“Schooled” by Gordon Korman

27 Aug


"Schooled" is the story of Capricorn ("Cap") Anderson, a young teen who was raised in virtual isolation on the Garland Farm commune with only his grandmother, Rain. When Rain falls from a tree while picking plums, Cap's entire existence is radically changed. Because Rain will need at least two months of rehabilitation for her broken hip, Cap — for the first time in his life — must leave the commune, move to a house in town, interact with other teenagers, and attend a regular middle school. Mind you, Cap has never seen a television, computer, cell phone, or ipod. He has no idea how people use money, checks, and property. In fact, he can't even understand why someone would need a school locker!

Cap is placed at the suburban home of social worker Flora Donnelly and her beautiful, somewhat bratty high school age daughter, Sophie. Many years before, Flora's parents had been members of the commune, so Flora knows full well just how jarring it is to be thrown into modern life all at once. As for Sophie, she either ignores the "freakazoid" or, in her more evil moments, dumps water on him while he practices tai chi on the front lawn.

Unfortunately, Sophie's "freakazoid" label, while harsh, is also fairly accurate. To his new classmates at Claverage (nicknamed "C Average") Middle School, Cap might as well have landed from a different planet. With his tie-dyed shirts, hemp sandals, and long hippie hair, Cap is literally stuck in the 1960s. Even beyond his appearance, Cap's behavior — his desire to learn all 1100 students' names, his complete failure to get ruffled by bullies or teen pranks — is completely foreign. Unlike his peers, Cap literally sees only good in people, regardless of the situation.

Cap's classmates, including football jock Zach and popular girls Naomi and Lena, immediately size him up as an easy target. They conspire, successfully, to get Cap elected 8th grade class president, thinking the results of putting someone so clueless in charge will be hilarious. But what begins as a cruel joke eventually becomes a life-changing experience for both Cap and his peers. Slowly but surely, he wins them over with his simple innocence, generous spirit, and refusal to compromise himself.

This book's theme — an outsider teaching conformist teens the true meaning of individuality — reminded me of Jerry Spinelli's "Stargirl." But this book is so much more gentle and lighthearted in its tone. While author Gordon Korman is clearly trying to impart a lesson, he does so in a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable manner. I also liked the use of rotating narrators, which allows the reader to understand Cap's story from his perspective as well as those of his classmates, Flora, and even Sophie. The actions of a mean-spirited jock look awfully different when you see exactly why he's behaving the way he is.

I really liked this book. It's a quick read, and I found myself chuckling in delight quite a few times. And not to give anything away, but the ending is truly heartwarming. Plus, this is a completely clean book, with no harsh language or adult situations, so it'll be great for readers in grades five and up. I hope you like it, too!


The book "Schooled" was hysterical. I enjoyed it so much! The characters in the book were so unique. I loved reading this story.


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61 responses to ““Schooled” by Gordon Korman

  1. Anonymous

    January 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm


    hey i loved the book schooled and i will definitely read it again because it is so addicting. Our school read it 8th grade first then 6th grade. if the 8th grade loved it 7th and 6th will to. i think the author of this book should keep writing books similar to this one because i think it will be one of the better books out there. that is my suggestion, and just for a heads up i will let u know that i will tell my librarian that she needs to buy the books u have published and she will so if u want people to read the books…. it’s up to you so now is the time

    • mel1317

      January 21, 2009 at 6:55 pm

      Re: schooled?

      Thanks for sharing your comments! It’s great that one book can be enjoyed by so many different age groups. I recommend “Schooled” all the time to both boys and girls in middle school. I’ve found the book appeals equally to both groups, because there’s so much comedy and heart in the story. And great idea on talking to your librarian! We always like to get feedback from our tween and teen patrons … after all, you guys are the ones reading the books!

    • Anonymous

      November 19, 2009 at 1:35 am

      Re: schooled?

      Schooled is gooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!read it gordan korman rox

    • Anonymous

      November 30, 2009 at 11:32 pm

      Re: schooled?

      you are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
      right! this book is hilarious and the best school book about a hippy ever! i want to say thank-you to the people who forced me to read this book because it truly is a pleasure! thank-you again! i will read this book again and again and and again and again and again and again and again and again, until i am 80, by the way i am some what that age!

      • Anonymous

        November 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm

        this book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        this book is the best book everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can not wait till i read the rest of gordan kormans books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • mel1317

        December 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

        Re: this book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        So, in case I misunderstood, you’re saying it’s the best book ever? Hee! :p Thanks for sharing your view!

      • mel1317

        December 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

        Re: schooled?

        I’m sorry that it started out being forced on you — that’s never a great way to read — but I’m super glad you enjoyed the book so much in the end. Hope all your school books turn out so well!

