Applewhites at Wit’s End

by Stephanie Tolan
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

This is the sequel to Surviving the Applewhites, both of which I really enjoyed. The premise of this book is that the family is bankrupt and is going to start a summer camp for creative children to pay the bills. This actually reminded me of the premise of a grownup book I read years ago called When the White House Was Ours by Porter Shreve. The dysfunctional adults and creating their own school were very similar. Main character E.D. is the voice of reason in this family of left-brained artsy types, adults and kids alike, leaving E.D. de facto in charge of details that adults should have thought of. She handles her role with much grace and maturity, yet with a measure of frustration mixed in. The premise is wacky on its own, but the creative climax and resolution of the story are entertaining and clever.

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