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Schooled

by Gordon Korman

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Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television. He's never tasted a pizza. Never heard of a wedgie. Since he was little, his only experience has been living on a farm commune and being home-schooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums and has to stay in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and her cranky teen daughter and attend the local middle school.

While Cap knows a lot about tie-dying and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school. Right from the beginning, Cap's weirdness makes him a moving target at Claverage Middle School (dubbed C-Average by the students). He has long, ungroomed hair; wears hemp clothes; and practises tai chi on the lawn. Once Zack Powers, big man on campus, spots Cap, he can't wait to introduce him to the age-old tradition at C-Average: the biggest nerd is nominated for class president-and wins.

About the Author

Gordon Korman published his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than ninety middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling Ungifted, Supergifted, The Unteachables, Pop, Schooled, and the Masterminds series. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.

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Contributor Notes

GORDON KORMAN wrote his first novel at age 12 as a Grade 7 writing assignment. He submitted it to Scholastic Canada where it was published soon after as This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! Since then, he has written more than 40 novels for middle-grade and young adult readers including Son of the Mob, Born to Rock and the best-selling Island, Everest, and Dive series.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 100
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Reader's Choice)
  • Commended, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children
  • Winner, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice)
  • Short-listed, IODE Violet Downy Book Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, Resource Links Best of the Year

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Schooled

In the past decade, Gordon Korman – creator of the Macdonald Hall series – has also written sports books, adventure books and even a homage to The Great Gatsby. In Schooled, however, he very successfully returns to the classic Korman humour of I Want to Go Home and Losing Joe’s Place.

Thirteen-year-old Cap Anderson (short for Capricorn) is one of the two remaining residents of a 1960s commune, where he lives with his grandmother Rain, isolated from modern commerce, technology and people. But when Rain breaks her hip, Cap is taken under the wing of a social service worker and sent to Claverage Middle School.

As the new kid and the hippie (when faced with a locker, he is bewildered and says, “When we lock things away, we’re really imprisoning ourselves.”), Cap is immediately the butt of jokes and the chosen victim. The Claverage students soon elect him Grade 8 president – a job usually given to the perceived loser.

What saves Cap is his utter naivete and openness, which prevents him from recognizing much of the sarcasm and meanness of his peers and allows him to be utterly and refreshingly honest with them. As well, Cap has abilities denied to other kids (he’s been driving a truck since he was eight) and the innocence to defy adult rules (since he has no idea most of them exist). Both make him increasingly intriguing to the other kids, at the same time as Cap begins to find excitement in the world outside Garland Farm.

This is vintage Korman with adept observation of the world of middle school, a well-plotted story and lots of humour.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2008. Vol.31 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Schooled

Moving to a new school isn’t easy when you've been home-schooled in a commune all your life. In this city mouse/country mouse tale, country mouse wears tie-dyed t-shirts and cornhusk sandals and saves a suburban middle school from rampant cynicism.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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