of this book will keep readers engaged through the final surprise scenes. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Justin Zeckendorf, Margaret Zachary, and Jessica Zander are the Zs. Read full book review >

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UNGIFTED by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Frequent allusions to The Wizard of Oz—with Tin Man the robot, Oz the teacher and themes of brains, heart and courage—add to the charm of this tale of a boy finding his home. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The last thing troublemaker and mediocre student Donovan Curtis ever expected was a transfer from Hardcastle Middle School to the prestigious Academy for Scholastic Distinction. Read full book review >

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ZOOBREAK by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The author's fans will be more than pleased, and those unfamiliar with the first will likely look it up. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Griffin Bing, "The Man With The Plan," and his full complement of co-conspirators from Swindle (2008) are back. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A rib-tickling followup performance to Sachar's Dogs Don't Tell Jokes (1991) or Levy's My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian (1997). (Fiction. 10-12)"
A lighter-than-air tale features Max Carmody, a sixth-grader with a mania (if not, from the evidence at each chapter's head, a talent) for standup, whose attempt to compete in a national comedy contest hits all sorts of snags. Read full book review >

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JINGLE by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Good fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
It's Christmas! Santa, elves, snow, presents…and grand theft! Read full book review >

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HIDEOUT by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Easy, slick and silly; it's Saturday-morning-cartoon hijinks between the covers of a book. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Hiding out's easy; forcing 150 pounds of former guard dog to hide out—not so much. Read full book review >