Applewhites at Wit's End by Stephanie S. Tolan

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Jack Semple and E.D. Applewhite are back, in this middle-grade sequel to Stephanie S. Tolan’s Newbery Honor Book Surviving the Applewhites.

Teenager E.D., the not so artistic, not at all eccentric member of the unconventional Applewhite clan, can't believe the plan her father has hatched to save the family from financial disaster. He’s decided to transform their rural North Carolina farm into a summer camp for creative children.

Soon the farm is packed with temperamental artists, out-of-control campers, and an even more out-of-control goat. It's all a little too much for structure-loving E.D., even before threatening notes begin appearing in the family mailbox. Together with Jake Semple--the boy who survived his first year in the Applewhites' home school—she's determined to save the camp and the family from disaster.

Like Carl Hiassan’s Chomp, Applewhites at Wit's End combines outrageous humor and the frustrations and joys of being part of a family.


About Stephanie S. Tolan

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Stephanie S. Tolan is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel and New York Times bestseller Surviving the Applewhites. She has written more than twenty-five books for young readers, including the novel Listen!, which won the Christopher Award and the Henry Bergh ASPCA Award. She and her husband live in Charlotte, NC. You can visit her online at
Published May 8, 2012 by HarperCollins. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though they enjoy the luxury of pursuing their aspirations in the Applewhite’s comfortable home and modernized school, they are blinded by the Applewhite fame, taking E.D.’s skills for granted until the conflict of promoting Jake’s education and producing a well-known play sweeps everyone into a ...

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In Newbery Honor–winning Surviving the Applewhites (2002), Jake Semple, the big-city “bad kid,” didn’t know how he’d manage a year with that irrepressible clan.

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With all their diverse talents, they have no doubt they can run workshops to keep a dozen young people busy for eight weeks and restore enough of the family fortune to keep Wit’s End.

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summer camp, readers may learn that it takes a cooperative effort to run a camp or put on a show, but The Applewhites at Wit's End is meant mostly meant to entertain.

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