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Publisher's Summary

Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state.

Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mold is E.D., a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake.

Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze...but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?

©2003 Stephanie S. Tolan (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Robert Sean Leonard misses not a beat as he rolls along with this free-flowing family. Even as the crises reach a crescendo, Leonard's characterizations add dimension to the production. Don't miss this recording!" (AudioFile)

"Clever, clever. Tolan has pulled off something special here." (Booklist

"Laugh-out-loud novel.... Running beneath the narrative that gently pokes fun at everything from sculpture to TV documentaries, though, is also the story of a boy allowing himself to belong and begin to discover his own potential." (School Library Journal

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  • JMD
  • East Coast, USA
  • 02-08-17

One Major Flaw

If you're teaching this along with the print novel, be aware that the chapters of the book to not match with chapters in the audiobook. This audiobook is divided into 8 chapters, but there are 30 chapters in the book. I had to manually save a bookmark at the end of every chapter to make it work for our in-class readings. Quite a pain and a waste of time! Otherwise, the reader is good, and the story is solid.

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Ok story buy slow monotonous reader

story was good but the performance was quite slow and monotone. would have liked a more dynamic reading.

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Excellent! This is our most replayed audio book

Any additional comments?

My12 year old girls and I think this book was excellent. The story is excellent as is the narrator. We have all listened to this numerous times (daughter says more like a gazillion). In fact when looking for new audio books for a recent road trip we all agreed that if we could just find another book as good as this one we'd all be happy.

We can't wait until her next book is on audible! Yippie!!!!

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Great

I enjoyed this book. It is a fast read and moves easily.
Brett

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It was amazing

I loved it I thought that the narrator was very very good and I absolutely recommend it

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Love this book

A fun look at at an alternative family and the young man throw into it one we have listened to multiple times

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  • Robin
  • Claremore, OK, USA
  • 05-08-10

Surviving the Apple Whites

VEry borig! The person reading the the book is a very boring reader. I used it for my classroom and students could not stand it. I do not recommend purchasing it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful