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Schooled
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Release Date
July 31, 2007
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0786856920
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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 guidance 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 of public school.

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A Great Pick By Landon
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Reader reviewed by Landon

     Schooled is about a boy named Capircorn Anderson.He lives on a farm with his grandmother named rain.One day rain feel out of the tree when she was picking plums.Than he drives her to the hospital but the police stops him and arrest him for driving under age.then rain has to go to rehab to get back on her feet and he has to move in with this woman called Mrs.Donely and has to go to a real school.He has aways been homschooled if you want to find out how his life goes from there ur going to have to read the story it is a great story I like it a lot and if u dnt belive me than ask anybody.        


      This book is so good  because it has a lot of detail  about what he does  after rain has to go to the hospital .He finds out how hard and violent a public school is but gets a lot of  friend s and everybody starts to love him know im not the type that reads book, But this one is truly great.

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Funny
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Reader reviewed by AB

Schooled made me laugh.
It was really cute.
The story was about a hippie boy named Capricorn Anderson whose grandmother falls out of a tree tyring to pick fruit.
Capricon attends the school, but nobody seems to like him very much.
As time goes by the kids at "C" Average Middle School
( this is what the kids call the school)
start to admire Capricorn Anderson and his hippie ways.
 Not only is the book funny but it also talks about what hippies believed and what they thought was wrong with the world. So it also has some intersting facts in the books also.
I won't spoil the ending but it is a really cute and funny book.

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Schooled by Paul Langan
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Reader reviewed by Dassah

Grene realtic fiction. Do you like emotional books? While this book has alot of it. It makes you cry, because  it a teenage just like us and it can happen in your life to day or tomorrow. little in site: There's no backing down for Lionel Shephard. With a dream of joining the NBA, all he wants to do at Bulford High is play basketball. But everyone's trying is a waste of time; his teachers don't know he can barely read and threaten to fail him; and his dropout friend Jamar wants him to quit school. unsure where to turn, Lionel must make a choice. Will he pursue his dream- or get caught in a nightmare?
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A Little Weird, but definately Cute!
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Reader reviewed by Kyra

(Cap)ricorn Anderson just doesn't fit in. Not that he is trying to. He lived in a hippie communtiy with his grandma Rain. When Rain hurts her hip, Cap is sent off to foster care until his grandma gets better. 
But living in a sheltered hippie communtiy is not an advantage for Cap. He has never tasted pizza, or watched television, or even held a dollar bill. School is also ackward, having not been around a lot of kids. Cap's faster family has a 16 year old daughter, Sophie, who hates Cap with his long blonde hair and tie-dye shirts. But, Cap knows that Sophie's anger is taken out on him probably because her dad is here one minute, gone the next. To top this all off, as a class joke Cap has been voted school president. But suddenly things turn in Cap's favor, and he just might be the best president the school has ever had.
I thought this book was a little weird. Maybe it was because Korman made his main character a hippie, who to me, was just a bit odd. But something that kept me going on reading it was that Cap was incessantly sweet. When he got checks for the school dance, he helped charities, and Sophie. He was just the sweetest guy who didn't notice that he was being picked on. Another thing was that the character were so real- Korman didn't tone down Sophie's anger. When she was mad, ever action that she made you could tell that she was definately, without a doubt mad. 
So this book was okay, but I have liked some books more than this. The ending though, was kinda everything I hoped for, and I'm glad it turned out the way it did.
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Perfect Read for a Priveledged Campus!
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Reader reviewed by SheBow

I can't wait to share this book with my 7th graders.  I teach at a campus where the majority of the students are very priveledged and very clickish.  I have seen new students come in and not be "accepted" because they don't fit the mainstream "look."  I don't know if this book will cause a revolution but I definitely think it will give them something to think about!
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Not the greatest...
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Reader reviewed by mearley

Schooled is the story of Capricorn Anderson, a teenager who grew up on a Hippie compound run by his grandmother, Rain.  He's never met anyone his own age and he's been sheltered from the "evils" of the outside world.  When Rain is seriously injured and taken to the hospital, Cap ends up living with a social worker and attending the local middle school.  Cap knows nothing about the social structure of school, and is totally unprepared for the cruel jokes played on him.  However, his social ineptness ends up working in his favor, and before long the entire student hierarchy is turned upside-down.