  2. Anonymous

    February 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I absolutely loved the story. Cap Anderson was so brave, and he’s such an inspiration. This book was heart-warming and very funny throughout.

    • mel1317

      February 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      I’m glad you liked “Schooled” as much as I did. You’re exactly right, this book is funny, but it also has a nice message. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

  3. Anonymous

    July 14, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Schooled by Gordon Korman

    I just read this book cause i had to read it for a book report and really didn’t want to read it but actually it was pretty good. I might read it again if i have time

    • mel1317

      August 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      Re: Schooled by Gordon Korman

      That’s great … you got to finish your school work *and* read a cool book at the same time. Yay! Thanks for writing!

  4. mel1317

    August 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Re: Schooled:)

    Isn’t it great when things work out so well?! “Schooled” is a book I always recommend to middle schoolers, both boys and girls. It’s just a terrific, fun read. I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much! And thanks for your insightful and well-written comment. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    • Anonymous

      November 19, 2009 at 1:33 am

      Re: Schooled:)

      This year our teacher in Explorer M.S we had to do a read aloud and the book was schooled we had to explain the interdependence between the literary elements and the theme the story is just so moving we all learn a lesson even hugh, naomi, zach, cap,sophie, all the major characters……In life we dont see whjats right in front of us when we do we can change it….

      • mel1317

        December 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

        Re: Schooled:)

        Cool, thanks for the comment. Glad your teacher picked such a great book!

  5. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    i had to read a book for my 8th grade book report. My friend said schooled was a great book, so i read it and loved it. i love the characters, the plot and especially the books cover. again, I LOVE IT!

    • mel1317

      September 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm

      I guess there *is* some truth to judging a book by its cover! That’s terrific that you found a cool book, loved it, and finished your book report, all at once! Thanks for posting your opinion. Good luck in your school year!

      • Anonymous

        September 27, 2009 at 12:18 am


        I read the book because a friend recommended it to me, and then another. I also had to read an easy book to report about. I read a LOT, but the books that I read are usually over 500 pages and not easy to report about. It was a great book, definitely worth the time it took to read, I love the ending!I love all of Gordan Korman’s books, though!

  6. mel1317

    September 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Re: schooled?

    Hrm … wonder what you didn’t like about the ending. Did you maybe think it wasn’t realistic? Let us know if you get a chance. Thanks for the feedback!

  7. Anonymous

    September 29, 2009 at 11:27 pm


    i absolutly love this book best book of all time and thank you for putting the summary i had to do a book report and this helped me understand what to do I LOVE SCHOOLED!! 😀 look a bunny () () SO CUTE!!!

    • mel1317

      October 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm


      Glad the summary helped you out. I hope you did really well on the book report!

  8. mel1317

    October 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Re: comment

    Fair enough! Thanks for the comment.

  9. Anonymous

    October 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    i thought that schooled was a great book. what i liked about it most is the characters!!! they were vivid and amazing!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      October 31, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      i dont like reading books at all!!! but when i read schooled it changed my perspective because i reallly enjoyed it!

  10. Anonymous

    November 6, 2009 at 12:03 am


    i really liked it ending i nearly cried!!!!

    • mel1317

      December 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Re: RE

      Heh … the sign of a good book is making you feel something, right? So I guess it’s fair to say “Schooled” is a good book! Thanks for your comment.

  11. mel1317

    January 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Heh … well, I’m glad it helped. Thanks for sharing your comment on “Schooled.” Everyone seems to love it just as much as you did. Hope you got a good grade!

    • Anonymous

      February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      I KNOW!!!!!!

      This book is awesome. Cap is such a loser at first and is not in the least bit excepted in society but the ironic part of the book is that by the end of the book the situation has turned completely around!!!!!!!! Great book.

  12. Anonymous

    January 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Re: awesome book


  13. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 2:51 am


    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER! Can’t wait until I read all of Gordon Korman’s books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      March 31, 2010 at 3:00 am

      Re: Schooled

      worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt book ever

      • Anonymous

        August 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm

        Re: Schooled

        best book ever

  14. mel1317

    March 22, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Re: love it!!

    Yeah, I never thought of it that way. Thanks for the comment!

  15. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    this is the most aminziest book eveeeeeeeeeeer 😉

  16. Anonymous

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 am


    I loved this book! The book was so interesting.

  17. Anonymous

    August 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    More books

    Guys if you go to you can find a lot of cool book reviews

  18. Anonymous

    August 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm


    So as i was reading this book i found the first couple chapters interesting then it was slow and boring then it got interesting again. and i loved the ending!

    • mel1317

      September 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      Re: re

      Glad you stuck with it through the stretches that were boring for you!

