Thursday, April 16, 2009
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Capricorn and his grandmother are the only two people still living on a hippie commune. When his grandmother falls out of a tree and has to stay in the hospital for a while Cap has to go to school for the first time in his life. The other 8th graders sense that Cap is not like them and immediately get to work on trying to pick on him as much as possible. Among other things they elect him class president as a joke and tell them that he must hold weekly press conferences and learn the names of everyone in school. Trusting Cap gets to work on these tasks while still being his old self. He teaches everyone how to tie dye and practices his Tai Chi on the front lawn. As he slowly wins over other students the biggest bully searches for a way to embarass Cap once and for all.