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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  26,488 ratings  ·  2,895 reviews
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a school counselor 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 ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Tami Lowe
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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... ...more
Nov 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I feel a teeny bit irritated with this book. As a former homeschooler, I put up with far too many people assuming my education resembled Cap's to read about someone portraying exactly that kind of homeschooling with any equanimity.
Let's be clear, yo. I did have friends. I did use books. I did use a computer. I did not have goats. And yes, I did do school in my PJs. And with quarantine, I still do.
So, please, stop portraying homeschoolers as a bunch of weirdos!
But I get it in this boo
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Literally the stupidest douchiest characters I've ever read. All these people deserve to die. I remembered this book from my middle school library and I wanted to remember what the plot was. The story is depressing and stupid at the same time. I feel so horrible after reading this. It's so repulsive.

So the theme is that this kid Cap has been raised alone by his grandma for 13 years in this cult-like society secluded from civilization. Well it's not really a cult anymore because it's just Cap a
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
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
For some reason I suddenly remembered this book and how much I liked it back in middle school. So, here's a rating from 2009 Aila. :P ...more
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
Jonathan Da-silva
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Luke c
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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 w
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Venkat Satya
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
So my teacher read this aloud.
At the beginning, it was kinda boring. Everyone felt like falling asleep. Then, it actually got quite a bit better! Especially when Cap was driving the bus, that's when the fun started!
Pretty great, I would definitely reccomend.
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little implausible, a little earnest... but so much fun and so insightful (in a tween sort of way), too! Of course Zach actually should be named Donald. And Mr. Kasigi is a slow learner, and it's strange that none of the state-mandated home-school lessons gave Capricorn any clues about finance or school.

"When you're yelling at somebody, you're attacking yourself more than whoever it is you're yelling at."

I think maybe one of the reasons that I liked this is because Cap is kinda like an alien,
Jayden A
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book it has different perspectives and it is kinda like wonder
Elle (ellexamines)
This is one of the funniest, most heartfelt books I have ever read, and I read it at age ten.

Schooled follows a boy named Cap who moves from his peaceful life as a hippie to public school.

I loved the life lessons presented here. This is a book about being yourself despite the thoughts of those around you. It’s a book about how many people will like you if you act like yourself, but not necessarilly all. It’s a book about the good in people.

The multiple points of view really helped this book.
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this with the 6th grade book group. I really enjoyed it and instead of breaking it up into 4 separate weeks to discuss just read in the first sitting. Shhh!!!
Sheila Beaumont
I enjoyed this full-cast audiobook reading, after having read the print edition about a year ago.

Capricorn Anderson has been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain, who seems to still be living back in the '60s, on a commune whose population has dwindled down to just the two of them. When Rain is injured, Cap must attend a public middle school, but he is not remotely prepared for life in the 21st century, as he has never seen a TV or a cell phone. In fact, there is no telephone at all on t
Sheila Beaumont
Capricorn Anderson has been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain, who seems to still be living back in the '60s, on a commune whose population has dwindled down to just the two of them. When Rain is injured, Cap must attend a public middle school, but he is not remotely prepared for life in the 21st century, as he has never seen a TV or a cell phone. In fact, there is no telephone at all on the commune. And he has never handled money.

Cap is definitely a fish out of water in a hostile env
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this book was super cute, i read it in one sitting,, although there were so many different characters taking roles in the book but i wasn't lost, because the writing was so straightforward which i tend to appreciate more now.
Cap was awesome, I'm not ashamed to say that i've learnt a lot from a 13 year old fictional character about how to stay true to yourself no matter what and how to balance between your mind, body and soul
And above all how to be kind to others.
I still have mixed feelings ab
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Capricorn Anderson was a homeschooled hippie teenager living with his grandmother... Until she had to take a long surgery. The result? He would have to go to a public school filled with kids trying to torment him.Of course, on the other hand, Cap Anderson is actually a pretty smart kid... Read this hilarious book filled with friends, bullies, mistakes, and more! Although this book is a tad bit unrealistic, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Personally, I would recommend this book to kids ages ten through ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-book-club

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
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...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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