  19. Anonymous

    September 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I loved the book Schooled. It was a very simple read. Although, some parts made me feel very melancholy. Other parts i found myself delightfully giggling. If you haven’t read this book, you really must!

  20. Anonymous

    September 14, 2010 at 3:32 am

    i really enjoyed this book

    i loved naomi and lena, they were my favorite characters! i also liked when cap did the tie-dying class, it inspired me to go out, and tie-dye one of my own shirts! i had to read this book for summer reading, and i loved it! i was surprised that my school would pick a book that so many kids (such as myself) would LOVE. even the kids that don’t usually read enjoyed it! and i really appreciate this review you wrote! it refreshed my memory for the test/quiz i’m taking soon. 🙂 thank you!!
    -an appreciative 7th grader!

    • mel1317

      September 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Re: i really enjoyed this book

      It’s SO MUCH BETTER to read a book you enjoy for summer reading than just some dry, boring novel that you have to force your way through. I’m so happy for you! And I’m glad the review helped you prepare for the book quiz. I hope you did really well! Thanks for writing!

      • Anonymous

        September 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm

        Re: i really enjoyed this book

        the best part is when he is talking at the cellphone and she tells him “hey,freakzoid,i heard youare moving in again”
        it is one of the best books i have ever read

  21. Anonymous

    September 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Re: schooled?

    why cuzz i havent read the book but people say it good:):S?!?

  22. Anonymous

    October 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

    dumb book reader!!

    this book sucks and is about a loser! he is a geek who meditates everyday at school!!!!

    • mel1317

      October 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Re: dumb book reader!!

      I respect your differing opinion. We certainly don’t all have to agree!

      I will say, however, that calling someone with an opposing point of view “dumb” is inappopriate. Dislike the idea, not the person! Secondly, while the main character of “Schooled” is initially viewed by his classmates as a “geek” and a “loser,” I think a lot of us love this book because we discover that Cap fits neither of those labels. Sometimes different can be cool, too. Maybe that idea can help people look at their classmates in a new way … and, hopefully, with a little more kindness.

      Thanks for the comment.

    • Anonymous

      November 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      Re: dumb book reader!!

      dude! go light on us! but feel free 2 express ur opinions, i guess. from random 5th grader

      • mel1317

        November 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

        Re: dumb book reader!!

        Great reply! You took the words right out of my mouth!

  23. Anonymous

    November 4, 2010 at 4:17 am

    This book is very good. I have read some other book from this author and i loved it so I read this one. Gordon Korman is my Favorite author now.

  24. Anonymous

    November 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm


    sweet review! it really gave me some ideas 4 a book report on schooled. mind if i use yours as a guide? im in 5th grade.

    • mel1317

      November 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      Re: sweet

      Of course you can use this review as a guide. The most important thing when writing your own book review is to make sure that the words and ideas are your own. If you stick to that guideline, you’ll be fine. Glad you liked the book. Thanks for commenting!

      • Anonymous

        November 9, 2010 at 2:06 am


        thanks for the advice. i did what you said and i got an A+!!!!

      • Anonymous

        August 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        Re: stupid

        dumbest book i will ever read it’s so stupid cause he’s a hippie

      • mel1317

        September 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        Re: stupid

        If this is the dumbest book you’ll ever read, then there’s smooth sailing for you ahead, my friend. 😉 Hope you enjoy all your next books much, much more. Thanks for writing!

  25. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    This was really helpful.How i have an i dea for a report i have to do

  26. mel1317

    January 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Re: schooled

    Yay! Glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to let us know. 🙂

  27. mel1317

    May 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Re: schooled

    Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing your comment … and for sharing your love of this book with lots of other people!

  28. mel1317

    May 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Wow … what a terrific review! I’m so impressed with your writing skills. What a great job!

    Yes, it is like Cap was transported via time machine to the present day. I never thought of it that way before, but you’re exactly right! And I’m so glad you mentioned the anti-bullying theme. That’s such an important issue and one that most us can relate to.

    Thanks again! Please feel free to comment on other books when you get a chance. We’d all love hearing from you!

  29. Anonymous

    November 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm


    Okay…I liek the book i meab its alright. Im only reading it 4 my schools 25 book campaighn but i keep falling asleep while reading it!! It kinda gets boring/confusing switching back and forth between names and all..but 4 the most part its aight!!

    • mel1317

      November 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Re: ZzZzZzZz…

      Hope you stuck with “Schooled” and ended up enjoying it in the end!

  30. mel1317

    August 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the comment!

  31. mel1317

    August 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Re: ma

    Ha … Cap does *meditate* a lot. Sorry it wasn’t for you. Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  32. mel1317

    October 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Re: Theme

    I’ll buy that! Thanks for the comment. 🙂


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