Surviving the Applewhites

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Surviving the Applewhites
Cover of Surviving the Applewhites
Author Stephanie S. Tolan
Original title Surviving the Applewhites
Translator None
Illustrator None
Cover artist Laurie Keller (2004 HarperTrophy edition)
Country United States
Language English
Series None
Subject None
Genre Fiction
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Media type Hardcover
Pages 216
ISBN 0-06-623602-9

Surviving the Applewhites is a 2002 book by Stephanie S. Tolan. The book received a Newbery Honor award in 2003 and many other awards.


Jake, a 13-year-old troubled youth, is kicked out of public school. His grandfather, who is eager to get rid of him, arranges a placement for him at a home-school run by an eccentric family of artists, the Applewhites. Jake finds a friend in E.D., the 12-year-old black sheep of the Applewhite clan, and with her help finds ways to succeed.


Surviving the Applewhites received the Newbery Honor Book award and ALA Booklist Editors’ choice and Book Links Lasting Connection.


Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites. HarperCollinsPublishers Inc: New York, 2002 B002MWIEGG

Preceded by
Jack Mandelbaum
Winner of the
William Allen White Children's Book Award
Grades 6–8

Succeeded by
The City of Ember



Jake Semple is a juvenile delinquent. He has been kicked out of every school in Rhode Island. His grandpa doesn't want him and his parents are in jail so he is sent to this school full of eccentric people called the Creative academy. He meets many people and discovers his true talent.


E.D. Applewhite is one of the main characters of the story; she is named after Edith Wharton; she's the one with a sense of organization and structure while the rest of her family is spontaneous and craves freedom. Jake Semple is one of the main characters of the story; he is ambiguous about his feelings because his parents are in prison and he's been expelled from several schools. Jake is close to being placed in juvenile detention. Henry Dugan is Jake's grandfather. He seems to be afraid of Jake. Cordelia Applewhite is the creative and independent older sister of E.D. Archie Applewhite is a wood sculptor. Destiny Applewhite is E.D.'s four-year old brother. He is really active and likes to play pirates and search for treasures. Hal Applewhite is the mysterious reclusive brother of E.D., Cordelia, and Destiny. Randolph Applewhite is the father of the Applewhite children. He has shaggy dark hair and a goatee. Sybil Jameson is the mother of the Applewhite children. She has glasses and she is a famous detective writer. Winston, the family dog, is like the lamb in "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to Jake.

Publishing detail[edit]

  • Published by Collins-Worth Publishers Inc. , 483 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
  • Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1350 Avenue of Europe, Baltimore, MA 16019