Schooled by Gordon Korman
Capricorn Anderson and his grandmother, Rain, are the last residents of Garland Community, a commune begun in the 1960s. When Rain winds up in the hospital, home-schooled Cap must attend public middle school for the first time. His ignorance of technology and pop culture makes him an easy target for potential bullies, but his unconventional attitudes and abilities win him friends. I particularly like the shifting point of view as various characters take turns telling the story.
Gordon Korman wrote his first book at age twelve; It was published two years later. Many of the dozens of novels he’s produced since then are well-liked middle school reads.
Look for Schooled in our fall display of stories dealing with bullying/differences/acceptance, along with The Revealers, Bystander, The Girls, Secret Identity, The Truth About Truman School, and others.