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Macdonald Hall: This Can't Be Happening! [Paperback]

Gordon Korman
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March 1 2003 Macdonald Hall
The book that started it all, written when Gordon Korman was only 12! Best friends Bruno Walton and Melvin "Boots" O'Neal love sharing a dorm room at Macdonald Hall. But their practical jokes get out of hand, and Headmaster Sturgeon -- they call him The Fish-- separates the buddies. How will Bruno and Boots get back together?

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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

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning! April 10 2004
Every writer and reader of YA fiction should read this book.  Not because it's the best book in Korman's long career, but because it's the first.  And he wrote it when he was twelve years old.  Many publishers publish books by kids because it's a great media bonanza -- Korman was one of the few child prodigies who turned out to be a prolific and talented writer.  In this first book he introduces Bruno and Boots, two smart alecky kids who get into loads of trouble through the course of the novel.  The plot is simple.  Bruno and Boots get into trouble.  Bruno and Boots find a clever way to get out of trouble.  But the fun is in the humour and the light-heartedness of the book.  Korman obviously liked these two characters because he went on to write several more books based at Mcdonald Hall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story from a Canadian Author July 6 2006
I remembering being in Grade 8 when my teacher introduced us to a book written by a 12 year old author. We were read a chapter a day and I was captivated by the story that unfolded.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so cool! May 13 2004
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I love these Gordon Korman books. You are always guarenteed to laugh out loud. I think they are fantastic for kids, or just anyone who enjoys light hearted, well written entertainment - I am 25 and still reread my Gordon Korman books!! I think that these books would be especially great to read to kids who don't like to read, and to get those said kids started - I mean this is enjoyment, pure and simple!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best Book I've ever read! In fact, Feb. 15 2002
I thought at the beginning when I looked at the cover that it was stupid. Well, like they always say, you can't judge a book by it's cover =) It was read to me my a teacher in 7th grade and we did questions on it, etc. Here is my review:.
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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