Applewhites at Wit's End (Hardcover)
Great changes occur when the creative, eccentric Applewhite family opens a summer camp for gifted children. (9-12)
— From Humor
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.
“The Applewhites remain humorous, heartwarming and devoted to their respective crafts and each other.”
“Props to Tolan for keeping the plates spinning and attempting what so few authors for young readers do: switching points of view. A fun time was had by all.”
“The endearing family of freewheeling artists from Surviving the Applewhites returns for an encore that is cleverly plotted, emotionally satisfying, and highly entertaining. Tolan handles the large cast of characters with élan. Themes of creativity, individuality, and cooperation are explored as the roller-coaster plot unfolds and humorous moments abound.”
-School Library Journal
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES“Tolan has pulled off something special here.”
-Booklist (starred review)
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES:“This has terrific booktalk and read-aloud potential, and will help fill the need for humorous contemporary fiction.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES:“Humor abounds in the ever-building chaos.”
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES: “The novel is pure fun.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES:“Reminiscent of the loud, loving, eccentric family in Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You, the Applewhites are brilliantly talented and wildly adverse to mainstream mentality.”
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES:“An engaging, satisfying, and entertaining romp.”