Schooled – Gordon Korman

schooled

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 sent—like a lamb to slaughter—to 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.

I was surprised by how much I liked this book.  Cap (short for Capricorn) is a really nice and sweet character with his own sense of right and wrong.  He is smart and defiant, working to change the system when he feels it doesn’t work.  This is a fun and thoughtful book.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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