In Stephanie S. Tolan’s Newbery Honor award-winning novel, Surviving the Applewhites, two misfits who have difficulty fitting in discover their individual mojo. Jake Semple is a thirteen-year-old delinquent, whose reputation as the reigning king of terror precedes him, and every school in Rhode Island, save one, refuses to accept him as a student. The only school willing to take on the troubled boy is Creative Academy, home to the Applewhites, an eccentric and eclectic mix of artistic talents, who refuse to be alarmed or dissuaded by the boy’s antagonistic demeanor. The only Applewhite not entirely accepting of Jake is E.D., a consummate organizer, whose calm and practical temperament sits in direct contrast to the delighted chaos of her family. The two are paired together to better help Jake adjust, and the animosity between Jack and E.D. climbs with increasing momentum. It may take a unique species of butterflies, a wayward production of The Sound of Music, and a whole lot more of hilarious hijinks to help these two bond and find a place in the world of Applewhites! Laugh-out-loud funny, Tolan’s novel boasts a wickedly large cast of intriguing characters, who will especially enchant readers grades 5 and up.