Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Schooled by Gordon Korman

Imagine a boy who has no clue what the world is like being suddenly transplanted into middle school--it seems like an instant recipe for disaster! Capricorn Anderson has been raised on a farm commune by his grandmother, Rain, who has homeschooled him up in a very idealistic hippie style. He has no experience with the current world or even most modern conveniences. However, when Rain has a serious accident, Cap is forced to attend the local middle school until she recovers. His weird, hippie clothing, bushy hair, and complete lack of street smarts make him an immediate shoe-in as the nerdiest kid in school, which earns him the title of class president. Far from being an honor, this position targets the recipient with the worst attention possible. Read Schooled to find out how Cap's story ends!

This is an excellent story that is quirky, tender, and downright hilarious. Although it might be likened to a male version of the book "Stargirl," I found "Schooled" to be even better. The change of first person narrative from Capricorn to various classmates and other characters was wonderful. Boys and girls both will enjoy this tale of an eccentric individual and the people whose lives he changes.

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