Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Schooled, by Gordon Korman

Schooled, by Gordon Korman. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

Capricorn Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or been to school. He has lived on a farm commune since he was little, homeschooled by his hippie grandma, Rain. But when Rain falls out of a tree and breaks her hip, Cap must attend the local middle school. His long hair and tie-dyed clothes, along with his laid-back attitude, draw the ridicule of his classmates. He is elected as the 8th grade class president as a joke--will he be the best president in school history, or the biggest punchline?

Korman excels at portraying middle schoolers as they really are, but also interpreting their behaviors with warmth and compassion. As the reader follows the changes Cap brings to the school, it's interesting to see how just one person can make a difference.

More reviews can be found at Amazon.com. The author's official website is www.gordonkorman.com, where he also blogs.


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