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Challenging Stories Book Club



Challenging Stories Book Club

is pleased to present....






By author, Gordon Korman


In conversation with...

Sigal Turch, Bialik Hebrew Day School

Rebecca Kogon, Bialik Hebrew Day School

Daniel Armiss, Halton District School Board


Student drawings from
Daniel Armiss’s classroom

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This student drawing was designed to look like a movie poster for the book and was aiming to capture the "who done it" mystery of the book.

In this drawing, a student was trying to catch the largeness of the links, with words written inside them. 

This student drawing was designed to look like a movie poster for the book. The artist was aiming to capture the emotion of some of the major characters.


Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it’s woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into the school and vandalizes it with a swastika. Who would do such a thing?


Because Michael was first to see it, he’s the first suspect. Because Link is the most popular guy in school, everyone’s expecting him to figure it out. And because Dana’s the only Jewish girl in town, people are treating her more like an outsider than ever.


Then more swastikas begin to appear. Some students fight back and start an epic project to bring people together instead of dividing them further – a paper chain six million links long. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face – not just the crimes of the present, but also the crimes of the past.

Featuring: Gordon Korman

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I was born on October 23, 1963 in Montreal, Canada, and grew up mostly in the Toronto area.

My writing career began virtually by accident when I was in 7th grade. The track and field coach had to teach English. For creative writing, he gave us total freedom to work on whatever we wanted for the rest of the year. It was February. That added up to a class period per day for more than four months. The result was my first novel, THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING AT MACDONALD HALL.

I sent my manuscript to Scholastic because I was the class monitor for Scholastic Book Orders, and figured I was practically an employee. Seriously. (Full disclosure: my mom had to type my book for me.) It was a totally flukey and random way to launch a publishing career, but here’s the thing: It worked! THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING AT MACDONALD HALL was published by Scholastic when I was a freshman in high school, and I was on my way.

I’ve been writing for more than three-quarters of my life. My books have been translated into 32 languages and have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. I have a BFA degree from New York University with a major in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Film and TV.

I now live on Long Island, outside New York City, with my wife and family. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me on the road, appearing at schools, libraries, and bookstores, meeting my readers.

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