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Schooled

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  16,991 ratings  ·  2,023 reviews
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 nev ...more
Published (first published February 29th 2000)
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tami
Apr 10, 2008 tami rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, teens
I loved this book! This boy, Cap (short for Capricorn) has all the perfect ideals we all think we have, but really don't, and he remains true to himself despite being the weirdest and most tortured kid in school. It's dramatic, and unrealistic, but has kind of awakened the hippie in me! I think I'll tye-dye shirts this week with the kids...
Monica!
Okay, everyone! Time to put on our Suspending Disbelief hats!

Because if you’re going to read and enjoy Schooled, you have to play a little bit of pretend.



Not that Suspending Disbelief is a bad thing—I probably should do it more, instead of being a such a cynical bitch in my book reviews.

But I had to work at this one.

So here we have Capricorn Anderson.

He was raised and educated in an abandoned commune by the only other resident—his hippie grandmother—far from televisions and money and processed
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Kathryn
Jan 20, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Tyler
Shelves: middle-grade
4.5 STARS

I probably would never have picked this book up on my own. I have a bit of trepidation with books about homeschool--so far, I haven't been that comfortable with how homeschoolers are portrayed in various forms of media--and this one, with thirteen year old Capricorn Anderson being raised alone in a farm commune by his hippie grandmother, Rain, sounded like another book about some off-the-wall family that didn't represent at all what homeschool is like for most of us. But, my husband rea
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Vanessa
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Boyd
This is one of the more enjoyable books I've read in a while, and it's one I think Jr. High kids will love. I hope I can sell it to my secondary kids, becaues it's definitely worth reading and provides a great platform to discuss bullying, cruelty, cliques, and stereotyping. The only problem is that the narrative is centered on younger kids, so they may feel like it's too immature for them.

The only disturbing thing I found in the book was its heavy reliance on stereotypes: the cowardly nerd who
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Venkat Satya
I love this book! it is an awesome book about a hippie named Capricorn(or Cap) who is homeschooled by his grandma, Rain.It has self love, respect for self and other, family values, thinking of others, looking deeper than the surface, and never giving up.I had never read any of Gordon Korman's books until now, and I look forward to some more excellent and creative works that reflect how people effect each other. This book will appeal to both boys and girls, I think.Great book!
Domi103
Gordan Korman has brilliantly brought to life an unlikely hero in this book about a young man who enters school for the first time in his life. He has been raised by his grandmother, a leftover hippi with definite ideas about right and wrong, and homeschooled on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. He brings the story to life by engaging opposites characters to throw life into a pendulum of good/bad outcomes. I thought the story was charming, touching and thought-provoking. He is a "stargi...more G ...more
Jonathan Da-silva
No matter where your from,or who you are,always stay true to yourself. People will like you for who you are on the inside. Schooled is a book about a teenage boy named Capricorn Anderson who doesn't know very much about the outside world. He lives with his grandmother hundreds of miles away from the nearest city! But when his granny has a little mishap and he has to live in the city and go to a local public school,he is gonna have to face the real world and the new things from it. How will he la ...more
Michelle
Mar 23, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages ten and up
Capricorn has had a sheltered childhood growing up on an isolated old farm commune with his hippie grandmother. When she is injured and cannot care for him for two months he is forced to enter the real world and attend middle school in town. At first all the kids treat "Cap" terribly because he is so different. He is easily confused by the strange, foreign environment of middle school! His innocent, kind and peace-loving nature help him to acclimate and eventually even win the kids over. It was ...more
Luke c
Schooled
Schooled is a very good book for people that just transferred a new school because of any reason. But just to have a heads up the book starts off with a different person every chapter so you get every ones perspective. This book is about a kid named Capricorn Anderson also known as cap. He lives with his grandma in community for hippies. One day his grandma falls out of a tree and brakes her back, so cap has to go and live with someone else and go to school until his grandma gets well.
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Shannah Abringe
This has been one interesting book to read. Its very unique. I love how each chapter someone speaks whats on their mind, not just one person saying the whole book. Although it kept me confused at times but overall it was a pretty good book. Capri Anderson has been homeschooled ever since he was 13 until his grandma Rain falls out the tree. He is currently staying with Mrs. Donelly and her daughter Sophie. He has never been to a public school so it might be a little awkward for him. Now he has en ...more
Ashley
4.5 STARS

What a satisfying, fun, heartwarming, fun read.

