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*Starred Review* Homeschooled on an isolated "alternate farm commune" that has dwindled since the 1960s to 2 members, 13-year-old Cap has always lived with his grandmother, Rain. When she is hospitalized, Cap is taken in by a social worker and sentlike a lamb to slaughterto middle school. Smart and capable, innocent and inexperienced (he learned to drive on the farm, but he has never watched television), long-haired Cap soon becomes the butt of pranks. He reacts in unexpected ways and, in the end, elevates those around him to higher ground. From chapter to chapter, the first-person narrative shifts among certain characters: Cap, a social worker (who takes him into her home), her daughter (who resents his presence there), an A-list bully, a Z-list victim, a popular girl, the school principal, and a football player (who unintentionally decks Cap twice in one day). Korman capably manages the shifting points of view of characters who begin by scorning or resenting Cap and end up on his side. From the eye-catching jacket art to the scene in which Cap says good-bye to his 1,100 fellow students, individually and by name, this rewarding novel features an engaging main character and some memorable moments of comedy, tenderness, and reflection. Pair this with Jerry Spinelli's 2000 Stargirl (the sequel is reviewed in this issue) for a discussion of the stifling effects of conformity within school culture or just read it for the fun of it. Phelan, Carolyn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gordon Korman is one of the most popular young adult and middle grade authors writing today. He published his first book at the young age of fourteen and has been going strong ever since. A tireless self-promoter, Gordon is constantly traveling across the country to visit different schools. He and his wife, a teacher, live on Long Island with their three children.
This book is very true to what life is. You can't be couped up and then just set free or you are going to have a tough time fitting in. but You don't need experience to fit in.Published 10 days ago by XxbuzzkillxX
I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK! The feels man! This book is amazing, I love it so much. I read this for my summer reading, and I'm glad I chose this book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Alexa Reed
It was an ok book in my opinion that is just my opinion some people like it but it is about a hippie child in the real worldPublished 11 days ago by Laraine Rega
My son had to have this book for school. Im excited to get his thoughts on it. I'm reading it now.this is a good book for school aged kids. Read morePublished 12 days ago by raina smith
When I started reading this book my expectations were low, it was required summer reading and I expected an old book about hippies. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Archie Wilson III
Schooled was an amazing book that talks about real life situations and scenarios it really opens your eyes
I definitely recommend it for all ages 4grade+
To read this book because my 7th grade daughter was assigned it as a summer read and I thought it would be nice for us to be able to discuss it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by shewcj01
I absolutely love this book!!!! It is so fascinating! I am going to read this book again and again and again!!!Published 27 days ago by Op1087