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Children's Author Gordon Korman Visits With Hans Herr Students

Award-winning children's and young adult fiction author Gordon Korman virtually visited Hans Herr Elementary School on Friday by Zoom as part of the school's author visit program.  

man holds a book titled "Linked" small boxes at the top of the screen show classes watching on Zoom.

Author Gordon Korman holds his 2021 book 'Linked' while discussing his writing process.

Award-winning children's and young adult fiction author Gordon Korman virtually visited Hans Herr Elementary School on Friday by Zoom as part of the school's author visit program.  

"Make writing a regular part of your life," Korman told students. "It doesn't matter what kind of writing; just do it every day. Don't wait for the moment to be perfect." 

He also advised students to ask "what if" to battle writers' block and to do plenty of research to complement their work. 

Korman's books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, mostly in the middle grades category for ages eight to 12 years old. He has written an astounding 99 books during his writing career, and #100 will be published this June. Korman told Hans Herr students that he wrote his first book at age 12 for an assignment in his seventh-grade English class and never stopped. That book - This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall – inspired a seven-book series and was later adapted for television. After learning about Korman during Library Instruction visits, his popular titles such as the Swindle series, Unteachables, and Restart flew off of the shelves at Hans Herr’s library during Book Exchange time. Students are already requesting that Korman’s latest titles Operation Do-Over and The Fort be added to the library collection next year.    

Korman told his story, gave writing advice, and answered many students' questions during the one-hour assembly. Students and teachers tuned in from their classrooms. 

Many thanks to Mr. Korman, to L-S elementary librarian Amanda Spealman for coordinating the visit, and to the Hans Herr PTO for their generosity in sponsoring this opportunity for students.