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Born To Rock

by Gordon Korman

Scholastic Canada Ltd | January 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Born To Rock is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
Leo Caraway — high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student — had his entire future perfectly planned out. That was, until the X factor. As in Marion X. McMurphy, aka King Maggot, the lead singer of Purge, the most popular, most destructive band punk rock has ever seen. He's also Leo's biological father.

When Leo discovers that his real father is a punk rock legend, he is disgusted. Not only is Leo not a punk rock fan, but he believes the X factor (the Maggot blood that is running through his veins) is a dangerous time bomb just waiting to explode.

And sure enough, it does — Leo stubbornly defends the unlikeliest of people, thereby getting himself falsely accused of cheating on a test. Because of the blemish on his record, the once star pupil finds his scholarship to Harvard taken away. So he hatches the crazy plan of going on tour with King Maggot for Purge's summer revival tour, all the while secretly hoping to convince Maggot to pay for his tuition.

But life on the road is even crazier than Leo ever bargained for, and before the summer is out, he will finally discover the surprising truth about his dad, his friends, and most important, himself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.75 × 5.14 × 0.55 in

Published: January 1, 2007

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439937167

ISBN - 13: 9780439937160

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Born To Rock by Gordon Korman http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/06/born-to-rock-by-gordon-korman.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, But Not Memorable Pretty decent story, though a lot of it was quite predictable. Korman's a great writer, though, and he's got a fantastic sense of humour.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! As a huge Gordon Korman fan I was shocked when I started the book I had a hard time believing that the this was the same Korman that wrote the Bruno and Boots series however as the story unfolds there is the classic humor that he is known for. I loved the book but i wouldn't recommend it for the younger readers with a higher reading level. The subject is good for a 13 year old but not for a 10 year old at that reading level....
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A life discovered Although this book is not yet available to the general public I received an advance reading copy and could not put it down if my life depended on it. Which it did. This book is the compelling story of a straight edge Young Republican who discovers the truth of his true paternity in his best friends essay on none other than punk rock. The revelation catapults him to create a relationship with the one half of his DNA that could provide him with the one thing he needed: money. Along the way he discovers his real father, the person who is his best friend and begins to understand that life can truly be unpredicatable. I absolutely loved this book. Not only because I found myself totally enraptured but because there are so many unforseen revelations along the way. It also really makes you think about the path that others think you should take and the one that is blazened on one's heart.
Date published: 2006-01-19

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Born To Rock

by Gordon Korman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.75 × 5.14 × 0.55 in

Published: January 1, 2007

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439937167

ISBN - 13: 9780439937160

From the Publisher

Leo Caraway — high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student — had his entire future perfectly planned out. That was, until the X factor. As in Marion X. McMurphy, aka King Maggot, the lead singer of Purge, the most popular, most destructive band punk rock has ever seen. He's also Leo's biological father.

When Leo discovers that his real father is a punk rock legend, he is disgusted. Not only is Leo not a punk rock fan, but he believes the X factor (the Maggot blood that is running through his veins) is a dangerous time bomb just waiting to explode.

And sure enough, it does — Leo stubbornly defends the unlikeliest of people, thereby getting himself falsely accused of cheating on a test. Because of the blemish on his record, the once star pupil finds his scholarship to Harvard taken away. So he hatches the crazy plan of going on tour with King Maggot for Purge's summer revival tour, all the while secretly hoping to convince Maggot to pay for his tuition.

But life on the road is even crazier than Leo ever bargained for, and before the summer is out, he will finally discover the surprising truth about his dad, his friends, and most important, himself.

About the Author

GORDON KORMAN has written many books for middle-grade and young adult readers, including the phenomenally successful Island, Everest and Dive trilogies and, of course, the ever-popular Macdonald Hall series. His recent YA hits include Son of the Mob and Son of the Mob 2: Hollywood Hustle, as well as Jake, Reinvented, a retelling of The Great Gatsby set in a suburban high school. His latest adventure series, On the Run, is about a fugitive brother and sister seeking to clear their parents' name.

Appropriate for ages: 12