I think reluctant readers will be drawn to this because of the very short chapters and the differing viewpoints.  However, the average 8th grader will not have enough background knowledge to understand the Hippie philosophy that Cap has grown up with.  (Unfortunately, they will probably most identify with the bully, Zach.)  Also, some of the pop culture references are dated even though the book is only a few years old: The students play a tape instead of a CD or ipod at their school gathering, and Tom Cruise is mentioned as the hot actor of the day.  (Trust me, today's 8th graders are not interested in Tom Cruise at all!)

Reprinted here with author's permission.


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underbelly of a noble profession
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Reader reviewed by c-alexis

First off, what really got me interested in this book was its title and cover. I was really curious as to how a shopping bag with the word "Schooled" on it could possibly be a book about teaching. But after reading the summary, I was hooked for sure. I am an undergrad student, currently in the Faculty of Education, and to read a book about an interesting private school education, it was truly inspiring and invoked a lot of questions I have for myself now.
I have to say though, that I generally don't like to read bad reviews about a book before I even get a chance to read it, because then you never know if that review is stuck at the back of your mind, and influencing your own thoughts. Or in my case, it just pointed out things to me as I was reading it, and still, I like to generally come to conclusions on my own. (Unless there's so many bad reviews about a certain book out there, then obviously I don't bother even reading it.) In this case, I had read a review about how "Schooled" was just a name-dropper and had no substance. Well, I beg to differ. Sure there was a lot of name dropping, but surely, that was the author's intention. It is the seduction of all those brand names that Anna is hooked on, and even as a reader myself, I could feel that want and need of a better living condition and style. As for the substance, well I guess it depends on your point of view. Personally, I gained perspective on teaching. I don't think I'm naive enough like Anna to walk into my first classroom and think that I will inspire and change my students' lives. I think something like that takes time and patience, and you can't go in with unrealistic feelings. As for Anna, readers can see her character, her flaws and her assets. She wants the better things in life, but we also see that her desire to teach wins out in the end. With her students, though they seem shallow throughout, the fears and insecurities are shown when near the end, her student shows that he is dependent on the lifestyle in which he is brought up in.

I don't think that I can say whether this book has really changed my own perspective of teaching as my own profession. I personally just feel that I wouldn't really want to teach at a private school one day, but that feeling has always been kind of there. Anyways, whether you are interested in teaching or not, I think it's an insightful book about our jobs that we choose and need to make a living. It's a "go-get-em'" book for those who want to fulfill a dream that may not give them that great of an income. It's a book about how we might fall off our path, but as long as we make our way back to it, then things can turn around.

Reprinted here with author's permission.
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amusing
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Reader reviewed by Sara Zoe

This book can't help but raise comparisons to Stargirl, but unfortunately the comparisons leave Schooled at a loss. You've got the same sort of free spirit, home schooled kid that changes the hearts and minds of a school full of kids and let's them see the beauty of individuality yada yada yada. Truth be told, Schooled is simply not as good as Stargirl, though it is cute and fun and amusing.
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Laugh out loud funny
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Reader reviewed by Mrs. H

Cap grew up in the perfect world. There was no television, no violence, no one except his grandmother, Rain. They lived on a farm tucked away from the rest of the world.

When Rain falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap must go live with a foster family until Rain is healed. Cap has to go to middle school. Imagine if you have never even watched a television show and then you are plopped down in a middle school. Cap has no idea what is going on and it makes for some hilarious situations.

At C Average Middle School, the tradition is for the 8th grade class to elect the dorkiest kid to be class president. Of course, they want to get Cap elected.

How will Cap handle the every day life as a middle school student? How will Cap handle the relationships from other students, the family he is living with? Will his grandmother ever get better so he can get out of here?

This is a laugh-out-loud funny book. Anyone and everyone would enjoy such a good read.
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Okay
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Reader reviewed by mlecompt

Cap lives on a commune, but it's just him and his grandmother Rain left to run it. When Rain breaks her hip, Cap must live with an ex-commune member and her daughter while she recuperates and he gets his first real taste of life outside the commune. He goes to public school for the first time and seems destined to be an outcast, but his sixties attitudes start to sway his classmates from tormenting him to admiring him.

This book was okay. It reads really fast, and Cap's interactions with the daughter are interesting and seem real, but much of the book rang false. I found it hard to believe that an entire middle school would accept someone like Cap. Also, Rain's personality does a total 180 at the end of the book. I would recommend other Korman books over this one (especially No More Dead Dogs and Son of the Mob).
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