Monday, April 27, 2009


by Gordon Korman

Capricorn Anderson is not your normal teenager. He's never used a cell phone, never IM'd his friends, never tapped the keys on a computer, and never watched television. He wears tie-dye shirts and woven sandals. He believes in non-violence and the sacredness of all life. He is one of the last two people to live on a "hippie" commune run by his grandmother, Rain. The only person he's ever known is Rain and the only life he's ever known is there.

When Rain injures herself during one of her homeschooling lessons for Cap, his world turns upside-down. He's forced to live with a former member of the commune and her daughter (who makes him feel things he's never felt before). He's forced to attend middle school (where he's immediately elected class president). And he's forced to catch up to the world that left his little commune behind (whether he likes it or not).

Can Cap figure out where he fits in the world and still be true to himself? Or will he continue to be ridiculed, laughed at, and have water dumped on him while he does tai-chi on the front lawn?

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