Applewhites at Wit's End (Hardcover)
HarperCollins, 9780060579388, 272pp.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
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 the Author
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 Editor’s Choice, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Tolan has left her home by the small lake in a big woods of North Carolina and now lives in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York with a view of the Catskills Mountains and the prospect of wintertime cross country skiing. You can visit her online at www.stephanietolan.com.
Praise For Applewhites at Wit's End…
— Kirkus Reviews
“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.”
— Publishers Weekly
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.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Praise for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES: “An engaging, satisfying, and entertaining romp.”