Schooled Author:Gordon Korman Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television. He's never tasted a pizza. Never even heard of a wedgie. Since he was little, his only experience has been living on a farm commune and being homeschooled 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... more » 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-dyeing 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 practices tai chi out on the lawn. Once Zach 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 gets nominated to run for class president . . . and wins.
Will Cap turn out to be the greatest president in the history of C Average? Or the biggest punch line?« less
Good story about accepting others' differences, but it is more suited for middle school than upper elementary. I bought this for 4th graders, and it was way above their level. The narrator changes throughout the story, and the beginning of each chapter tells you who is narrating, but at times it was even hard for me as an adult to keep track of who was telling the story.