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Schooled by Gordon Korman


by Gordon Korman

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Capricorn has been raised on a commune, by his grandmother, Rain. He has no experience in the “real world”, but when Rain is injured and needs time to heal, Cap is taken in by a social worker and has to go to the local middle school. Cap, the new kid, is nothing like anyone’s ever seen before… this weird hippie kid, who doesn’t understand the first thing about middle school or kids his own age. Because of this, he’s an easy target to pick on.

This was really good. Meant for a younger audience, it’s pretty simple and quick to read, but a good story. I have mixed feelings about the end of the book, but overall, I really enjoyed it. ( )
  LibraryCin | Apr 2, 2017 |
Capricorn Anderson has lived with and been homeschooled by his grandmother his entire life. When his grandmother is injured and must be hospitalized for a couple months, Capricorn is shoved into a foreign world called middle school. Unbeknownst to him, he quickly becomes a target of the school’s most popular student and #1 bully, Zach Powers. Cap is constantly met with new challenges and experiences, all the while wishing he was back on the farm with his grandma.

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Korman works early to paint a picture of how out of place Capricorn is in his new environment. He adds a humorous twist in the way Cap takes everything literally and is unphased by attempts to make him look bad. By switching narrators with each new chapter, we get multiple views of the story’s progression.

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This story would serve as a great lead-in to a lesson on tolerance. Students could also do a writing piece on what it would be like to live in a commune like the one Capricorn grew up in, imagining life without many of our modern conveniences. ( )
  smoel14 | Mar 8, 2017 |
Capricorn Anderson was raised and homeschooled on a commune with one other person: his grandmother, Rain, a leftover hippie from the 60's. After Rain fell and broke her hip and had to go to rehab, Cap was placed in foster care with a social worker who had also lived in this commune when she was a child. This book traces Cap's experience as he goes to a real middle school for the first time, eats a school lunch for the first time, watches TV for the first time, and tries to understand the various interactions of teenagers. This is an extremely engaging book. Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character in the book--Cap, the school "nerd", the school bully, popular girls, the social worker, and the social worker's 16 year old daughter. This book makes the students think about how they judge their peers, what they value and how their actions affect others. This is a great read aloud and springboard for discussion! I recommend it for grade 5. ( )
  RLeiphart | Feb 7, 2017 |
I love this book! It shows how being different can be difficult but also how it can change those around you. Capricorn, or Cap, is 13 years old and suddenly finds himself in public school after his hippy grandmother is injured. As in any middle school, there is struggle to fit in, find yourself, bullies, and friendship.
  Jennifer LeGault | Dec 3, 2016 |
I loved it! It was really funny. It was about a boy who was raised like a hippy/was home schooled and then had to go to school. He misunderstood everything. It kind of showed how the world to day is way different than hoe it could've been. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
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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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