Applewhites at Wit's End (Hardcover)

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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.

Praise For…

“The Applewhites remain humorous, heartwarming and devoted to their respective crafts and each other.”

“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.”

Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES “Tolan has pulled off something special here.”

Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES: “This has terrific booktalk and read-aloud potential, and will help fill the need for humorous contemporary fiction.”

Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES: “Humor abounds in the ever-building chaos.”

Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES: “The novel is pure fun.”

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.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060579388
ISBN-10: 0060579382
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Applewhites

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