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The title of the book refers to a collision in football or the "pop". In this book, it also refers to one of main characters named Charlie Popovich who played football in the NFL and was nicknamed the "King of Pop". He liked being a player who made the "pop" happen. At the local park, Charlie (now middle-aged) befriends a young man named Marcus who is new to town and getting in shape for football season. The two become unlikely friends until Marcus makes a shocking discovery about Charlie. This is a more serious book from Gordon Korman. Excuse the pun, but this book "tackles" some very serious subject matter. The author does not shy away from tragedy in this book. The tragedy is unpredictable but very realistic, just like "real life".

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1749391?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordon believes in the power of a good sense of humor!

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Leo Caraway has always been aware of a rage within. It comes as no surprise to him when he discovers that his biological father is the front man for a punk rock band. He finds an opportunity to meet his dad at a press conference for the beginning of a "comeback" tour. His dad invites him to join the tour, for the summer, as a roadie. (This is the summer after Leo graduates from high school.) Leo learns about the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and realizes his values are not aligned with it. Paradoxically, he forms a sense of belonging with his dad on the few occasions that his dad truly recognizes him. (It turns out that dad is struggling with this new role of father and trying to do right by it.) This book was a fast and enjoyable read. It was poignant because the themes were the universal human ones of identity and integrity set in an environment that many of us are curious about. Punk rock bands have asked very meaningful and important life and societal questions through their music. How do/did those very same individuals grapple with the microcosm of nuclear family?

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1595048?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordan Kormon likes the Ramones!

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Through a preposterous chain of events, that he set in motion, Donovan Curtis is sent to a middle school for the gifted. He clearly does not belong. The other students know it. The teachers know it. But Donovan bumbles along and actually contributes his social talents in a significant way to his classmates. The title refers to Donovan and each chapter heading is cleverly labeled with a variation of "un". Each chapter is from a point of view of one of the characters and the headings tell their names and their IQs. IQ is clearly just one part of who people are and how they are developing. This book would be a great jumping off point for discussing what is intelligence anyway? And how hard is it to be labeled "gifted"? "Ungifted"? Donovan's sister is living with his family while her husband serves in Afghanistan. She is pregnant and brings a dog into the home, too. They (Katie & Beatrice, dog) provide some very comical scenes in the book. A character named Noah who is at the academy with Donovan is off-the-charts brilliant but trying his best to be "normal" and get thrown out of the academy. He is hilarious and actually achieves his wish by the end of the book. Donovan is found lacking and returned to the regular middle school at the conclusion. The book provides very fun lessons in acceptance and how our school systems/society need examination and inclusion efforts.

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1887862?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordon Korman likes Asian food like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, etc.

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The teenage years are challenging enough: identifying your talents, planning your future, learning about friendship and love, figuring out how you fit in. It is even more challenging for Gecko, Terence, and Arjay who have committed crimes at a very young age. Enter: Doug Healy, a man who had challenges of his own as a youth. With permission, he gives these young men a second chance by creating a half-way house for them. They can attend school, do chores, and get their lives together. It all goes amiss when Doug is accidentally knocked out when he steps between the boys during a scuffle and then loses his memory. The boys try as best they can to go on as normal even though that requires subterfuge, deceit and not letting the story of their culpability out. This strange turn of events actually helps the boys to mature. When Doug finally gets his memory back he is able to praise the boys for their initiative and perseverance. A great story about how people can rise above negative expectations. Also, seeing the challenges through the eyes of each character was very helpful for building empathy.

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1707339?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordon Korman has written over 80 books!

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A delight! What would it be like to be a son of a mobster dating a daughter of an FBI agent? Pretty tough! This clever book is written from the point of view of Vincent, "the son of the mob", who finds the "vending machine business" distasteful and just plain wrong. Vincent is torn between the perks of being in a mob family and his personal need to disassociate from them. There are a few mysteries interwoven in the book and lots of humorous situations. Very entertaining!

 

This was a terrific sequel to "Son of the Mob". Vince and Kendra from book one are headed to California to attend neighboring colleges. Vince is the son of a mobster and Kendra is the daughter of an FBI agent. It works for them! Vince is rooming with Trey who has an uncomfortable relationship with his father, a congressman. Vince & Trey have this in common: how they are pawns in the hands of their fathers. Tommy, Vince's brother, moves in with Vince & Trey claiming he wants to "get out of the life" and try on college for size. Suddenly, Tommy's group vastly grows as more and more members of Vince's family head for CA. Vince is trying to stay one step ahead of everyone but is mostly lacking in control of anything. However, his heart is in the right place. Vince is taking a film class with plans for his future where all the participants are assigned filming projects. Meanwhile, the Congressman, the Mob and the FBI are all converging for some dirty dealings with union bosses. It is suspenseful writing as all of the pieces fall together. (Where did the author learn the politics and vocabulary of the mob?) Kendra and Vince are having a hit or miss relationship because she is starring for a different film in the film class--a musical being directed by an unsavory classmate! This only fuels Vince's considerable frustration with how life has become more confusing since leaving home, not less. Eventually in the film class, a tape accidentally surfaces of a mob incident and Vince is hailed as an artist as it is credited to him. At the conclusion of the book, comically, Vince's father finds this turn of events charming and something to have pride in Vincent for. He cannot wait to screen the film! Yikes!

Son of the Mob in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1455887?lang=eng

Son of the Mob/Hollywood Hustle in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1527277?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordon's last visit to Seymour was in 1995!