Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman is a Canadian-American author of young adult and children’s novels. He is the author of the Macdonald Hall (aka Bruno and Boots), Swindle Mysteries and On the Run. He has also contributed to the multi-author 39 Clues series. Korman was born in Montreal and grew up in Thornhill, Ontario (outside of Toronto). He moved to the United States in order to attend New York University, where he earned his B.A. in 1985. Gordon lives in Long Island, New York with his wife and three children.

Gordon Korman wrote his first novel as apart of a Grade 7 assignment. That assignment became the manuscript for the novel This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, which was published in 1978 when he was 14 years old. He had already had five books published by the time he graduated high school. Below is a list of Gordon Korman’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of Macdonald Hall Books

This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall! (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Go Jump in the Pool! (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beware the Fish! (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The War with Mr. Wizzle (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Zucchini Warriors (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
MacDonald Hall Goes Hollywood / Lights, Camera, Disaster! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Something Fishy at Macdonald Hall / The Joke's On Us (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Ungifted Books

Publication Order of Bugs Potter Books

Who is Bugs Potter? (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bugs Potter Live at Nickaninny (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Jeremy Bloom Collections

The D-poems of Jeremy Bloom: A Collection of Poems About School, Homework, and Life (Sort Of) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Last-place Sports Poems of Jeremy Bloom: A Collection of Poems About Winning, Losing, and Being a Good Sport (Sometimes) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Monday Night Football Club Books

Quarterback Exchange: I Was John Elway (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Running Back Conversion: I Was Barry Sanders (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Super Bowl Switch: I Was Dan Marino (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Heavy Artillery: I Was Junior Seau (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ultimate Scoring Machine: I Was Jerry Rice (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
NFL Rules!: Bloopers, Pranks, Upsets and Touchdowns (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Slapshots Books

The Stars From Mars (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All-Mars All-Stars / The Dream Team (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Face-Off Phony (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cup Crazy (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Nose Pickers from Outer Space Books

Nosepickers from Outer Space (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Planet of the Nose Pickers (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Your Mummy is a Nose Picker (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Invasion of the Nose Pickers (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Island Books

Publication Order of Everest Books

Publication Order of Son of the Mob Books

Son of the Mob (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hollywood Hustle (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Dive Books

Publication Order of On The Run Books

Chasing The Falconers (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fugitive Factor (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Now You See Them, Now You Don't (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Stowaway Solution (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Public Enemies (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hunting the Hunter (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Kidnapped Books

Publication Order of Swindle Mysteries Books

Publication Order of The 39 Clues Books

The Maze of Bones (By: Rick Riordan) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
One False Note (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sword Thief (By: Peter Lerangis) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beyond the Grave (By: Jude Watson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Black Circle (By: Patrick Carman) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In Too Deep (By: Jude Watson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Viper's Nest (By: Peter Lerangis) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The 39 Clues: Agent Handbook (By: Scholastic Inc.) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Emperor's Code (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Storm Warning (By: Linda Sue Park) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Into the Gauntlet (By: Margaret Peterson Haddix) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Vespers Rising (By: Jude Watson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Black Book of Buried Secrets (Companion Book) (By: Rick Riordan) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Midnight Ride (By: Clifford Riley) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Midnight Ride is a prequel.

Publication Order of The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Books

The Medusa Plot (By: Jude Watson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A King's Ransom (By: Jude Watson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead of Night (By: Peter Lerangis) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shatterproof (By: Roland Smith) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trust No One (By: Linda Sue Park) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Day of Doom (By: David Baldacci) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Books

Nowhere to Run (By: Jude Watson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Breakaway (By: Jeff Hirsch) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Countdown (By: Natalie Standiford) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Countdown (By: Natalie Standiford) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flashpoint (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Titanic Books

Publication Order of The Hypnotists Books

The Hypnotists (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Memory Maze (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dragonfly Effect (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Masterminds Books

Publication Order of Slacker Books

Publication Order of The Jersey Books

It's Magic! (With: Jay Sinclair) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No Girly-Girls Allowed (With: Jay Sinclair) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nick's a Chick (With: Matty Selman) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This Rocks! (With: Matty Selman) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Team Player (With: Paul Mantell) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Head Over Heels (With: Paul Mantell) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fight for Your Right (With: Paul Mantell) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Need for Speed (With: Elizabeth M. Rees) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Our Man Weston (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No Coins, Please (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
I Want to Go Home (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Son of Interflux (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Don't Care High (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Radio Fifth Grade (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Losing Joe's Place (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Twinkie Squad (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Toilet Paper Tigers (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road? (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The 6th Grade Nickname Game (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pop (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No More Dead Dogs (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Maxx Comedy (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jake, Reinvented (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Born to Rock (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Schooled (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Juvie Three (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Restart (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Whatshisface (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Unteachables (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Notorious (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mad Science (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Unplugged (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Linked (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Operation Do-Over (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fort (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Superteacher Project (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mixed Up (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Slugfest (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Tales Of Suspense For Boys (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
War Stories (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

From One Experience to Another(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This Family Is Driving Me Crazy(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Guys Read: The Sports Pages(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hope Wins(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: This Can’t Be Hapening at Macdonald Hall was later re-issued as This Can’t Be Happening. The War with Mr. Wizzle was re-issued using the title The Wizzle War. Macdonald Hall Goes Hollywood was re-published as Lights, Camera, Disaster!. Something Fishy at Macdonald Hall was later re-titled The Joke’s On Us. The Jeremy Bloom poetry collections are co-authored by Bernice Korman. Clue Me In! was co-authored by Kathy Burkett. NFL Rules!: Bloopers, Pranks, Upsets and Touchdowns was co-authored with James Buckley, Jr. and Brian Peterson. Tales of Suspense for Boys also has stories by Katherine Applegate & R.L. Stine.

If You Like Gordon Korman Books, You’ll Love…

Gordon Korman Synopses: In Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman, Tom’s twin brother is playing detective and trying to track down a potential spy at a Canadian resort hotel where the twins have summer jobs, and Tom’s goal is to stop him.

In Don’t Care High by Gordon Korman, Paul is trying to get used to life in New York City. Things at his high school, which is nicknamed “Don’t Care High,” aren’t going too well, until he manages to manipulate a student council president, energizing the students.

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