And yes, I did say fun twice, mind you.

This book is neither fast paced nor too slow paced for it's genre; it's just right; easy to understand. Like I said - fun.

This book is full of cute, funny moments supplied by Cap Anderson's utter and complete confusion and naivety. A real page-turner without the need of being too attached to the book as it is short and a standalone. I found myself at times yelling at the book, trying to advice Capricor
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Kaylin
This was an amazing book about a kid who was stuck in the 80's and comes to reality when he leaves Garland farm and goes to middle school.
CH13_Meghan Schultz
I truly enjoy reading Korman's books, especially titles such as: "No More Dead Dogs," "Swindle," "Son of the Mob," and "Born to Rock." "Schooled" was just as excellent and definitely fit the bill of a 5-star Gordon Korman book!

"Schooled" introduces readers to an extremely sheltered 13-year-old boy, Cap. When the story begins, Cap and his grandmother, Rain, live on an isolated farm commune where they live an alternate lifestyle. Cap is not sent to school, he does not watch TV, and he definitely
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Jessica
I love Gordon Korman. This book is a true, extreme fish-out-of-water tale of Capricorn Anderson, raised on a commune by his hippie grandmother, where he is homeschooled and, really, indoctrinated. When Rain (his grandmother) is injured, Cap spends six weeks at a publich middle school, where he is immediately elected class president-- a dubious honor always given to the biggest loser. But as Cap, who has never used a phone or handled money before in his life, struggles to learn the ropes, the peo ...more
Hanah Volokh
I loved this book even though it wasn't what I was looking for.

I was looking for books with realistically-written modern homeschooled characters, and this one was recommended to me. Unfortunately, Capricorn Anderson is not a realistic modern homeschooler at all. This book takes the stereotype of homeschoolers as weirdo hippies and puts it on steroids. This kid has grown up on an abandoned commune with only his grandmother and no friends his own age at all, and he understands nothing about the mo
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Miranda Potratz
“Schooled” by Gordon Korman was very fun to read. It is about a homeschooled boy named Capricorn Anderson who is now forced to go to public school. He grew up on a farm commune with hippies his whole life. His grandma, Rain, is in the hospital and that leaves Capricorn alone. He has to live with the guidance counselor from school until his grandmother gets better. Cap gets elected class president as a traditional joke for the new kid at school. He wins over the students at first but then all com ...more
Kathy


A cute and funny story. Really well written. Each chapter is told from different characters' viewpoints. The main character, Cap (short for Capricorn), has been raised in isolation on a commune with his grandmother, a '60s hippies. When she breaks her hip and has to go to a hospital for 6 weeks, Cap has to go into foster care and attend public middle school. He is a target for bullies, but he perseveres and becomes the most popular kid at school because of his honesty and unique outlook on life.
Hank Fisher
Facing the real world is scary. Capricorn Anderdon finds that out when his grandmother, Rain, falls out of a tree and is in the hospital. He has to stay with a guidance counselor and her cranky teenage daughter, and attend a public school for eight weeks. Cap will face relentless spitballs, teasing, and torture from the school's most popular kid, Zach Powers and his friends. Can Cap survive middle school, or will he prevail.

I liked this book because Cap never let anything that happened to him g
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Frida S
Schooled by Gordon Korman is about a 13 year old boy who knows nothing about the outside world. Capricorn Anderson, or better known as Cap, was raised his whole life at Garland Farms because his parents had died when he was little and he needed to live forevermore with his grandmother. There had been more people at Garland, but they had all left after a while and now it was just Rain {his grandmother} and Cap. They were getting along just fine until Rain fell out of a tree while picking plums a ...more
Vicky
Cap Anderson is from a hippie place. He hasn't done many things that average people have done average people like eat pizza or gone to a party etc.. When his grandma falls and breaks her back things change for Cap. Cap becomes school president and has to organize a dance. By the end of the school year Cap becomes the most popular kid in the school.

