9.04.2010

Schooled by Gordon Kormon

Capricorn Anderson had never watched a television show before. He'd never tasted a pizza. He had never even heard of a wedgie. And he had never, in his wildest dreams, thought of living anywhere but Garland Farm commune with 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 by Rain, the only person he knew in the world. Life was simple for Cap. But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums and is hospital-ridden, he has to attend the local middle school and live with his new guidance counselor and her irritable daughter. While Cap knew a lot about Zen Buddhism, no amount formal education could ready him for the trials and tribulations of public middle school.

Cap doesn't exactly fit in at Claverage Middle School (dubbed C Average by the kids). He has long, ungroomed hair, wears hemp clothes, and practices Tai Chi out on the lawn. His weirdness basically makes him biggest nerd in school. This is great news for Zach Powers, big man on campus. He can't wait to instate the age-old tradition in C-Average School: The biggest nerd is nominated for class president--and wins. So when Cap becomes president, he is more puzzled than ever. But as Cap begins to take on his duties, the joke starts to turn on Zach.

Will Cap turn out to be the greatest President in the history of C-Average School? Or the biggest punchline?

Page Count: 208
First Thoughts: The title made me kind of curious, so I read the front inside cover and I actually liked it so I decided to check it out. Something about a hippie kid attending school after being homeschooled since birth. This should be good.
Setting: The front of the book started when he got arrested, if I'm not mistaken at the hospital. The Claverage School, also the Donnelly's house and even at a police station once.
Characters: The characters were pretty real, I could absolutely picture them and all the things they were doing from tai chi to tie-dying shirts, shorts, underwear etc. My favorites were definitely Capricorn Anderson, Naomi Erlanger, and Darryl Pennyfield.
Writing Style: Pretty unique and I've never stumbled over anything in the whole book.
Cover: Pretty original with a bus with tie-dye windows and the peace sign in the back, its not bad but I'm not that interested.
Plot: Once I read the inside cover of it, I suddenly knew I was gonna like it. It was very well-written, about a hippie kid from the 67s who suddenly appear in this century where there is lockers and checks. This book will not let you down.
Dislikes: As I said, I was not a big fan of the cover but everything else rocked.
Final Thoughts: I am so glad I read it, and I would read it again if I time to.
Setting: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Characters: ♥ ♥ ♥
Writing: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Cover: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Plot: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Recommend it? I would definitely go buy it and give it a try, hurry up and go get it stop staring at the screen.

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