Surviving the Applewhites Author:Stephanie S. Tolan Newbery Award Winner. — ...just because something is bad doesnt mean it can't become good. Jake Semple is the bad boy, he has been expelled from numerous schools, even burning one down. He is then sent to Whits End, a school run by the Applewhites, a crazy family running a school for the arts. E.D., the only sane one, does not like Jake. Jake fee... more »ls the same about E.D.
"Yeah, well, I don't intend to be here long anyway." Jake swung the net lightly across the tops of the grass and weeds, sending puffs of thistledown into the air.
Good, E.D. thought. "Where do you intend to go?"
"Back to Rhode Island."
"Yeah? Dad says your social worker told him there aren't any more foster families back there who'll take you. If you go back, they're going to send you to Juvenile Hall. They must have some kind of school there. You'd probably like it better than this one. At least the other students would be more your type."
Jake didn't say anything. He just struck at the tall grass as if the net were a scythe - one way, then the other - scattering the seed heads and the blossoms of Queen Anne's lace.« less
My 10 year old son liked this book because he thought it was funny and cool. It is about a boy who did some bad things at his old school and was kicked out and sent to a home school. He didn't like everyone there at first but then he began to change and realized that he didn't have to act the way he used to.