Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

Born to RockLeo Caraway is a straight-A, (as in grades) Type A, (as in hyper-organized) kind of guy, so his Young Republican world is completely rocked when he accidently discovers that his biological dad is none other than King Maggot, the lead singer of the famous punk band Purge. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Leo has just lost his financial ride to Harvard, and is looking for a way to score some hard cash for school. It occurs to him that his newly discovered millionaire dad might be willing to part with some change if Leo can get close enough to give King’s heart (and purse) strings a little tug. So that’s how Leo finds himself spending his summer vacation on the road with Purge, slinging speakers and moving microphone stands, while trying to show King Maggot a little father/son love. But just when Leo is about to hit up King for his tuition, the paternity test results that King ordered at the beginning of the summer come back and both Leo and King are in for another big surprise. Hilarious, and sporting a fabulous cover, Born to Rock is a great story about family, punk music, and discovering your true, bad ass self.

5 thoughts on “Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

  1. This book looks beyond hysterical! I absolutley loved “No More Dead Dogs” and I am so excited to read “Born to Rock”. I also just wanted to say that I really, really like this website because it has helped me select books for my library; I am a Youth Services Library Aide and it’s nice to have another resource to help me with the teen collection development!

    Great job and keep up the good work!


  2. I’m so glad you like the site, Deborah. Please spread the Reading Rants word and get your teens reading and posting as well–I’d love to hear from them!

    Thanks for commenting and thanks for loving RR.

  3. This is an amazing and funny book. Korman is LOL with this book.
    Jen, Thanks for this site. I have recommended it to my students and I have been reading YAL exclusively for 4 years, since I started (with the help of our school librarian) YAL classes for our students. I was the only resource they had and now I can send them here…. keep up the great work.

  4. Well, the rest of your life is a long time–I hope you can use Reading Rants to find something else to read that you enjoy just as much:)

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