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Author: Stephanie S. Tolan Narrator: Robert Sean Leonard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Applewhites Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060834708
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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 Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.B.Kitty | 3/30/2011

    " It was good but I am left with a huge question, what is going to happen when Jakes parents get out of the big house???? A totally good question right? Right!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/17/2011

    " I'm late to reading this wonderful book; listened to the audiobook; l love Destiny; great read/listen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/15/2011

    " This book was a great example of how a troubled teen's mind works. The second half of the book is my absolute favorite because it shows Jake's attitude change and he determines what he wants to be when he grows up. This is a great book for young teens to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/11/2011

    " This book was ok. The moral was good, but it is definitely a kid's book. I think my 9 year old would enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/9/2011

    " This is a awsome book and i hope i find a sequal to this book when i finish this one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chalse | 2/3/2011

    " This book is certainly unique. It's the metamorphosis of a punk to a nice young man, which almost never happens in a story. It's quite lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 2/2/2011

    " This story was very entertaining. Jake Semple undergoes a total transformation with the help of the "ecentric" Applewhite clan. You can't help but feel good after reading this tale of teenage self discovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/23/2011

    " Good book!! Great for kids who feel like they need to be tough... I'm happy to add it to next year's battle. "

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 Editors’ Choice, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Tolan lives on a little lake in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband Bob, two dogs (Coyote—the real dog from Listen!—and Samantha), a cat named Puck, two fish, and plenty of outdoor creatures.

About the Narrator

Robert Sean Leonard is an American actor best known for his role as Dr. James Wilson on the television series House M.D. His many film credits include The Dead Poets Society and The Age of Innocence. He has had numerous roles on Broadway, including The Invention of Love, for which he earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He also is an award-winning narrator who has been part of several full-cast readings that were finalists for the prestigious Audie Award. He has garnered five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and his readings have been called “masterful” and “insightful” (AudioFile).