Category: Book
By (author): Korman, Gordon
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / General (see also headings under Family)
Audience: young adult
Awards: Resource Links Best of the Year (2007) Commended
Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice) (2008) Winner
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (2009) Commended
Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice) (2010) Short-listed
Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2008) Commended
CLA Book of the Year Shortlist (2008) Short-listed
National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award (2008) Short-listed
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd
Published: August 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.74in x 5.01in
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From The Publisher*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.

Biographical NoteGordon Korman wrote his first novel at age 12 as a Grade 7 writing assignment. He submitted it to Scholastic Canada where it was published soon after as This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! Since then, he has written more than 40 novels for middle-grade and young adult readers including Son of the Mob, Born to Rock and the best-selling Island, Everest, and Dive series.