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Schooled

by Gordon Korman

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Here is a book for the boy reader who needs a little humor, an admirable male character and a good wholesome happy ending. Capricorn Anderson is forced from his off-the-grid childhood into the "real" world. Learning to negotiate relationships, school and most human foibles, Cap bounces back most of the time to leave his adversaries wide-eyed and slack jawed when things don't go as they normally should. This book is for any tween that fits in the lower rungs of their middle school hierarchy. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 13, 2014 |
Capricorn Anderson is thirteen years old, but he’s never watched television, eaten pizza, or gone to school. Raised and homeschooled on an abandoned commune by his grandmother, Rain, Cap is completely isolated from his peers and modern culture. When Rain falls out of a plum tree and is faced with a lengthy hospital stay, Cap is thrown into a new world. He is forced to live with a family and worst of all, attend Claverage Middle School, also known as C Average.

Navigating middle school is hard enough, but Cap faces more challenges than the average outcast. When the bullies at C Average Middle see Cap for the first time, they know they have found the perfect victim, and take their game to a new degree of mean. Cap’s good nature and ignorance of middle school social mores frustrate the bullies and only increase their desire to make him crack. The plan: vote Cap in as eighth grade class president and turn his life into a daily nightmare.

Cap is an endearing, refreshing character who treats everyone, including the bullies, with a kindness they find hard to comprehend. Schooled is a warm-hearted, entertaining story that is laugh-out-loud funny. With a combination of comedy, seriousness, and light-hearted fun, Gordon Korman shows insight into the world of bullying from the point of view of the victim, the bullies, and the bystanders, through this memorable tale.
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  KristinaMiranda | Oct 26, 2013 |
Capricorn Anderson knows exactly 1 person- his grandmother "Rain" who is his caretaker, teacher and everything else on the farm, a leftover commune from the 1960s. When she falls and breaks her hip, Cap is taken to stay with a social worker and her daughter and enrolled in Middle School. With his long, frizzy hair, tie-dye shirts and hemp sandals, Cap is immediately the butt of jokes and the intended victim of bullies and nominated to be the 8th grade president (A.K.A.-Nerd of the Year prize). Somehow, though, with Cap's complete naivity, courage to do the right thing and hard work, the feelings of the other students get turned until all 1100 are on his side. Humor, narratives from different characters and an interesting look back at an era of peace, freedom and wanting to make the world a better place all come together in this book about the"freakazoid" that ends up winning everybody's heart. This is a short read, only 118 pages, that is best suited for grades 6-9 but even adults will enjoy it. ( )
1 vote sgrame | Jun 18, 2013 |
Capricorn Anderson, homeschooled by his grandmother on their commune, enrolls in the local middle school with unexpected and humorous.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
Korman brings up more serious issues in this book but still has his characteristic humor ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies.
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Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.… (more)

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