Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Macdonald Hall Series
Gordon Korman's books “are notable for their slapstick humor, one-line jokes, zany settings … spree-filled escapades, highly energetic characters who seem to be refugees from Mack Sennett movies, and always an adult authority figure forever poised to break up the fun going on,” Patrick Hynan said in an article in Toronto's Globe & Mail.
The son of a chartered accountant and a journalist, Korman wrote his first book at age twelve as an assignment for an English class. It was This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. The writer received a degree in 1985 from New York University.
“They're not super-realistic,” Korman said of his books, in a promotional piece from his publisher, “but the dialogue is true-tolife. I think I have a pretty good sense of how kids think.” He observed, “In my own education, I found that many of the books we read in school had no relation to what we liked to read on our own. I write my books to be enjoyed.” Korman said of his audience, “One thing about fourth to tenth graders—they're a very honest bunch. If they like what you're saying, you know it; if they don't you know it even better.… And the next time I'm at my desk writing, I'll have a real feeling for the people at the other end.”
Korman's books about Macdonald Hall, a private boarding school for boys, feature Bruno, Boots, and friends. Reviewer S. J. Freisen found them “stereotypes. They, like the plot, are merely a