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Schooled by Gordon Korman


by Gordon Korman

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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 |
A truly hilarious book of stereotypes. I really did enjoy the book. It was very funny, but the homeschooler was extremely stereotyped. Stereotyped beyond the normal stereotypes. Very, very few homeschoolers actually behave like that, and if this book is a person's first introduction with the concept of homeschooling, than it's possible that they will pick up the stereotypes and force them on the next homeschooler they meet.

Watch this video, and this one if you were drawn into the stereotypes contained in this book. ( )
  NicoleSch | Jun 1, 2016 |
With regard to multiculturalism, I chose to read/review this book because it addresses the idea of being different and adapting to life in a foreign environment without calling out/to a specific (or familiar) demographic, allowing it to be accessible across the board. This book allows for the SEL conversations to be enriched as groups talk about judgment, cliques, perspective, being new, not fitting in, and appreciating others and having tolerance. I have small groups reading this book now and each one is loving it. I can see this being a great book for reluctant readers. The best element of this book is that the way situations and reactions are detailed and depicted allow for laugh out loud moments, and strong mental imagery. ( )
  AKcensorfree | Feb 27, 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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