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Gordon Korman was amazing at our library last night!! This is one of the favorite kinds of activities for librarians--meeting our super stars!!
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Did you know? Gordon believes in the power of a good sense of humor!
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?
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Did you know? Gordan Kormon likes the Ramones!
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.
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Did you know? Gordon Korman likes Asian food like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, etc.
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.
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Did you know? Gordon Korman has written over 80 books!