Applewhites at Wit's End
By Stephanie S. Tolan
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060579388, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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Jake Semple and E.D. Applewhite are back, this time facing a financial meltdown E.D.'s father has called "the end of the world!" Famously creative Randolph Applewhite hatches a plan to save the family from poverty and starvation: They will turn the sixteen acres of their family compound, Wit's End, into Eureka!, a summer camp for creative children. The plan will demand the all-out efforts of the whole family, including Jake, who has managed to survive his first year in their home school. The whole thing seems like a good idea . . .
. . . untilin the midst of the ordinary chaos of temperamental artists; talented, intense, headstrong campers; a dead possum; and rampaging goatsanonymous, threatening notes begin mysteriously appearing in the Applewhites' roadside mailbox. Can E.D., Jake, and the Eureka! campers prevent a head-on collision with disaster?
In this hilarious, masterful sequel to Stephanie S. Tolan's Newbery Honor Book, Surviving the Applewhites, the Applewhite family returns, more outrageous than ever.
Stephanie S. Tolan is the author of more than twenty-five books for young readers, including Listen!, which won the Christopher Award and the Henry Bergh ASPCA Award. Her New York Times bestselling novel Surviving the Applewhites received a Newbery Honor and was named a Smithsonian Notable Children's Book, a School Library Journal Best Book for Children, an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Tolan lives on a little lake in a big woods in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband (Bob), two dogs (Coyotethe real dog from Listen!and Samantha), one cat (Puck), two fish, and plenty of outdoor creatures.
“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.”