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Schooled by Gordon Korman


Book Summary

Cap has never watched television, never handled money, and never had a friend his own age. When an accident takes him away from the farm commune where he has always been homeschooled, he is suddenly in the middle of eighth grade school politics. When he is nominated for class president as a joke, the other students begin to question the unwritten social rules that govern their school.

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Book Review

This story is told from a different point of view each chapter, so you get to see the world through Cap's eyes, as well as a football player, the school nerd, a cheerleader, the principal, Cap's foster sister, and others.  While some of the characters are rather predictable stereotypes, this book is an interesting starting point for discussions about cliques and the struggles people face when they are different from mainstream culture. 

Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Relationships
  • Conformity vs. Individualism
  • Inspirational People
  • Bullying; Peer Pressure
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Standing Up for What is Right

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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