Middle school can be difficult enough even if you're a normal kid, but when you arrive there from being homeschooled on a farm commune by your hippie grandmother, you are pretty much doomed. Thus Cap Anderson finds himself an oddity (never ate a pizza or watched TV and has no idea what a locker is for and why would you lock it?) and the dream target of middle school bullies. While his fellow students play one trick after another on him, he continues to believe the best in everyone, and gradually, this niceness gets noticed and admired so much so that Cap becomes the one everyone wants to be like. This is a refreshingly humorous look at the trials of middle school and the triumphs of the beliefs of the 60's can still ring true in the jaded 21st century.
Recommended by Betsy Schroeder