Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
(Newbery Honor Book)

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Will anyone take on Jake Semple?

Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state.

Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mold is E.D.—a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake.

Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze . . . but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?

 

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 www.stephanietolan.com.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by HarperCollins. 236 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. 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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When a boy is kicked out of yet another school, the Applewhites, an eccentric family of artists, offer to let him live with them and attend their unstructured Creative Academy.

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When Jake Semple is kicked out of yet another school, the Applewhites, an eccentric family of artists, offer to let him live with them and attend their unstructured Creative Academy.

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and Jake serve as two more grounded lenses through which to view the creative commotion of the family, but the real fun occurs as they each gradually lose their objectivity and get sucked into the whirlwind on their own terms.

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