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A middle-grade comedy about an extremely sheltered home-schooled hippie who gets a crash course in modern school politics when he suddenly has to attend public school.

Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television. He's never tasted a pizza. Never heard of a wedgie. Since he was little, his only experience has been living on a farm commune and being home-schooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums and has to stay in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and her cranky teen daughter and attend the local middle school.

While Cap knows a lot about tie-dying and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school. Right from the beginning, Cap's weirdness makes him a moving target at Claverage Middle School (dubbed C-Average by the students). He has long, ungroomed hair; wears hemp clothes; and practises tai chi on the lawn. Once Zack Powers, big man on campus, spots Cap, he can't wait to introduce him to the age-old tradition at C-Average: the biggest nerd is nominated for class president-and wins.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2007.
ISBN: 9780545993210
Characteristics: 236 p. ;,20 cm.


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Aug 12, 2019

It's a cute book and has a lot of deep meanings behind some of the plot twists. It really is a great book for free time

VaughanPLDianeB Apr 17, 2019

When you get past the name calling banter amongst the grade 8 characters featured in this story, it's a really humorous, humanistic story of accepting differences. I like how Korman told the story from the different characters' points of view -- I thought that was a good message in and of itself. If each of us could put ourselves in each other's shoes, how much better could the world be?

Jan 28, 2019

This book was such a great read!! I picked it up as a free time read but ended up finishing it faster then you can say pecan pie. Gordon Korman is such a great author with great insite on the world, along with that he has a heart full of wounder that we all serch for time and time again.

May 03, 2018

Hilarious! I will definetly read it again. This book had me laughing out loud.

Jan 06, 2018

Capricorn Anderson is forced to move to C average middle school when his grandma breaks a leg. then, he has to face bullies like Zach powers & Darryl. then, again he gets elected C average middle school president. what will he do? this book is hilarious & normal. you can never suspect that this is not newspaper.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Cap has spent his whole life being home schooled by his hippie grandmother on a farm. When an unforeseeable event forces Cap to enroll in a neighbourhood public school, Cap’s unusual style and actions make him a target for bullying. Ages 6-12.

Jul 02, 2015

This is a great book! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light, positive and hilarious read. It is not too realistic, but it is just plain silly how unaware of the outside world Cap is. I think this book is best for ages 10-14.

Golden_leopard127 Jun 22, 2015

Best book ever! Very interesting plot and character development. Good for ages 9 to 99!

Nov 02, 2014

great book! the day I finished it, I went out and bought it.

Aug 28, 2014

This book was great.

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mirashah Feb 04, 2012

Capricorn "Cap" Anderson has lived on Garland Farm outside San Francisco, California with his hippie grandmother, Rain, all his life. One day, Rain falls out of a plum tree and breaks her hip, putting her in the hospital. Cap is put into public school under the care of a child services worker and her beautiful daughter while she is recovering. He does not fit in at Claverage Middle School (dubbed C Average by the students), because he is a vegetarian Buddhist, listens to 60's music, wears tie-dyed clothing, has long, unkempt hair, and practices T'ai chi on the lawn. Cap is only able to make one friend, Hugh, the former biggest nerd in school. Cap's arrival is great news for Zach Powers, the big man on campus. His plan is to follow the C Average tradition and elect the biggest nerd (Cap) as the eighth grade president. When Cap becomes president, he is more puzzled than ever, as he has no idea how to work with money, and Zach often leads him to fake student council meetings in nonexistent rooms. Zach encourages all of his friends and fellow students to make life difficult for Cap, doing anything they can to upset, make fun of, or confuse him. But as Cap begins to understand the outside world, the joke starts to turn on Zach.



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