Surviving the Applewhites
Stephanie S. Tolan
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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?
break. The only milk in the refrigerator was in a canning jar. He poured it on both bowls of Cheerios. When he put the first spoonful into his mouth, he spit it right back into his spoon. “What’s the matter with this milk?” he said. Destiny, chewing a mouthful perfectly cheerfully, shrugged. “It’s from the goatses,” he said when he’d swallowed. Jake’s Cheerios went to Winston. Chapter Eleven In the schoolroom E.D. was getting ready for the day’s work. She was going to start the
thinking. His heart, he noticed suddenly, was actually pounding with excitement. He’d never auditioned for anything. What if he froze up? And what would it be like to sing on a stage in front of a lot of people? He’d never done it before. Then there was the acting. He didn’t know for certain that he could act, at least not with a script and lines somebody else made up. But something told him he could. Now that he thought about it, acting was what he’d been doing all his life. He didn’t know the
actually be ahead of her on something then. “How far have you gotten in it?” “Not that far. It’s slow going. I’ve been taking it with me to rehearsals, but it’s hard to concentrate there.” “I hope you aren’t going to let your role in The Sound of Music interfere with your schoolwork. We have an obligation to your grandfather to be sure you do a little learning while you’re here, you know.” Zedediah was giving him that look again. Was he warning Jake that the show could get snatched away from
whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins e-books. www.harpercollinschildrens.com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites; by Stephanie S. Tolan. p. cm. Summary: Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.
and on to his grandfather about how glad they were to have Jake joining them and how sure she was that they could provide him with just the environment he needed. Jake climbed down from the truck scowling his most ferocious scowl, but she only smiled. Even his silver-spiked black leather collar and his Vampire Zombies from the Beyond T-shirt with the skull and fangs that dripped bright red blood didn’t faze her. After a while, when she didn’t seem to be running down, his grandfather said he’d