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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie S. Tolan Narrator: Robert Sean Leonar Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Applewhites Series Release Date:
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Will anyone take on Jake Semple?

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?
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Quotes & Awards

  • “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!” 


  • “Tolan has pulled off something special here.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] laugh-out-loud novel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This is a fun, quick read…The Applewhites and their wacky exploits are engaging, the story moves swiftly, and Jake’s gradual transformation from unhappy bad boy to eager participant in the play and in Applewhite family life is credible and satisfying…An entertaining romp.”  


  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 5/20/2011

    " Had to read it for English about a year ago. Was really surprised at how good it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Meat | 5/7/2011

    " This book was interesting. Very good with its gere.....which is realistic fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Catherine | 5/3/2011

    " This book, for me, was a 2 and a half star book. It was a cute story. I think many of my students would enjoy it. It seemed very superficial to me. I didn't really care about the characters. Everyone seemed odd and detached from one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becca | 4/28/2011

    " A great chapter book for good readers. I could see using this book as a read-aloud to a 4th or 5th grade class. It deals with family, rebellion, and humor. It is heartwarming and shows children that there are other chaotic families out there, and they may be able to relate rather well. "

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