King Dork

Version: Unabridged
Author: Frank Portman
Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: April 2006
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 10 minutes
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Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom discovers his deceased father's copy of the Salinger classic, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it all looks like it's just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well unravel the puzzle of his father's death and-oddly-reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls.
Being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing-but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.

Reviews (3)

A Little Long...

Written by Dogfish from Hartland, VT on March 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I normally read YA fiction written from the perspective of a young woman, so it was interesting to read a book from a young man's point of view. It was a pretty good book, though my one complaint would be that it was a bit long. I thought the book was surely going to end after the 9th CD, but it did not--there was a whole 10th one to go that was and endless epilogue and glossary. If you like music and dreaming up band names and a (sort of) coming of age story for boys this is for you.

I had no idea...

Written by Karen on April 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I listened to this book because I am a fan of the authors band. They have fun, funny songs, so I expected as much from a book. I was not dissapointed. I LOVED it. Then imagine my surprize when I went to buy the book and discloverd it's a young adult novel! The mystery was crisp and fresh and the attitude, very adult in nature. Don;t let the fact that it's apparently supposed to be for the younger set put you off. You would never know.

You Must Read This !

Written by Joyce in Idaho on December 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you are a teenager or ever were a teenager, this is a must read for you. Frank Portman takes us through high school as a dorky teenager views it. I'm not a boy and not a teenager, but it was wonderful. I laughed a couple of times so hard I had to turn off the tape to compose myself. If you liked the ending and it made you feel good, don't listen to the glossary and then the interview with Portman on the last disc, it ruins the good feeling.

Author Details

Author Details

Portman, Frank

Frank Portman (a.k.a. Dr. Frank) is the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the influential East Bay punk band the Mr. T. Experience (MTX). MTX has released about a dozen albums since forming in the mid 1980s. "Andromeda Klein "is Frank's second book for young readers. You can visit him online at

"From the Hardcover edition."