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Book Review: “Surviving the Applewhites” by Stephanie S. Tolan

"The hills are alive with the Sound of Music"

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“Surviving the Applewhites” is a 2002 fictional story written by Author, Stephanie S. Tolan.  The story begins by introducing one of the main characters; Jake Semple.  Jake is a thirteen-year-old boy who has quite the reputation.  After being kicked out of all the schools in Rhode Island he moved to North Carolina.

After being removed once again from a public school, Jake attended the only school left to accept him, The Creative Academy Homeschool ran by the Applewhites.  All of the Applewhites had found their talent, except for E.D., a thirteen-year-old daughter of the Applewhites.  At first, Jake and E.D. didn’t see eye to eye, but through the production of “The Sound of Music” they discovered their own talents together.

“Surviving the Applewhites” is a book written to entertain people of all ages. I would definitely recommend this book to all students at Beckley Stratton. Readers will be able to relate to situations that occur throughout the book.  It sparks a variety of emotions, making it hard for readers to put down. Lessons about teamwork, dedication, self-confidence and acceptance can be learned. I personally liked this book for all of those reasons and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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