Macdonald Hall: This Can't Be Happening! Paperback – Mar 1 2003
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"Korman has a unique talent for creating genuinely funny, roll-on-the-floor, laugh-out-loud books. All of his many books are bestsellers, a testament to his popularity with kids." -- Quill & Quire
About the Author
Gordon Korman has written more than fifty books for children and young adults, including four ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Son of the Mob, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag, Son of Interflux and Losing Joe's Place. When he was 12, he wrote his first book, This Can't Be Happening!, about the adventures of two friends, Bruno and Boots, who went to a boarding school called Macdonald Hall. He has written six other books about Macdonald Hall, which have recently been reissued. Gordon has also written The New York Times bestseller, 39 Clues: One False Note and plans to write more for the series. He also wrote Swindle, a Silver Birch nominee, and its sequel, Zoobreak. Other popular Korman books include: The Juvie Three, Pop, The 6th Grade Nickname Game, Jake Reinvented, Maxx Comedy, The Everest Trilogy, The Island Trilogy and The Dive Trilogy. A native of Thornhill, Ontario, and a graduate of New York University's School of Dramatic Writing, Korman lives in New York with his family and writes full-time.
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The MacDonald Hall series is a great read for children who are in Grade 7 and up. Many of the situations that Korman describes in these works are merely slightly exgerated events that many of us have been in at one time of another. Each of them will produce a chuckle even in the grumpiest of people.
In this first novel, This Can't Be Happening, we are introduced to the two main characters. Boots and Bruno, two friends who are both attending a private school for boys. Their misadventures bring them into conflict with Mr. Sturgeon a.k.a The Fish. Through their own actions, Bruno and Boots are split up in an attempt to curb their mischievious desires. In the end, they redeem themselves, but not after having to suffer through living with new roommates whose habits would drive anyone out of their minds.
Bottom lin: kids will enjoy these books and even more so.... may find out where Malbonia is.
Two boys, Bruno and Melvin (Boots) are mischief makers at MacDonald Hall (a boarding school for boys). Mr Sturgeon (the fish) decides to seperteate them and he puts them it rooms with the gouliest boys in the hall, Elmer Drimsdale (the genius science-freak) and George Wexford-Smyth III (the richest and snobbiest boy in the school). Bruno and Boots need to try different plans to get back in the same room again, room 306 - Dormitory 3. Can they do it? Read to find out!
Other GREAT Books I've read from this series is "Beware the Fish" where MacDonald Hall is going broke and Elmer Drimsdale brodcasts fish across the country on a TV screen, and "Go Jump in the Pool!" where MacDonald Hall is ALWAYS loosing to York Academy in the swim team and need a pool - and save Boots from going to York Acedemy, like his parent's want. I really reccomend ALL of the MacDonald Hall books, and my favorite character is Elmer Drimsdale, who, takes a major role in "this can't be happening at macdonald hall", and "beware the fish". I think that he is by far, the funniest.
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I am beyond thrilled that these books are being reprinted. This Can't Be Happening was the first book I ever read that wasn't Nancy Drew and I loved it! Read morePublished on Dec 12 2003 by Theresa Sd Miller
The first time I heard about this book my fifth grade teacher read to us. I thought it was pretty good. It is funny.Published on April 1 2000
This is a great book. The characters are all distinct in some waay, and they really bring the book to life. Read morePublished on July 17 1998