Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Schooled by Gordon Korman


Cap (that's short for Capricorn) was raised on a commune, homeschooled by his grandmother (a leftover hippie named Rain) and hasn't had much contact with the outside world. Then Rain has an accident and Cap--tie-dye, cornhusk sandals, long hair and all--is thrown into a public school while she recovers. The result? Classic Korman, hysterically funny with deep reflective and poignant moments mixed in. For making me laugh and making me cry, it gets an enthusiastic YAY and a "Please write more, Mr. Korman!" from me.

8 Comments:

At November 27, 2007 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Karrie said...

An enthusiastic YAY from me as well! Cap is such a lovable throwback to another time, and this was such a feel-good book. My only concern was the ending -- I thought his grandmother's part in it was completely unrealistic. But I still really enjoyed it overall.

 
At November 27, 2007 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Iris said...

Yay for me too, I loved it! And the ending is pure Korman, he loves to wrap it up with that sort of twist.

 
At November 27, 2007 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I agree with everyone else. Yay!

 
At December 10, 2007 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! YAY for me!

 
At December 31, 2007 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Mary R said...

Yay for me also.

 
At January 2, 2008 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

Although it is on the younger YA side, I think it will have very broad appeal. He must date Stargirl! I loved everything about this book and the different narrations were great. The audio version was superb! Yay a thousand times over! This must be a top 20, top 10!

 
At January 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Ms. Zandra said...

I really wanted to read this one since everyone raved about it so much. I wasn't that awed. I mean it was good, but it didn't affect me that strongly. I did not like the ending. It's hard to believe that the hippie grandma in the end would buy a Mercedes, dress stylishly and use a cell phone so quickly. Anyway, it was a quick read and has both male and female appeal. I would definitely recommend it to some of my teens. NAY

 
At January 20, 2008 at 2:22 PM , Blogger kathy said...

I enjoyed Schooled and would recommend it - the audio was great. Two things had a bit of dissonance for me - Mrs. Donnelly didn't know Cap was the 8th grade president until she talked to the vice-principal - even though Cap lives at her house. As a social worker, I would think she would have talked to him a bit more...

Also, it seemed too far a stretch that Rain would purchase a Mercedes, but more importantly not even talk to Cap about the decision to sell. What happened to Cap having a full vote? He wasn't even consulted or asked.

Otherwise, it's a fun book, deals with bullying. I like to think Cap preserves some of his non-violence training/philosophy and continues to be such a positive influence on those around him.

MAYBE for top 20.

 

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