I picked up this book because Bianca Chen was reading one day and she told me about it and I said " Oooo I want to read that!"

I decided to finish t
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Julie
I liked this book because it was a quick read. I also liked that each chapter came from another character's perspective. That style brought all of the characters, good and bad, into the reader's sympathy and perspective.
Christina
I read this book in about 2 hours today----it was a fascinating read, even if it did seem a bit contrived. The story of a tremendously sheltered, yet highly educated, homeschooled boy who is suddenly thrust into the complex social politics of 8th grade made for a very fun read. I HAD to know what happens to Capricorn Anderson. There is much to love about this book and I think it is a great middle-school read for kids to discuss with their peers. I loved the different points of view and think the ...more
Brian A
Schooled by Gordon Korman is about a boy Capricorn (Cap) Anderson, a Hippie as some people might call him. When his grandmother Rain Gets injured and must go into rehab he must go to real school and learn new non-hippie things such as take test, learn things, watch television, and other things. Cap has to get friends and survive being bullied and getting wedgies. He has many things to learn and many things to forget. Can Cap survive and learn how to become like a real person.
I think this book is
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Dawn
Basically, I agree with everything you said, mom, so it would be pointless to write my own review. So instead, I'm going to put a few of my favorite quotes here.


'I dropped the mike to the flatbed, raised both arms to the heavens, and howled, "Cap! You were too young to die!"'

'Rain always recommended meditation for stress and confusion. But if you meditate in front of your locker, someone might steal your sandals while your eyes are closed.'

'Surprisingly, Mr. Kasigi seemed to be kind of going alo
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Magnus
A 13 year old homeschooled hippie named Capricorn Anderson wanted to live a happy life on a farm named Garnvill with his grandmother Rain. But one day when Rain was climbing a tree to get plumbs, she fell off and broke a rib. So Cap had to drive Rain into town so she could get medical treatment. Then Cap could not go back home anymore and needed a place to stay in town. Some people volunteered to take him in and they took him to school as well. Will Cap make it though school? "Schooled" Is about ...more
Emily
Why I picked it up: On next year’s middle school battle of the books list and was a contender for the annual collaborative book discussion at the middle school.

Cap (short for Capricorn) Anderson has lived his entire life on a commune with pretty much just his grandmother for company. When Rain (grandma) falls while picking fruit and has a lengthy hospital stay, he ends up staying with a social worker and going to the public middle school. The school has a tradition of nominating and electing a c
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Olivia
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Lea
Ok, first off I'm a home schooled, so I was immediately mistrustful of this book. But Gordon Korman is one of favorite authors, so I gave it a try. It was insulting. It played off of every stereotype of homeschoolers! That we're social misfits who don't know anything and are really freaks who need to conform to the social standards and just go to school. Excuse me?
The main character of the book is Cap, who is a hippy who's been raised on a farm, homeschooled by his grandma, and has never watched
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Samantha
Capricorn "Cap" Anderson has grown up in a hippie commune, population 2. The commune was started by his grandmother, who had a vision of people living off the land, supporting each other, and not becoming obsessed with material things. Now only Cap and his grandmother remain, until his grandmother falls out a tree and breaks her leg. This accident puts her in the hospital, and thrusts Cap into middle school as an eighth grader at "C-average" Middle School. He's never been to a real school, never ...more
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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"I did," I volenteered.
"Well?"
"Buttwipe wanted to know what jerkface was looking at." I turned turned eyes on the bloody and dirt-smeared brawlers. "You were barely 3-inches apart. Couldn't you see that you were both looking at each other?"
The teacher's face reddened. "Who do you think you are? Jerry Seinfeld?"
"You must be confused with another student," I told him. "My name is Capricorn Anderson.”
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