Monday, June 25, 2012

Applewhites at Wit's End

Applewhites at Wit's End

By Stephanie S. Tolan

Harper, 2012. 253 pgs. Middle Grade/Teen fiction


The crazy Applewhite family, full of artists and originals (except for E.D., the responsible, organized, non-creative daughter), is in danger of losing their home, Wit's End, a former travel lodge turned home/personal studio for each family member. To prevent the financial crisis, E.D.'s father comes up with the idea to have a creative summer camp, with each family member, along with Jake, the former teen rebel who was placed at their home school after being kicked out everywhere else, teaching workshops and helping campers develop their inner artist. While the Applewhites band together and jump in, it might not be enough, as they soon find themselves dealing with cranky campers, threatening notes in the mailbox, and a government inspector roving the property. Will they be able to keep their home?


Although this is the sequel to Surviving the Applewhites, I think you could get the gist of the story without having read the first book. The Applewhites are funny and readers will want to join in the scheming as they try to save their home and learn to appreciate each other a little more. A good choice for tweens.

4 stars. Clean read.

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