Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan


E.D. Applewhite is the only non-artist in a family and extended family of extreme artists. Together they live in a country inn turned artist compound and 'creative academy.' When Jake Semple, juvenile delinquent and school burner, is invited to join the creative academy, E.D. is sure she wants out of her family. However, soon her father's local production of The Sound of Music is threatened and all the skills of the Applewhite Creative Academy are required to save the day.

In the process, E.D. learns she has some valuable abilities that can help her artist family. Jake learns he might not be as bad as he thought, and everyone learns to work together. This is a marvelous story of creative genius, eccentricity and teamwork. It celebrates the beauty of hard work and individuality with some wonderfully heartwarming and real characters. I recommend it as a great family read aloud or one for all different ages to enjoy on their own.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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