Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Gordon Korman wrote his first book when he was 12, called “This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall,” about a coach who suddenly became an English teacher. He later turned it into another book, called “Sixth Grade Nickname Game,” which featured the character Mr. Huge, who was based on Korman’s seventh grade English teacher. A prolific writer, Korman has more than 55 books to his credit, including “The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series #1” and his latest, “Titanic No. 3: S.O.S.” (Scholastic).

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Gordon Korman