SchooledBook - 2007
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.
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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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