Thursday, March 26, 2009

Schooled by Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman was one of my very first favorite authors. Sometime late in elementary school, I discovered his Bruno and Boots boarding school adventure series, and I was hooked. His classic comedy-of-errors A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag remains on my best-books-to-read-again list, and amazingly, he has continued to write excellent books for middle school readers ever since he was a teenager.
I happened upon one of his new releases - Schooled - as a full cast audiobook from Recorded Books and I really enjoyed it.
The premise is straightforward enough - Capricorn Anderson has been raised on a hippie commune by his grandmother. Over the years, everyone has left the commune and returned to the real world, except for Cap and his Grandma. When she breaks her leg, Cap is sent to live with a social worker and attend public school for a few months until she has completed rehab and can return to their community. Cap has never seen television, never held money, and has been raised to believe in peace, justice, fairness and selfless sharing of resources. The school lockers are a mystery, the school bullies are confusing, and the school lunches are disgusting. Within a week of his arrival, he's been elected 8th grade class president as a joke, and then things get really crazy. Cap's gentle hippie outlook is strange to the 21st century teenagers, but who will really get schooled?
I listened to it - 5 hours


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