Schooled By: Gordon Korman
Cap has never felt so alone and strange in his whole life! He has lived his whole life on a farm commune with his grandmother Rain. But when his grandmother Rain breaks her hip, he is forced to live with a counselor and attend REAL middle school as an eight grader. This is a whole new world for him! It is one where he is totally confused and out of his element, and like all middle schools the kids there know it and are counting on it to have some fun. Cap is elected the class president, and he is given the challenge to learn every students name, which they think is funny when he actually tries to do it. Cap also lives with Sophie, who he thinks is beautiful, but she hates him. She goes out of her way to make him feel uncomfortable, but in the end he is so kind to her. When the football captain finally does something terrible to Cap and then he mysteriously disappears, the middle schoolers finally think that maybe they took things to far.
I really liked this book. One of my students did their book report on it and I was very intrigued. I think that the storyline was brilliant, a kid who has never seen the real world and is thrown into today's middle school! YIKES! I thought that the way the story was told from the perspective of the different characters made the book even better, because you understood what was happening in the lives of all the characters. The innocence of Cap, was nice to read and painful at the same time. I highly recommend this book to any reader about fifth grade to eighth grade.
I borrowed this from the public library.