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Capricorn Anderson had never watched a television showbefore. He'd never tasted a pizza. He had never evenheard of a wedgie. And he had never, in his wildest dreams, thought of living anywhere but Garland Farm communewith his hippie caretaker, Rain.
Capricorn (Cap for short) had lived every day of his life on Garland Farm growing fruits and vegetables. He was homeschooled b...more
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Published August 26th 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published February 29th 2000)
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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...
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...more
Jan 20, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Tyler
Shelves: middle-grade

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...more
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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...more
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!
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
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
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...more
Luke c
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....more
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
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
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

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....more
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...more
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.
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...more
Prairie Star
Capricorn “Cap” Anderson is a one of a kind, not to be believed kind of kid who has lived his life in large part in complete isolation with his hippie grandmother Rain on the grounds of a once thriving commune. Cap and Rain are now the solitary members of the former commune. San has never had pizza, never played video games, never watched television, never even used money. He is quite content with his life on the commune but when his grandmother breaks her hip, his life is thrown into tumult. Wh...more
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...more
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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
This is the first book by Gordon Korman that I've read, and I liked it. I liked the character of Capricorn and I liked the unusual circumstances of his story. I liked the premise of the fish-out-of-water setup with a boy raised on a hippie commune is suddenly dropped into a modern middle school and has to figure it out.

It occurred to me that this story is for young people, but all the references to the hippie commune lifestyle and the '60s and the whole hippie thing is probably so outside their...more
I chose this book, because my friend Colin recommended it to me, he said it was a witty, and creative book, so I should read it. I'm glad I took his advice, because I really enjoyed, "Schooled." This book is about a boy named,"Capicorn", but everyone calls him,"Cap." Cap lives at a place called Garland Farm, which is basically a farm far fetched from society. Cap gets home schooled by his grandmother, Rain, until Rain injures herself, Cap then goes to live with an ex member of Garland Farm, Mr....more
Ms. McCall
For this book to be categorized as “realistic fiction” baffles me a little bit. The plot follows Capricorn Anderson who, raised and homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, doesn’t understand the culture or the social cues at his temporary middle school. We get the perspectives of at least six students and two adults, each chapter told by a different person. This exposes the readers to each student’s inner feelings about Cap, and how they shift over a two-month span. Children may enjoy Cap’s inn...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
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...more
Emanuel Najera
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The reason why I chose this book is the genre is comedy and I like to read comedy. The setting for this book starts at Cap's grandmother's farm. His grandmother was picking peaches in the tree, but fell out and ended up in the hospital. Cap was not allowed to stay home alone, so he was sent to live in the city with relatives. It was his first time in a large city, so everything was new to him. He also had to go to a large school. Before this, Cap was homeschooled by his grandmother.
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